Field Hockey Defeats Williams

September 29, 2013

Seventh-ranked Middlebury held a 20-1 penalty corners advantage in the game, coming away with a 2-1 win over Williams (2-5, 1-4) in a NESCAC contest played on Kohn Field. The Panthers (6-1, 4-1) have now won three straight as they return to action on Tuesday night when they host Skidmore at 6:30.

Middlebury threatened early, with four straight penalty corners seven minutes into the game, but could not find the back of the cage. The Panthers entered the halftime break with a 9-2 shots advantage, taking a dozen penalty corners while holding the Ephs to none.

Middlebury finally broke through at the 53:47 mark with a goal on its 17th penalty corner of the game. Catherine Fowler’s shot from the point was stopped by Nina Kumar, before Lauren Berestecky pounced on the rebound and scored her second of the year.

The Panthers struck again just 2:15 later with a penalty corner goal on their 19th opportunity. Alyssa DiMaio inserted the ball to Elinore O’Brien, who set it for Fowler. Fowler dribbled around an opponent to create space before blasting a shot past Kumar for her team-leading ninth of the season.

Middlebury had another great chance in the 60th minute in transition, but Chrissy Ritter’s shot from the right side went just wide after a nice pass from Madeleine Despins.

Williams broke up the shutout late in the game, scoring with just 1:30 remaining. Rachel Brissette sent a ball towards the crease from the left wing, where Cary Hairfield was there to deflect the shot in for her third of the year.

Middlebury finished with an 18-3 shots advantage, as Emily Knapp was forced to make no saves to earn the shutout. Kumar finished with nine stops for the Ephs.