Middlebury Downs NESCAC Foe Amherst

Elsa Hermanson scored three of the team's final four goals.
Elsa Hermanson scored three of the team's final four goals.

Middlebury scored the game's first four goals and never looked back, as the fifth-ranked Panthers (7-2, 4-1) defeated #19 Amherst 13-3 Saturday on Kohn Field. Middlebury returns to action on Wednesday at #17 Hamilton, while the Purple & White (4-4, 1-3) visit Wesleyan on the same day.

Four different players scored for the Panthers in the opening 11:38 for the 4-0 advantage. Amherst got on the board at the 14:03 mark when Kate Wyeth converted in transition after a Panther turnover.

Neither team scored for nearly nine minutes until Emma McDonagh converted a free position with a bouncing shot. She struck again with just 12 seconds remaining in the half on another free position, this one came from the top of the circle, giving her team a 6-1 lead at the intermission.

Hollis Perticone scored driving down the middle 3:41 into the second half, before a side-arm shot from Bea Eppler converted a free position for an 8-1 lead. Julia Crerend and Claire Cagnassola scored for Amherst with McDonagh's fourth of the game sandwiched in between, making it a 9-3 contest.

Middlebury scored the final four tallies of the game, including three from Elsa Hermanson, making it a 13-3 final.

McDonagh scored four goals on four shots to lead the Panthers, while Hermanson's three tallies came on three shots. Perticone earned a game-high four ground balls, while Evie Keating caused three turnovers. Kate Furber played a great game between the pipes, finishing with 13 saves and picking up five ground balls.

Kelly Karczewski's three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers by Sabina Solow aided the Amherst effort. Kyra Gardner made four saves and allowed eight goals in 34:32, while Talia Land earned two stops, while giving up five goals in 25:28.