Middlebury Falls At Salisbury

March 27, 2007

The Panther women's lacrosse team suffered its first loss of the season as Middlebury fell 11-10 at Salisbury in a match-up of two top 10 teams (No. 6 Salisbury and No. 7 Middlebury).

Salisbury received a pair of goals from Katie Simmons, Stephanie Shores and Ani Khatchatoorian along with two from Holly Johnson, including the eventual game-winner with 9:20 left in the game. Sue Ackermann passed out a game-high five assists to up her season total to 33.

Middlebury seniors Liza Humes (three goals, one assist) and Claire Edelen scored a game-high three goals apiece to lead the Panthers. Katherine Entwisle and Kim Walker scored two goals each and junior Amanda Smith added two assists in the loss.

Each team scored their goals in bunches as the game saw four ties and three lead changes. SU scored the game's first two goals followed by three from Middlebury. The longest goal run was five by the Gulls in the first half. The Panthers scored the final two goals before the half to cut the SU lead to one, 8-7, at the break.

In the second half, SU scored quickly on Shores' second goal of the game. The Panthers answered with back-to-back goals from Entwisle and Humes. Salisbury broke the 9-9 tie with a goal from Khatchatoorian off a feed from senior Natalie Degele. Johnson scored 12 minutes later off Ackermann's fifth assist only to watch Edelen score eight seconds later to reduce the SU advantage to 11-10.

The final stats reflect how close the game was as Middlebury outshot Salisbury 27-26 and won 13-of-23 draw controls. SU scooped up 22 groundballs to Middlebury's 15. The Panthers had 23 turnovers and the Gulls committed 19.

SU freshman goalie Natalie Pappas made seven saves in the game while Middlebury sophomore Blair Bowie stopped 12.