Middlebury dropped a non-league road game on Thursday, falling at 11th-ranked Babson by a score of 15-13. The eighth-ranked Panthers return to action on Saturday, when they host Colby at 12:00. With the win, the Beavers improve to 7-2 overall while the Panthers drop to 4-2.
Babson scored the first two goals of the game to take the 2-0 lead when the Panthers answered back with two goals of their own to tie it, 2-2 with 22:15 remaining in the period. The Beavers then went on a 6-0 run over the next 10 minutes to take a strong 8-2 lead with 11:52 left in the half. Collins and junior Ellen McCurdy each scored two goals during the stretch. The half ended with Babson up, 11-6.
The Beavers looked to continue their momentum into the second half when Anna Collins scored an unassisted goal to start the period and give Babson the six goal advantage, 12-6. The Panthers then went on to score six of the next seven goals including four from the team' s leading scorer, senior Dana Heritage. The run brought Middlebury to within one, 13-12 with 11:37 left in the game.
Babson senior Kaitlyn Pettengill scored an unassisted goal at 9:05 to bring the lead back to two, 14-12 but Middlebury first-year Michaela Colbert cut the margin back to one with an unassisted goal just a minute later. Babson held the ball for the next six minutes and then scored an insurance goal when sophomore Trisha Babson found junior Alyssa Hood in front of the goal for a one-time into the back of the net to put the Beavers up 15-13 with 1:52 remaining in the contest. Middlebury was unable to gain possession as the Beavers took the 15-13 win.
Along with Collin's five goals, Ellen McCurdy, Trisha Babson, Hood, Pettengill and first-year Jamie Spang each added two goals apiece in the victory. Trisha Babson also chipped in a game high three assists. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Macary was brilliant in net making six saves in the win playing all 60 minutes after missing the last two games due to injury.
Middlebury was led by Heritage who finished with four goals and one assist. She was followed by Colbert and sophomore Stephanie Gill, who each tallied three goals. Junior midfielder Taylor Brown finished with a game high five draw controls. Sophomore Lily Nguyen went the distance in net making five saves for Middlebury.