Top-Ranked Middlebury Pulls Away From Conn. College

Emma White recorded a game high four caused turnovers in Saturday's win.
Emma White recorded a game high four caused turnovers in Saturday's win.

The Middlebury women's lacrosse team used a six-goal run in the first half to break open a 2-2 contest, as the Panthers ran their winning streak to 24-straight games with a 16-5 NESCAC road win at Connecticut College (2-1, 0-1) on Saturday. Middlebury (2-0, 2-0) is right back in action Sunday, traveling to Springfield for a 1:00 p.m. contest.

The Panthers grabbed the early lead, scoring on its first two shots of the contest. Susan Rowley buried a free-position attempt 45 seconds into the game, while Emily Barnard circled the cage and used a low shot less than a minute later for a two-goal cushion. The Camels picked up the next two scores, but Jane Earley put the visitors back in front (3-2) for good with 22:22 on the clock.

Early's tally kicked off a six-goal run by Middlebury, as the visitors raced out to an 8-2 advantage. Rowley added two more goals during the run, while Barnard and Earley capped the spurt with goals set up by each other. The Camels ended the run with a low shot by Mazey Loomis with 15:22 left in the opening 30 minutes.  The Panthers closed out the first half netting the final five goals for a commanding 13-3 lead. Sarah Weppler and Erin Nicholas each scored in that run, while Conn. College was short a player due to a yellow card.

In the second half, Middlebury goalie Julia Keith made back-to-back stops on Julia Loesch with just under 23 minutes remaining to keep the difference at 10 goals. The Panthers added to their lead when Barnard fed Kirsten Murphy at the right post with 18:20 on the clock, extending the advantage to 14-3. The visitors tacked on another tally in transition more than six minutes later with Earley picking up her fourth marker of the contest.

The Panthers netted their fourth player-advantage goal with 8:53 left in the game, as Grace Getman cashed in on a feed from Earley. The Camels closed out the scoring with a pair of scores in the final four minutes with Hannah Lombard and Loomis each finding the back of the Panther net for the 16-5 final.

Earley (4-3) and Barnard (3-4) each finished with seven points for Middlebury, while Rowley recorded a hat trick and Murphy tallied twice. Emma White paced the defense with four caused turnovers and three ground balls, while Erica Barr had three CTs and three GBs. Nicholas led all players with seven draw controls. Keith finished with four saves in 50:19 of action with Allie Battista playing the final 9:41.

Loomis scored twice for Conn. College, while Ellie Smith contributed with four ground balls and Abbie Cronin caused three turnovers. Nina Fazio finished with eight saves as the Panthers held a 29-13 advantage in shots.

Middlebury held a solid 16-7 edge in draw controls and a slight 22-21 advantage in ground balls.

This contest also served as the NESCAC Coaches vs. Cancer game as teams wore "Coaches vs. Cancer" shirts during warmups. Donations were being accepted as the conference had a goal of raising $25,000 to give back to the American Cancer Society.