#4 Middlebury Pulls Away From St. Lawrence in Home Opener

Emma McDonagh finished with two goals and three assists in Monday's win.
Emma McDonagh finished with two goals and three assists in Monday's win.

Fourth-ranked Middlebury scored eight unanswered goals over a span of 28:51 of action, easing to a 15-3 victory in its home opener against St. Lawrence (1-1) on Monday. The Panthers (4-0) return to NESCAC play on Saturday when they host #18 Wesleyan at 12:00 p.m., while the Saints (1-1) entertain SUNY Potsdam on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

St. Lawrence got on the scoreboard first when Greta Massey ran around from behind the net, moving from left to right, before sneaking a shot inside the far post with 28:17 left. Middlebury knotted the score at 1-1 when Emma McDonagh converted on a pass from Georgia Carroll less than three minutes later. Henley Hall scored on a nifty pass from McDonagh with 22:12 remaining, before Jenna McNicholas made it 3-1 on a low shot at the 12:47 mark.

McNicholas pushed the lead to 4-1 just 53 seconds later on a bouncing shot from the right. The score remained that way until 2:34 showed on the first-half clock, as Hollis Perticone fired a shot into the upper-right corner on a free-position shot for a 5-1 advantage headed into the halftime break.

Kirsten Murphy netted a free-positon shot for Middlebury just 15 seconds into the second half, before Carroll and McDonagh scored 29 seconds apart for an 8-1 lead with 26:44 left. St. Lawrence pulled to within six when Colby Hoffman scored on a pinpoint pass from behind the net by Ashley Norris.

A pair of tallies less than a minute apart by Emily Barnard on assists from Sara DiCenso moved the Panther edge to 10-2. The Saints scored their final tally of the contest when Rachel Boghosian bounced a low shot on the run with an assist by Emma Owens. Middlebury added five unanswered goals, including the first of her career by Madeline Lyons, en route to the 15-3 win.

McDonagh paced the Panthers with five points on two goals and three assists, Carroll had three goals and a helper, while Perticone finished with three scores. Barnard and McNicholas each scored twice and added an assist. Perticone won five draw controls, while Evie Keating ended the game with five ground balls and five caused turnovers. Julia Keith improved to 4-0 in the Panther net, making nine saves and picking up four ground balls.

Boghosian, Hoffman and Massey each scored for the Saints, while Massey earned two draw controls and Tayler Kent scooped up three ground balls. Sophie Cardenali (1-1) tallied 20 saves in goal for St. Lawrence, recording a team-best four ground balls.

Middlebury held decisive advantages in shots (45-15) and draw controls (12-4), including a 9-3 advantage in the second half.