Fifth-ranked Middlebury edged #7 Amherst (3-1, 1-1) in a 2-1 win on the road Saturday. The Panthers (3-0, 2-0) return to action on Sunday when they host Hamilton at noon, while Amherst will entertain Endicott on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
Middlebury got on the board 12:37 into the first half. Lauren Schweppe's initial effort after a penalty corner by Audrey Quirk was saved, before Quirk's shot found the back of the cage. The score remained 1-0 for the rest of the half, as both teams battled back and forth.
Amherst had an opportunity to tie the score at 49:22, but Middlebury's Emma Johns came up with a defensive save. Just 25 seconds later, the Mammoths capitalized on a penalty stroke, when Elizabeth Turnball found the back of the cage, tying the score at 1-1.
The Panthers notched the game winner at 50:05 when Kelly Coyle scored on a sweeping shot with her back to the net. The goal was setup by a dish from Johns.
Middlebury finished with a 17-7 shots advantage in the contest, while holding a slight advantage in penalty corners (7-5). Megan Collins tallied three saves to earn the win, while Emilie Flamme made nine saves for the Mammoths.