#4 Middlebury Cruises Past Union

Henley Hall scored two goals on three shots in the win.
Henley Hall scored two goals on three shots in the win.

The Middlebury women's lacrosse team cruised past Union (0-7), scoring eight of the first nine goals in a 16-4 victory Tuesday on Kohn Field. The Panthers (9-1) are back in action on Saturday when they host #21 Colby at 12:00 p.m., while the Dutchwomen will entertain Skidmore on the same day at 2:00 p.m.

Middlebury wasted little time getting on the board, scoring 3:44 into the game when Casey O'Neill found the back of the net on a free-position attempt. Union responded at the 7:35 mark when Kellie Cronin rocketed a shot past Panther goalie Julia Keith from 10 yards out, making it 1-1. The Panthers recorded seven goals over the ensuing 17:44 from seven different players, including a goal with a player advantage by Jenna McNicholas on a free-position bounce shot.

The Dutchwomen cut the Panther edge to six at 8-2 with 5:41 remaining in the half when Corey Golden scooped up a loose ball and found the back of the net. Middlebury tacked on two more goals with McNicholas' second of the game and a single score from Kate Zecca with 1:28 remaining in the half. Union answered when Ramsey Walsh found Caitlin Pandolfi behind two Panther defenders, making it 10-3 heading into the locker room.   

Out of the intermission, Henley Hall increased the Middlebury advantage to 11-3 just nine seconds after the draw. The Panthers tallied five-straight goals over the next 14:49 from five different players, including Hall's second of the game. Union's Emma Lowrey concluded the scoring on a dish from Hannah Rosenberger with 3:59 remaining for the final 16-4 count.  

Emily Barnard, Georgia Carroll and Hall all recorded two goals and two groundballs each for the Panthers, while McNicholas and O'Neill each had two tallies. Hollis Perticone concluded the game with seven draw controls. Keith picked up the win in goal making two saves in 42:53 of action, while Alex Freedman logged the final 17:07 with six saves.

Four different players scored for Union. MK McIntire won seven draw controls for the Dutchwomen, while Celia Condrick and Walsh both scooped up three ground balls. Union goalie Ellen Taney made 14 stops in net for the visitors.