Jeffs Stumble at Middlebury, 4-1, in Battle of Ranked Teams

Carly Dudzik '12 picked up the assist on Amherst's lone goal during a 4-1 loss at Middlebury.

MIDDLEBURY, VT – Lauren Greer scored three goals and assisted on another to lead the 17th-ranked Middlebury College field hockey team to a 4-1 win over 18th-ranked Amherst College Saturday afternoon at Kohn Field. The Panthers snapped Amherst’s five-game winning streak to improve to 5-3 (3-2 NESCAC), while the Lord Jeffs drop to 6-3 (3-3 NESCAC).

Middlebury’s Elinore O’Brien accounted for the only goal of the first half when she scored 28 minutes and 24 seconds into the game, but Greer would help the Panthers pull away by scoring the next three goals in a span of 24:22. Amherst got on the board with 2:17 remaining in regulation when Katie McMahon ’13 (Denville, NJ) scored off a penalty corner.

The Panthers’ first scoring attack began when Charlotte Gardiner sent the ball down the line to Greer, who carried it into the circle. Greer made a beautiful pass that found O’Brien, who punched it in to give the hosts a 1-0 lead with less than seven minutes to play in the half.

Greer’s first score of the game came on a breakaway less than three minutes into the second frame. With only Amherst goalkeeper Sarah Wise ’13 (Akron, OH) to beat, Greer’s shot from the left side was placed perfectly into the right corner of the cage, making it a 2-0 game.

Nine minutes and 31 seconds later, Greer put home a rebound after the ball bounced off of Wise’s pads. Greer’s third tally was nearly identical to her second, as she put home a rebound to hand the Panthers a 4-0 advantage with 7:43 to play.

The Jeffs finally broke through with less than three minutes remaining when they took advantage of a penalty corner. Carly Dudzik ’12 (Darien, CT) received the ball at the top of the circle and fired a shot on target, allowing McMahon to score on a deflection.

Although the Panthers scored the game’s first four goals, the Lord Jeffs held advantages in shots (12-7) and corners (10-6). Becca Shaw made 11 saves for Middlebury, seven of which came in the second half. Wise played the first 62:17 for Amherst, allowing four goals and stopping two shots. Claudia Easton ’14 (Mendenhall, PA) finished out the game in goal and made one save.

The Panthers will return to action Tuesday, Oct. 12, when they head to Keene State for a 6:30 p.m. game against the Owls. The Lord Jeffs will travel to take on Westfield State Wednesday at 7 p.m.