March 24, 2012

No. 7 Middlebury Wrecks Wesleyan

from press release

– Seventh-ranked Middlebury won its home-opener as the Panthers (4-0, 3-0) cruised to a 19-6 win over Wesleyan (3-3, 1-3) on Kohn Field. Michaela Colbert, Ellen Halle and Liza Herzog each scored four goals to pace the Middlebury offense. The Panthers return to action on Sunday with an 11:00 a.m. game at Tufts.

Middlebury came out flying, taking a 3-1 lead in the game's first 2:38. The Panthers followed with six straight goals to take a 9-1 advantage with 11:38 remaining in the first half. Two three-goal runs of just over a minute each aided the early offensive outburst. Liza Herzog scored four of the first 11 Middlebury goals, with a pair from Colbert and two assists from Stephanie Gill.

Following a Wesleyan tally from Kaylin Berger with 9:52 remaining in the half, the Panthers scored the final four goals of the session to take a 13-2 lead into the halftime break. Colbert found the back of the net twice during the run, converting a nice feed from behind the net by Emma Kramer at the 9:27 mark. Halle closed out the first half scoring on a free position goal with six seconds remaining.

Halle picked up where she left off in the first half, curling around the goal to make it a 14-2 game at the 24:21 mark of the second half. The Panthers later extended the lead to 17-3 when Colleen Sullivan converted a cross-crease pass from Dani DeMarco with 12:45 remaining.

Wesleyan answered with a three-goal run, getting tallies from Berger, Madeline Coulter and Leah Sherman to cut the advantage to 17-6 with 6:45 left to play. Halle added her fourth of the game, while DeMarco closed out the scoring at the 3:07 mark.

Seven solo goals accompanied Middlebury's three four-goal efforts. DeMarco, Kramer, Katie Ritter, Elizabeth Garry and Alice Pfeifer each had a goal and an assist, while Gill dished out two helpers. Lily Nguyen earned the win with four saves in 42 minutes, while Alyssa Palomba stopped three shots in 18 minutes of action.

Berger led Wesleyan with two goals, Liz Chabot (5) and Lydia Kring (4) led the squad in draw controls, while Emma Frangules caused two turnovers. Maggie Drowica made seven saves in goal for the Cardinals.

Middlebury outshot Wesleyan 36-15, forcing 19 turnovers while committing just seven. The Cardinals held a 15-12 advantage in draw controls.

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