Seventh-Ranked Middlebury Tames the Tigers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado College may be the team to beat in the West, but it has yet to find the secret to beating the best teams from the East. Senior attacker Elizabeth Garry struck for three goals and set up two others to lead No. 7 Middlebury to an 18-6 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.

"We liked how we played and we liked our offensive sets," head coach Missy Foote said. "We're still early in our season so we were ironing out a number of things. I feel like it came together today."

Garry had a stick in four first-half goals as the Panthers opened up a 6-0 lead with 10:32 remaining before the break.

CC 's deficit would have been bigger had in not been for the efforts of junior goalkeeper Abby Fink, who made 14 of her 15 saves during the first 30 minutes.

The Tigers finally got on the board when senior midfielder Grace Maloney scored a man-up goal with 1:08 remaining in the first half, but 12 turnovers kept her team from keeping pace with Middlebury.

Any thoughts of a come-from-behind victory were dashed early in the second half when junior defender Neile Weeks and freshman midfielder Katie Ritter scored 18 seconds apart. Junior attacker Emma Kramer found the net a little more than four minutes later to give the Panthers a 9-1 lead with 21:36 remaining.

Senior attacker Leslie Jacoby added Colorado College's second tally off a perfect feed from Maloney, but Middlebury again answered with three consecutive markers.

After falling behind 15-3 with 6:38 to play, sophomore attacker Madeline Scherer, Jacoby and Maloney scored during a 3-1 run as the Tigers fought back to get within 16-6 with 1:08 to go.

"We didn't play 45 minutes of the game," said CC head coach Susan Stuart. "I would like to see us play them a full 60 minutes. Are they a good team? Yes. But so are we and we didn't show it today."

Middlebury finished with a 35-16 advantage in total shots and a 20-14 edge in ground balls.

The Tigers also had a difficult time solving senior goalie Lily Nguyen, who finished with five saves in 53:36 between the pipes and didn't allow a goal on eight free-position attempts.

The Panthers also created a territorial advantage by winning the first 12 draw controls and 18 out of 26 for the contest.

Maloney led Colorado College with three goals and a pair of assists.

Middlebury improved to 6-0, while the Tigers slipped to 7-1.

CC returns to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday when it plays host to Birmingham-Southern College in the final home game of the regular season.

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Seventh-ranked Middlebury improved to 6-0 on the season as the Panthers picked up an 18-6 road win at Colorado College. Elizabeth Garry scored three goals and assisted on two others to pace Middlebury, as the Panthers outshot their opponents, 35-16.

Margaret Souther scored twice with three helpers and added eight draw controls, while Ellen Halle added two goals and two assists. Liza Herzog scored twice in the win, while Alice Pfeifer had a goal and an assist. Lyly Nguyen made five saves in 54 minutes, while Alyssa Palomba made a pair in six minutes of action.

Grace Maloney scored three goals with two assists to lead Colorado College, while Abby Fink made 15 saves.

2012-03-28



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