No. 6 Panthers Rout Cadets to Advance in NCAA Action

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. Middlebury had little trouble with Norwich, handing the Cadets a 19-1 loss in an NCAA Tournament first-round game on Kohn Field. The Panthers (13-4) advance to an NCAA Regional at Gettysburg on Saturday, where they will take on Montclair St. The Cadets end their season with a record of 13-2.

Middlebury scored on its first four possessions, taking a 4-0 lead just 3:04 into the game. Liza Herzog found Catherine Fowler in front just 32 seconds in, before Margaret Souther scored twice in 36 seconds. Emma Kramer, Elizabeth Garry and Fowler followed with free position goals to make it a 6-0 game.

The Panthers ran off five more goals, taking an 11-0 advantage with 10:25 left to play. Garry scored from a wide angle off a feed from Fowler, before Souther and Hannah Deoul scored 20 seconds apart to make it 9-0 at the 16:36 mark. Ellen Halle found Dani DeMarco at 12:03 with a quick-stick goal, before scoring one of her own at 10:25.

Norwich's lone goal game with 2:42 left in the half. Kacey Abbriano drove down field and dodged two defenders before scoring her team-leading 62nd of the season. Colleen Sullivan answered for the Panthers with 1:09 remaining to make it an 11-1 game at the half.

The goals continued in the second half, with Halle assisting on three of the first four goals. She found Colleen Sullivan on two similar goals at 25:24 and 19:02 to make it a 16-1 game. Halle scored a goal of her own driving past defenders at the 12:25 mark, while Dee Miller closed out the scoring with the game's final two tallies.

Halle led the Panthers with a seven point game, earning two goals and five assists. Souther and Sullivan scored three times apiece, while Fowler, DeMarco and Miller each had two goals and an assist. Kate Butcher paced the team with four ground balls, while Fowler had three draw controls. Lily Nguyen made one save in the first half, while Alyssa Palomba made four second half stops.

Abbriano added a team-high four ground balls with her goal to go along with three draw controls. Millie Fitzpatrick earned a game-high four draw controls along with three ground balls, while causing three turnovers. Meghan Kennedy finished with seven saves for the Cadets.


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