The ninth-ranked Middlebury women’s lacrosse team tallied a perfect 2-0 week. The Panthers scored the opening six goals of the game and first five scores of the second half, cruising to a 16-4 home victory Wednesday at Kohn Field over Rensselaer. During a road conference victory Saturday over Wesleyan, Middlebury jumped out to a 6-1 lead Saturday and eased past the Cardinals, 15-8.
On Wednesday, the Panthers recorded the game's opening six goals, as junior Chrissy Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) put the hosts on the scoreboard at 27:52 when she cut down the center of the Engineer defense and bounced a shot between the legs of goalie Erin Amarello. A little under a minute later, junior Laurel Pascal (Greenwich, Conn.) scored from five yards out on a quick-stick shot via a pass from senior Katie Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.). Unassisted goals from C. Ritter and K. Ritter along with tallies from juniors Alli Sciarretta (Wilton, Conn.) and Bridget Instrum (Granby, Mass.) gave Middlebury a sizable six-goal advantage with 8:54 remaining.
The Panther defense held the Engineers scoreless until 8:33 left in the opening half, as Meg Colitz bounced a shot that Middlebury junior goalie Madeleine Kinker (Rye, N.Y.) got a piece of but was unable to keep it from crossing the line.
Instrum scored Middlebury's seventh goal at the 7:13 mark, receiving a nifty pass from Pascal after she won the draw control and raced up the field. Colitz tallied her second goal of the game on a free-position shot with 3:53 left to cut the Middlebury lead to 7-2, but goals by Pascal at 2:36 and Sciarretta with six seconds left in the half sent the Panthers to the break with a 9-2 edge. Rookie Hollis Perticone (Norwalk, Conn.) picked up the assist in each of the goals.
Sciarretta picked up right where she left off, scoring with 23:39 left in the second half. A pair of goals 13 seconds apart by junior Kate Hodgson (Guilford, Conn.) gave the Panthers a 10-goal advantage, as Pascal made it 13-2 with 15:56 left.
Colitz netted her second free-position shot of the game at 11:43, but three-straight scores from K. Ritter, sophomore Bea Eppler (New Canaan, Conn.) and rookie Liesel Robbins (Hanover, N.H.) pushed the Panther advantage to 16-3. Rensselaer's Erin Riley capped the scoring with a shot from the right that snuck past Kinker.
Pascal and Sciarretta each scored three goals in the win, while K. Ritter, Instrum, Hodgson and C. Ritter scored twice. Sophomore Hailey Cosseboom (Sudbury, Mass.), Pascal and Perticone each tallied a pair of assists, while Pascal led the Panthers with four draw controls. Kinker earned the win with seven saves.
Colitz finished with three goals, while Riley ended with a team-best four draw controls. Amarello took the loss allowing nine goals with three saves in the first half, while Heather MacLauchlan made four saves and allowed seven goals in the second.
In Saturday’s win, the Panthers got four goals each from K. Ritter, who also had an assist for a five-point game, and Pascal. Ritter now paces Middlebury in scoring with 15 points on 10 goals and five assists. Pascal is right behind with 12 goals and two assists for 14 points.
Middlebury jumped out to that 6-1 advantage with 10:16 left in the first half as Ritter netted a pair while Pascal added a goal along with goals from Perticone, Instrum and Sciarretta. Wesleyan had its best run with three-straight goals to narrow the gap to 6-4 at the 2:21 mark with Liana Mathias and Meredith Smith joining Julia Black in the scoring department. Smith ended the game as high scorer with six points on three goals and three assists. She leads the Wesleyan team with 15 points as she tallied the Cardinals' first goal.
A 3-0 Middlebury run to end the half pushed the difference to 9-4 and a 5-1 start to the second half made it 14-5 with 14:00 to go. Wesleyan got three of the final four markers to make it a seven-goal differential at the final horn.
Perticone contributed four points to the Panther cause with two goals and two assists, pushing her seasonal total to 10 points. Mathias ended the contest with a hat trick for Wesleyan.
Shots were nearly even in the game as Middlebury held a slim 24-23 edge but the Panthers were a bit more accurate on the day, hitting the net 19 times while Wesleyan put 15 shots on cage. Middlebury collected 15 draws to 10 for Wesleyan, while the Cardinals had an 18-14 margin on ground balls.
Each team used two goalies in the outing. Kinker turned aside seven shots while allowing five goals in her 51:15 between the pipes. Rookie Alex Freedman (Villanova, Pa.) gave up the last three Wesleyan goals. Cardinals’ starter Nina Labovich picked up four saves in 53 minutes of work with 14 goals against. Grace McCann yielded the last Middlebury goal.
• Women’s lacrosse record: 3-1
• Up next: 3/21 @ Bowdoin – 11:00