Three First Half Goals Lift Field Hockey Past Hamilton

October 13, 2013

Middlebury scored three first half goals and never looked back, as the sixth-ranked Panthers (10-2, 6-2) earned a 4-1 win over Hamilton (3-7, 1-6) on Kohn Field. The game was the final regular season home game for Middlebury, as they boast a 6-0 mark at home. The Panthers return to action on Saturday at Bates.

Middlebury’s Katherine Theiss opened the scoring at the 12:29 mark, netting her ninth goal of the season. The Panthers next three goals would all come on penalty corners.

The lead grew to 2-0 on a penalty corner as Alyssa DiMaio inserted the ball to Elinore O’Brien. The ball was set for Catherine Fowler, who found DiMaio for the goal on the left side. Less than two minutes later, a similar goal occurred with Fowler feeding DiMaio from right to left for the tally.

Leading 3-0 at the break, Middlebury added to its lead at the 51:40 mark of the second half. Bridget Instrum fed Fowler, who scored her NESCAC-leading 14th of the year with a hard shot from the outside.

Middlebury keeper Emily Knapp kept the shutout intact shortly thereafter, making a diving save across the cage on a shot from Emma Anderson. Unfortunately, Knapp would lose the shutout with just five seconds remaining when Eva Rosencrans found the back of the cage for the Continentals.

Middlebury held a 27-7 shots advantage in the game, with a 12-2 lead in penalty corners. Knapp finished the contest with six saves, while Victoria Trentini made 14 stops for Hamilton.