#3 Field Hockey Posts Perfect 3-0 Week

Lauren Berestecky scored a career-high three goals during Sunday's win.
Lauren Berestecky scored a career-high three goals during Sunday's win.

Third-ranked Middlebury recorded three wins during a trio of games last week. Middlebury cruised past St. Lawrence during its lone home match by a 7-0 score Wednesday on Kohn Field. The Panthers followed that performance up with two road wins including a 4-1 NESCAC win Saturday over Connecticut College and a 9-0 victory Sunday against Smith.

On Wednesday, sophomore Lauren Berestecky (Madison, Conn.) put the Panthers on the board against St. Lawrence just 2:42 into the contest, driving to the goal from the right side. Rookie Annie Leonard (Darien, Conn.) scored the first of her career in similar fashion at the 5:44 mark, ripping a shot into the far side of the cage.

Middlebury made it a 3-0 game 10:48 in when sophomore Josie Trichka (Endwell, N.Y.) tipped in a shot from senior Anne Entwisle (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) following a penalty corner. Less than three minutes later, sophomore Olivia Jurkowitz (Greenwich, Conn.) netted the first of her career, converting a pass from senior Alyssa DiMaio (Morristown, N.J.) on a penalty corner to make it 4-0 just 13:44 into the game.

Rookie Hollis Perticone (Norwalk, Conn.) closed the first-half scoring with the first of her career, scoring with a shot to the top-left corner to put her team on top 5-0 at the break.

Just 3:59 into the second session, junior Jillian Green (Chappaqua, N.Y.) put home a rebound after an original shot from Leonard had been saved.

The Panthers had a great chance to score again in the 46th minute, but a great diving save by Julia Hudson denied junior Shannon Hutteman (Webster, N.Y.), before she got up to make another stop on Berestecky.

Middlebury scored the game's final goal at the 48:04 mark when Leonard fired home her second of the contest into the back left corner of the cage.

Middlebury finished with a 38-1 shots advantage in the contest, while holding a 19-1 lead in penalty corners. Senior Emily Knapp (Scarsdale, N.Y.) (56:59) and rookie Evangeline Dunphy (Williston, Vt.) (13:01) both saw action in net for the Panthers. Saint starter Kim Haab allowed four goals and made seven saves over the first 18:41, while Hudson made 14 stops in 51:19 of action with three goals allowed.

During Saturday’s play, Connecticut College took a 1-0 lead 8:35 in when Berklee Vaillancourt scored with a shot to the right corner of the cage after a nice stick move.

Perticone tied the game at 1-1 when she tipped in a shot from junior Anna Kenyon (Dedham, Mass.).

Senior Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) scored her first of the season at 22:43, taking a feed from sophomore Pam Schulman (Greenwich, Conn.) to score on a two-on-one break to make it a 2-1 game at the break.

Rookie Caroline Knapp's (Scarsdale, N.Y.) first of her career came just 1:50 into the second half, as she drew the keeper out to get a look at an open cage.

The game's final goal came at the 57:26 mark as Fowler again scored on a two-on-one, as Leonard earned the assist on Fowler's second tally.

Middlebury finished the contest with a 20-9 shots advantage, as well as a 13-5 edge in penalty corners. E. Knapp finished with eight saves in goal to earn the win, while Ryley Van der Velde made a dozen stops for the Camels.

On Sunday, Berestecky scored a career-high three goals, all as part of a six-tally outburst in the opening half. In the fourth minute, she scored on an assist from DiMaio following a penalty corner. Just over two minutes later, Berestecky tacked on another with a helper from Leonard. In the 17th minute, Schulman put the visitors up 3-0 via an assist from Fowler, while DiMaio added an unassisted score just 1:05 later. 

The score remained that way until the 26th minute. Berestecky completed her first-half hat-trick via a helper from Perticone. Hutteman capped off the opening half with a goal in the 29th minute.

Following the halftime break, Kenyon and Green each recorded unassisted scores in the 40th and 53rd minutes, respectively. Petricone added her name to the goal-scoring column with a tally in the 54th minute.

Middlebury finished with a 33-4 shots advantage in the contest, while holding a 15-7 edge in penalty corners. E. Knapp (66:49) and Dunphy (3:11) both saw playing time in front of the net for the Panthers, as Knapp tallied four saves. Smith starter Nora Demick allowed eight goals and made 13 saves during 52:14 of action, while Cameo Tietje made three stops in 17:46 of action with a goal surrendered.

• Field Hockey record: 4-0
• Up next: 9/20 vs. Bowdoin – noon