Women’s Lacrosse Downs Springfield

Jane Earley recorded 12 points (7G, 5A) over the weekend.
Jane Earley recorded 12 points (7G, 5A) over the weekend.

The Middlebury women's lacrosse team (3-0) extended its win streak to 25 with a 23-4 victory at Springfield (2-3) on Sunday afternoon. The top-ranked Panthers have scored in double figures in each of the last 19 contests and have won 12 straight on the road. Middlebury is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Trinity at 2:00 p.m.

The Panthers grabbed the early lead, rattling off the first four goals of the contest. Erin Nicholas struck first at the 28:32 mark, before Jane Earley made it 2-0 less than two minutes later. Free position tallies by Earley and Susan Rowley extended the lead to 4-0 with 19:06 showing on the clock. Springfield's Anjelia Altebrando found the bottom right corner of the goal with a quick stick at the 16:03 mark, cutting the deficit to 4-1. Rowley tallied her second free position marker of the game, before Kirsten Murphy scored with a sidearm shot to extend the Panther advantage to 6-1 at the 13:42 mark. Middlebury scored the next eight goals, increasing the lead to 12-1 with 2:57 remaining. Grace Getman, Emily Barnard and Niki Mormile each scored a pair of markers during the run, while Rowley and Murphy scored once. The Pride's Gabby Fogg found the top right corner of the goal with 25 seconds remaining in the first to make it 12-2 heading into the break.

Springfield's Allison Delmonte got things going out of the intermission, finding the left panel on a free position with just 56 seconds expired in the second half. Middlebury scored 10 unanswered goals to take a commanding 22-3 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining. Murphy sparked the run with a pair of back-to-back tallies, before a bounce shot on a free position from Mormile made it 15-3 with 24:57 showing on the clock. Earley scored at the 22:21 mark cutting in from the right side, before Lily Riseberg found the back of the goal on a feed from Kate Zecca two minutes later. Barnard scored through the traffic of three Springfield defenders, making it 18-3 with 14:55 to go. Barnard, Getman and Rowley each tallied a goal over the ensuing 3:36, before Hope Robertson found nylon on a dish from Zecca for her first of the year. The Panthers closed out the scoring span with a goal from Zecca with 8:01 remaing. The Pride made it 22-4 with 5:13 to go, but Middlebury's Emma Inouye scored the final goal for the 23-4 victory. The tally was Inouye's first of her career.

Earley led all players with five points, scoring three and adding a pair of helpers. Barnard, Getman, Murphy, Mormile and Rowley each scored three tallies apiece. Zecca scored once and dished out a game-high three assists. Nicholas won five draw controls, scooped up five ground balls, caused four turnovers and scored once. Julia Keith made five saves in goal for the Panthers.

Springfield's Allison Delmonte scored a goal and an assist, while Fogg won four draw controls and tallied one goal. Brenna Keefe made five stops over 41:32 of action, while Emily McDermott did not make a save in the final 18:28.