Overtime Goals Lifts Connecticut College Past Middlebury

Ellie Barney scored her first career goal in the game (Will Costello).
Ellie Barney scored her first career goal in the game (Will Costello).

Erin Dillon scored 3:02 into overtime, lifting eighth-ranked Connecticut College (4-1-0, 3-1-0) to a 4-3 win over sixth-ranked Middlebury (3-3-0, 3-1-0) in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers end their semester next Saturday when they host Castleton at 3:00 p.m., while the Camels visit Manhattanville on the same day.

Connecticut College wasted little time getting on the board, opening the scoring just 1:42 into the first period. Lily Connolly beat a Middlebury defender behind the goal, before Elena Gualtieri connected with her pass to make it 1-0. 

The Camels increased the lead to 2-0 at the 6:33 mark when Katlyn Paiva backhanded a feed from Gualtieri to the upper-right corner of the goal.

Middlebury responded 11:04 into the period, when Ellie Barney netted her first career goal, making it 2-1.

The Panthers knotted the game on a power play at the 14:59 mark when Madie Leidt centered a pass from the right, before Jessica Young one-timed the feed from the top of the left faceoff circle into the back of the net.

The hosts took the lead 12:25 into the second stanza on a power play when Young knocked in a centering pass from Leidt, making it 3-2.

Middlebury had a great opportunity to make it a two-goal game 7:49 into the third period, but Janka Hlinka's shot hit the pipe and was cleared away.

Connecticut College found the equalizer at the 13:23 mark when Connolly banked in a shot off Middlebury goaltender Lin Han after a pass from Gualtieri.

Dillon's game-winner came when Paiva gathered her own rebound and made a quick pass for a one-timer.

Middlebury held a slim 30-28 shots' advantage in the game, as Han made 24 saves between the pipes. Bailey Mertz picked up the win, making 27 stops on the afternoon. The victory gave Connecticut College a split of the weekend series after Middlebury was victorious 3-0 on Friday night.