No. 1 Field Hockey Records Pair of Top-10 Victories

Erin Nicholas scored the game-winning tally with 4:30 left on Sunday.
Erin Nicholas scored the game-winning tally with 4:30 left on Sunday.

Top-ranked Middlebury continued its hot start to the season with two home victories last weekend against top-10 ranked foes. The Panthers scored twice in each half Saturday for a 4-2 NESCAC win over eighth-ranked Bowdoin. The following day, a goal with 4:30 left in regulation propelled the hosts to a 2-1 win against No. 5 Babson.  

  • Goals by sophomores Danielle Brown (Needham, Mass.) and Erin Nicholas (Scarsdale, N.Y.) gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead against Bowdoin just under 11 minutes into play.  
  • After Bowdoin cut the lead in half with a goal minutes after the break, two goals by senior Grace Jennings (Ghent, N.Y.) gave the Panthers a 4-1 advantage with just over 20 minutes left. The two score gave Jennings a team-best seven tallies this fall.
  • Trailing 1-0 against Babson, Brown spun around before firing a shot that found the left side of the cage at the 12:18 mark for her sixth goal of the season.
  • The game-winning score came on a great individual effort from Nicholas, who gathered a loose ball around the midfield stripe. She dribbled through multiple Babson defenders before lifting a shot from the right over the right shoulder of Babson goalie Cassidy Riley from eight yards away. The tally came with 4:30 left and was Nicholas’ sixth of the year.
  • The Panthers are currently riding a program-record 23-game winning streak (16 to end last year and seven this season). They have also won 11-straight on Kohn Field.
  • Middlebury tops the NESCAC in goals per game at 5.1 per contest.

• Field Hockey record: 7-0  
• Up next: 9/26 at Skidmore – 4:00 p.m., 9/29 at Colby – 12:00 p.m.