March 9, 2013

No. 5 Middlebury Drops 20 on Bates in Opener

from press release

Middlebury, Vt. - Middlebury opened the 2013 season with a decisive victory over NESCAC foe Bates 20-4 at Kohn Field. The Panthers (1-0, 1-0) broke open a 2-1 game, closing out the first half on an 11-0 run. Middlebury, ranked fifth nationally returns to action next Saturday with a contest against Conn. College, while the Bobcats (0-2, 0-1) play back-to-back top 10 teams this weekend, facing eight-ranked Amherst on Sunday.

The Panthers used an effective crease attack, scoring numerous goals from point-blank range, including the game's first two goals. Laurel Pascal scored the first of her three goals on a set-up from Michaela Colbert at 29:34. Fifty-nine seconds later Emma Kramer put a quick-stick shot past Bates' goalie Hanna Jeffrey on a set-up by Ellen Halle.

The Bobcats made it a 2-1 game at 25:59 on a free position score by Emma Getsinger, before the Panthers unleashed their 11-0 run to close the half. Margaret Souther scored all four of her goals during the run, including the final goal of the half. Halle added five points with two more goals and three helpers, as Colbert and Pascal each scored during the 11-goal burst.

Leading 13-1 to start the second half, Pascal capped her hat trick at 28:22 on a free position shot. Bates followed when Moriah Greenstein found the net on an assist from Wally Pierce at 25:20. Halle scored the next two for Middlebury, before Souther set-up Kramer at 19:27 for a 17-2 lead. Greenstein assisted on Kathy Yannopoulos' goal at 14:00, before Alice Pfeifer assisted on the next two Panther goals. Chrissy Ritter finished the Middlebury scoring at 6:32 on an unassisted tally and a 20-3 lead, as Yannopoulos capped the scoring for both teams at 3:18 with a free position goal, for a 20-4 final

Halle's four goals and four assists led all scorers, as Souther netted four and dished one assist. Pfeifer ended the game with two goals and three assists, while Colbert and Kramer had two goals and two assists to go along with Pascal's hat trick. Alyssa Palomba played 60:00 in net for Middlebury, stopping three shots, while collecting two game-highs with five groundballs and three caused turnovers.

Yannopoulos finished with two goals for Bates, as Greenstein added a goal and an assist. Hannah Jeffery took the loss in net for the Bobcats allowing 19 goals while making 11 save in 51:42. Reserve Jill Conway allowed one goal in 8:18 of action.

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