No. 3 Women’s Lacrosse Tallies Three Wins

Emily Barnard led the Panthers with four goals in the win at Trinity.
Emily Barnard led the Panthers with four goals in the win at Trinity.

The third-ranked Middlebury women’s lacrosse team posted three victories last week, increasing its winning streak to 12. On Wednesday, Middlebury outscored visiting Plymouth State 13-2 in the first half on its way to a 19-4 triumph. Jumping back into NESCAC play on the road, used a five-goal run over a span of more than 17 minutes on Saturday, breaking open a close game for a 14-8 triumph at No. 12 Trinity. The following day, Middlebury earned its eighth win against a ranked opponent, edging 24th-ranked Hamilton, 13-9.

  • Tied at 1-1 against Plymouth State, Middlebury took control of the contest, scoring the next 11 goals for a 12-1 edge, including four goals and a nice assist from senior Emma McDonagh (Reading, Mass.).
  • Up 13-2 at the half, the Panthers used a pair of 3-0 spurts and cruised to the 19-4 win.
  • McDonagh tied career highs with six goals and eight points, while junior Emily Barnard (Wayland, Mass.) had three goals and two assists and classmate Kate Zecca (Leesburg, Va.) scored three times. Rookie Jane Earley (North Falmouth, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and five draw controls, while sophomore Addy Mitchell (Medfield, Mass.) had six caused turnovers, which tied a career best. Junior Julia Keith (North Andover, Mass.) earned the win without recording a save in the opening frame, while senior Kate Furber (Manchester, Mass.) made seven saves in the final 30 minutes.
  • Knotted at 2-2 against Trinity, Middlebury rattled off a 6-2 run with goals from six different players for an 8-4 lead. The Bantams tallied the next two scores, before a last-second tally from 20 yards out by Barnard put the Panthers up 9-6 at the half.
  • The Panthers recorded the first four scores of the second half, highlighted by a pair from Barnard, for a 13-6 lead and eased to the 14-8 win.
  • Middlebury excelled on free-position shots in the victory, scoring on 7-8.
  • Barnard paced the Panther attack with four goals, while McDonagh and senior Jenna McNicholas (Westport, Conn.) each contributed with hat tricks. Earley chipped in with a goal, five ground balls and two caused turnovers, while sophomore Erin Nicholas (Scarsdale, N.Y.) had four draw controls and three caused turnovers. Keith earned the win with three saves in the first half, while Furber made three stops in the final 30 minutes.
  • In the win at Hamilton, Middlebury jumped out to leads of 4-1 and 6-2, before a Continental goal with 10 seconds left pulled the hosts to within 7-5 at the halftime break.
  • The Panthers scored four of the first five goals in the second half, including three from McDonagh, for an 11-6 advantage. Hamilton moved to within three at 11-8, but a pair of goals from McNicholas pushed the advantage back to five en route to the 13-9 win.
  • Earley tallied a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists, another career best. McDonagh extended her scoring streak to 40-straight games with four goals and a helper, while McNicholas recorded four goals. Mitchell collected four ground balls and two caused turnovers, senior Alex White (Dover, Mass.) also had four ground balls, while Nicholas boasted eight draw controls. Keith and Furber each played a half and had two saves apiece.

• Women’s lacrosse record: 12-1
• Up Next: 4/20 vs. Tufts – 2:00 p.m.