March 29, 2011

Like Old Times: Middlebury Smashes Stevens

from press release

– Middlebury downed Stevens Institute of Technology 17-7 in a battle of top 20 teams on Tuesday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex. The 13th ranked Panthers scored the game's first four goals as the ninth-ranked Ducks could get closer no than two the rest of the way.

Middlebury (5-0) had the better run of play in the first half, taking a 7-3 lead into the intermission. The Panthers ended the opening 30 minutes with a 15-13 edge in shots and a 14-9 ground ball advantage. The two teams committed an amazing 46 fouls in the first half, while the Ducks (5-2) won 7-of-11 draws.

Sally Ryan put Middlebury on top 1-0 at the 1:17 mark with a free-position tally, as Michaela Colbert followed up 5:25 later, for the Panthers' second score. Ellen Halle extended the Panther lead to four with a pair of unassisted goals 18 seconds apart, before Stevens was able to slice the lead in half, thanks to markers from Leah Wasserman and Joey Galligan. Middlebury responded, scoring three of the final four goals of the half for a 7-3 lead at the break.

Halle, Elizabeth Garry, and Colbert each scored two goals, leading a 7-0 run to start the second half of play, opening a 14-3 advantage for Middlebury. After a Stevens goal, the Panthers scored the next three for a 17-4 lead with 9:14 left, as Ryan, Stephanie Gill, and Alice Pfeifer each scored during the burst. The Ducks netted the final three goals of the game for the 17-7 outcome.

Stevens ended the game with a 30-28 advantage in shots but the Panthers were able to convert 61 percent of their attempts into scores. The Panthers finished with an 18-14 edge in ground balls, while Stevens ended with a 14-11 advantage in draw controls. The two teams combined to commit 79 total fouls as Stevens to committed 40 to Middlebury's 39.

Halle finished with a game-high seven points on five goals and two assists, while Colbert and Ryan each tallied three times for Middlebury. Lily Nguyen made 13 saves for the Panthers, allowing five goals over the first 55:35, while Alyssa Palomba filled in for the final 4:25, allowing two scores.

Pamela Loria had a pair of goals and one assist, as Michelle Buonacuore netted two goals to pace Stevens. Starting goalie Melanie Welcome allowed eight goals over 40:40 of play took the loss, while reserve Meg Collins allowed nine goals over the final 19:20, without a save.

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