Middlebury scored four goals in the game's first 1:54 and never looked back, picking up a 17-3 win over Rensselaer (2-4) on Kohn Field. The top-ranked Panthers (5-0) return to action on Saturday at Bowdoin, while the Engineers are idle until a March 31 home game against R.I.T.
Middlebury wasted little time, winning the opening draw before Emma McDonagh put her team on the board 17 seconds into the game. Sara DiCenso converted a pass from behind the net by Bea Eppler, before Casey O'Neill scored on a low shot to make it 3-0 at the 28:28 mark. DiCenso converted a free-position attempt with 28:06 on the clock to cap the opening run.
Rensselaer got on the board with 27:07 remaining when Allie Claroni converted a feed from Sophie Hager. Middlebury's Jenna McNicholas answered with a pair of goals to make it a 6-1 game before Claroni scored with a low shot into the back of the net. The lead grew to 8-2 before Hager made it an 8-3 game with 11:21 remaining in the first half. The goal would be the last one scored by the Engineers, as the Panther defense held them scoreless for the game's final 41:21. O'Neill and Henley Hall added goals for the Panthers as they took a 10-3 advantage into the intermission.
O'Neill netted her third of the game for Middlebury to open the second half, before McDonagh rolled around the crease for her second of the contest. Middlebury added five unanswered goals, including the first of her career by Winslow Ferris, en route to the 17-3 win.
O'Neill paced the Panthers with three goals, while McDonagh, DiCenso, McNicholas and Emily Barnard each scored twice. Hollis Perticone won five draw controls and picked up three ground balls, Emma Johns earned three ground balls, while Mary O'Connell won three draw controls. Julia Keith made two saves and allowed three goals in the first half to earn the win, while Alex Freedman made two second-half stops.
Claroni's two goals led Rensselaer, while Hager added a goal and an assist. Michelle Bolger and Abbey Salvon each earned three draw controls. Aleena Milinski made three saves and allowed nine goals in 21:21 of play, while Rebecca Wilen allowed eight goals and made five saves in 38:39.