Ninth-ranked Connecticut College (4-0-0, 3-0-0) scored three unanswered goals in the first period on its way to a 3-1 win over third-ranked Middlebury (3-2-0, 2-1-0) in game one of a two-game NESCAC series in Connecticut. The teams will face off once again on Saturday, with a 3:00 p.m. start time.
Julie Beattie opened the scoring with a blast from the red line 1:59 into regulation. With 12:04 remaining in the frame, Anna Bleck knocked in a rebound off of a shot from Jordan Cross, making it a 2-0 game. With just under four minutes left in the opening period, Katlyn Paiva made a nice wraparound move for a goal, giving the Camels a 3-0 lead.
The Panthers held a 37-24 shots advantage as Katherine Chester made 36 saves to earn the win. Julia Neuburger made 21 stops between the pipes for Middlebury.