The Middlebury field hockey team recorded a pair of victories last week over nationally-ranked foes. The Panthers came from a 2-0 deficit scoring three times in the final 20 minutes for a 3-2 win Wednesday at ninth-ranked Skidmore. The team returned home to Kohn Field and cruised past fifth-ranked Tufts in NESCAC action on a rain-drenched Saturday by a 6-1 tally. With the victories, 14th-year Panther head coach Katharine DeLorenzo eclipsed the 200-win plateau (200-50) at Middlebury. Overall, DeLorenzo's career mark as a head coach stands at 295-114-2.
During Wednesday’s match, junior Bridget Instrum (Granby, Mass.) assisted on all three goals in the victory. The loss snapped a 21-game home win streak for the Thoroughbreds, dating back to a 2-1 loss at the hands of Middlebury in 2012.
After a scoreless first 30 minutes, Skidmore got on the board when Sam Skott lifted a shot past Panther senior goalie Emily Knapp (Scarsdale, N.Y.). The shot came from along the end line, just outside the cage for her 15th goal of the season at 31:44.
Dani DeGregory gave the Thoroughbreds a 2-0 lead when she deflected a long pass from Pauline Searles that caught the top of the cage for her Division III leading 19th goal at 41:44.
Middlebury got one back when sophomore Pam Schulman (Greenwich, Conn.) placed a shot past charging Skidmore goalie Amy Beck at 49:27.
Senior Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) tied the game on a deflection from Instrum at the 63:40 mark. The goal was Fowler's sixth of the season, tying her with sophomore Lauren Berestecky (Madison, Conn.) for the team lead.
Instrum then set up the game-winner when rookie Hollis Perticone (Darien, Conn.) converted her pass in front with just 2:46 remaining.
Middlebury had a 19-9 shot advantage and 9-7 edge in corners. Beck tied her career-high with 10 saves, while Knapp had two saves for the Panthers.
On Saturday, Schulman tallied two goals and assisted on a career-high three others lifting fourth-ranked Middlebury to the five-goal win.
The Panthers jumped on the board early with a goal in the third minute. Just 2:21 into the match on a penalty corner, Schulman sent a hard, low shot toward the goal from eight yards out that rookie Annie Leonard (Darien, Conn.) tapped in. A little more than eight minutes later, Schulman dribbled down the left side of the field all the way to the end line. She stopped and sent a nifty pass to the stick of Instrum, who tapped it in at 10:45 for a 2-0 Middlebury advantage.
The score remained a two-goal edge for the Panthers headed to the halftime break. A little over a minute after the intermission, Middlebury drew a penalty corner opportunity. During that possession, Schulman received the ball on the left side and found a cutting Leonard in front of the Jumbo goal for a 3-0 lead at 36:08.
Keeping the offensive pressure going, Schulman put her name in the goal-scoring column following a scrum in front of the goal at 39:58. Just under eight minutes later, she was on the receiving end on an Instrum pass. Instrum dribbled down the left side, reverse pivoted, and sent a hard pass to the stick of Schulman, who put it home at the 47:43 mark.
Trailing 5-0, Tufts got on the board during a penalty corner when Dakota Sikes-Kelip rocketed a shot from just inside the arc. Dominique Zarrella redirected the shot into the back of the Panther goal at 61:39.
Just 37 seconds later, Perticone completed the Middlebury scoring with her fifth goal of the season. Sophomore Josie Trichka (Endwell, N.Y.) worked her way down the right side of the field, and smacked a pinpoint pass to Perticone, who scored in front of a wide-open cage.
Middlebury finished with a 16-6 shots advantage in the contest, while holding a 14-6 edge in penalty corners. Knapp tallied four saves in front of the Middlebury goal, while Brianna Keenan was credited with nine stops for the Jumbos.
• Field Hockey record: 8-1
• Up next: 10/7 @ Williams – 6:00, 10/11 @ Trinity – 2:00, 10/12 @ Hamilton – 1:00