Middlebury's Annie Leonard scored 26 seconds into the second overtime to lift the seventh-ranked Panthers past #10 Bowdoin (3-2, 3-2). The victory marked the 250th win at Middlebury for 17th-year head coach Katharine DeLorenzo (250-59). Middlebury (4-1, 3-1) is back in action tomorrow when it visits #2 Babson for a 1:00 p.m. start.
Both teams had a handful of scoring opportunities deep in the circle, but a strong defensive presence on each end led to a scoreless first half.
Out of the break, Middlebury had two great opportunities to get on the board. The first chance came at 40:05, when Erin Nicholas directed a reverse chip on net that Bowdoin goalkeeper Maddie Ferrucci denied. Just 8:26 later, Audrey Quirk had a chance to score, but Bowdoin's Elizabeth Bennewitz came up big with a defensive save.
After a scoreless first overtime, the Panthers notched the game winner just 26 ticks into the second extra session. Nicholas carried the ball across the circle from left to right, before finding Leonard on the right side, who buried the ball in the back of the cage to solidify the NESCAC win. The goal was Leonard's 61st of her career, moving her into third place in the program's record books past Reid Berrien '08 (60).
The Panthers held a 25-8 shot advantage over the Polar Bears. Middlebury's Abby Furdak earned the shutout, picking up her first career win in goal with five saves. Ferrucci made 14 stops in goal for Bowdoin.