#3 Middlebury Blanks Trinity

Molly Freeman scored her eighth goal of the season in Middlebury's win over Trinity on Saturday.
Molly Freeman scored her eighth goal of the season in Middlebury's win over Trinity on Saturday.

The Middlebury field hockey team picked up its sixth-straight win with a 4-0 NESCAC victory over Trinity on Saturday. The Panthers (10-2, 7-1) return to action tomorrow when they host Husson at 1:00 p.m., while the Bantams (7-5, 3-5) entertain Wesleyan on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Trinity's best chance to get on the board came just 4:45 into the game, when Kelcie Finn took a hard shot to the upper-left corner, but was denied by Middlebury goalie Abby Furdak. The Panthers grabbed the lead, scoring at the 13:23 mark, when Marissa Baker one-timed a centering feed from Annie Leonard.

Middlebury doubled the lead with 8:04 remaining in the opening stanza. Grace Jennings worked the ball down the left side of the field, before sending a cross in to Danielle Brown, whose shot was tipped in by Leonard.

Out of the intermission, Trinity had their best opportunity to cut the deficit in half at the 37:33 mark, but Finn's shot sailed just high of the cage. Just 2:23 later, Bantam goalie Lori Berger came off her line to deny a breakaway attempt by Jennings.

The Panthers added to their lead in the 48th minute after a penalty corner, to make it a 3-0 game. Baker sent a cross in to Leonard, whose shot was tipped home by Molly Freeman. The final goal of the game came 3:32 later in a similar fashion. Following a penalty corner, Jennings redirected a shot by Audrey Quirk.

Middlebury held a 22-6 advantage in shots for the contest. Furdak made two saves to earn the win for the Panthers, while Berger stopped eight shots for the Bantams.