Four Second Half Goals Propel Field Hockey Past Trinity

October 12, 2013

Middlebury broke open a 1-0 game with four goals in less than 20 minutes in the second half on its way to a 5-0 victory over Trinity (5-5, 3-4). The sixth-ranked Panthers move to 9-2 overall, 5-2 in NESCAC play and will return to action on Sunday when they host Hamilton at 1:00 p.m.

Middlebury scored on its first corner of the game, as Catherine Fowler worked a give-and-go with Elinore O’Brien, resulting in Fowler’s team-leading 12th of the season. The first half ended with an 11-0 shots advantage for the Panthers, but just a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers scored twice in a 2:40 span early in the second half to take a 3-0 lead. Katherine Theiss tallied on a rebound after a shot from Bridget Instrum had been saved, before Hannah Deoul found the back of the cage on a rebound after a Fowler shot had been stopped.

The Bantams had a pair of corners and then nearly got on the board at 55:50, but Paige Duke’s breakaway shot was denied by Emily Knapp who came out to challenge the play.

Instrum scored on a corner with O’Brien earning her second assist of the game at 55:50 to make it a 4-0 game. Fowler wrapped up the scoring at 61:37 with a penalty stroke, netting her NESCAC-leading 13th of the year.

Middlebury finished the game with a 19-4 shots advantage and a 9-2 lead in penalty corners. Knapp earned her fourth shutout of the season with four saves, while Sophie Fitzpatrick made 11 stops for Trinity.