Field Hockey Tops Colby, Advances To NESCAC Semi's

November 2, 2013

Middlebury advanced to the NESCAC Semifinals for the 10th time after a 3-0 win over Colby (9-6) in a NESCAC Quarterfinal contest played on Kohn Field. The fifth-ranked Panthers (13-2) will travel to Amherst for the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday, November 9th. Middlebury will take on the host school in one match-up, while Bowdoin meets Tufts in the other contest.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead 16:03 into the game with the fourth of the season from Lauren Berestecky, who cleaned up a rebound after a diving save from Colby keeper Sarah Evans. The Panthers continued to pressure with several penalty corner opportunities, but the game remained at 1-0 heading into the halftime break.

Bridget Instrum gave Middlebury a little breathing room just 2:03 into the second session, netting her eight of the season. After taking a pass from Jillian Green, Instrum scored with a reverse sweeping shot that found its way into the back of the cage.

Colby pressured a bit in the 48th minute, but shots by Erin Maguire and Megan Fortier were denied by Emily Knapp.

Middlebury made it a 3-0 game at the 51:23 mark when Katherine Theiss netted her 11th of the season after a nice crossing pass from Chrissy Ritter.

The Mules had a pair of penalty corners later in the half with one broken up by the Panther defense and one denied by Knapp.

Middlebury finished the game with a 16-5 advantage in shots, as Knapp made five saves to earn her fifth shutout of the season. Evans finished with four stops in 56:05, while Michelle Burt made three saves in the final 13:55 of the contest.