During a pair of weekend road matches, the Middlebury field hockey team defeated NESCAC foe Colby by a 3-1 count on Saturday in Maine. The team turned around a day later, cruising past ninth-ranked Montclair State on Sunday by a 9-1 tally in a match played in Albany, New York.
During Saturday’s match, junior Bridget Instrum (Granby, Mass.) scored a goal in each half propelling the Panthers to the 3-1 NESCAC victory on Bill Alfond Field.
Middlebury took control in the first nine minutes of the game with a pair of goals. Instrum tallied an unassisted score just 2:10 into the game. The second goal started off a penalty corner and ended up with a scrum in front of the net. Junior Jillian Green (Chappaqua, N.Y.) was credited with the goal off an assist from junior Shannon Hutteman (Webster, N.Y.) at 8:50.
In the second half, the Panthers used a quick counter to develop a three-on-one advantage. Junior Anna Kenyon (Dedham, Mass.) worked down the right side, and pushed a ball across to Instrum for the one-touch score with 28:54 remaining.
The Mules got on the scoreboard when Caroline Ferguson scored on a play that started off a penalty corner with 3:48 remaining. Kellie Walsh had a shot blocked in front. In the scramble, the ball was pushed out to Ferguson on the right side of the goal for the score.
Both teams finished with 20 shots, while the Panthers held a slight 9-8 edge in penalty corners.
Middlebury senior Emily Knapp (Scarsdale, N.Y.) recorded five of her seven saves in the first half. Colby goaltender Sarah Evans was credited with nine stops.
In Sunday’s match, seven different players scored a goal, as Middlebury cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Red Hawks.
The Panthers jumped on the board early with a pair of goals in the opening 2:22. Just 1:17 into the match, Hutteman scored following a penalty corner when senior Alyssa DiMaio (Morristown, N.J.) inserted the ball to the stick of Kenyon, who set it for Hutteman on the left side. A little more than a minute later, senior Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) recorded her first goal of the game on a penalty stroke.
In the ninth minute, Kenyon passed the ball across the top of the arc from left to right onto the stick of sophomore Lauren Berestecky (Madison, Conn.), who put the Panthers up 3-0. Sophomore Pam Schulman (Greenwich, Conn.) tapped in her own rebound at 20:56, giving Middlebury a four-goal advantage.
Trailing 4-0, Montclair State got on the board following three-consecutive penalty corners at 23:08 when Maura Johnston scored her sixth of the year via an assist from Gianna Moglino.
The score remained 4-1 in favor of Middlebury until the 33rd minute. Kenyon capped off the quintet of first-half goals for the Panthers with an unassisted tally at 32:57.
Following the halftime break, rookie Annie Leonard (Darien, Conn.) and Instrum each recorded scores at 38:05 and 40:56, respectively, via assists from Fowler. At 46:09, Fowler completed her four-point performance with her second goal of the match on a low, hard shot from the right side.
Just over 10 minutes later, Hutteman completed the scoring with a goal on a penalty corner on assists from rookie Lauren Schweppe (Chester Springs, Pa.) and DiMaio.
Middlebury, who tied a season-high with its nine goals, finished with a 26-7 shots advantage in the contest, while holding a 13-6 edge in penalty corners. Knapp (65:57) and rookie Evangeline Dunphy (Williston, Vt.) (4:03) both saw playing time in front of the net for the Panthers, as Knapp tallied three saves. Montclair State starter Rebecca Brattole allowed nine goals and was credited with eight saves.
• Field Hockey record: 6-1
• Up next: 10/1 @ Skidmore – 4:00, 10/4 vs. Tufts – 1:30