No. 4 Middlebury Storms by Wesleyan to Stay Unbeaten

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (March 23) - Undefeated and fourth-ranked Middlebury got six goals from top scorer senior Ellen Halle, while senior Alice Pfeifer added two goals and three assists and senior Michaela Colbert chipped in with three goals and an assist, as the visiting Panthers came away with an 18-5 conference victory over Wesleyan here today.

Middlebury improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the NESCAC while Wesleyan dropped to 2-4, 0-4 in league action. Middlebury also stayed perfect in 13 all-time meetings with Wesleyan as only one of the previous 12 games was decided by less than five goals in the lopsided series.

Though the Cardinals drew first blood in the contest as senior Kayla Ellman picked up the first of her two goals on a run down the left side with a bouncer that eluded junior keeper Alyssa Palomba 6:14 into the contest. Ellman has nine goals on the year.

Wesleyan leading scorer, senior Kaylin Berger, had a second-half goal to bring her seasonal total to 15. But the Panthers rattled off seven straight goals in a span of 12:05 to open up a 7-1 lead en route to a 9-2 halftime edge. Halle had a hat trick during the span and finished the first half with four goals. She now has 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points on the year.

When Middlebury added the opening three goals of the second half, the Panthers held a 12-2 lead. Halle had one of the goals while Pfeifer had a goal and assist in the first three minutes of period two. Pfeifer has four goals and seven assist this season. Colbert is second on the team in scoring with nine goals and three assist for 12 points. Middlebury pumped home eight of the final 11 goals over the last 27 minutes.

Cardinal keeper freshman Nina Labovich amassed 11 saves in the contest. Palomba had just one save while yielding four Wesleyan markers. Freshman Madeline Kinker logged her first action in net this season for Middlebury and had three saves with one goal allowed over the final 9:20.

Middlebury controlled the draws with 21 controls vs. just four by Wesleyan. Sophomore Catherine Fowler, who took most of the draws for Middlebury, also had a team high six controls. Middlebury maintained a 34-11 margin in total shots.

Wesleyan returns to action Thurs., March 28, hosting Dominican (NY) in a non-league contest. Middlebury travels to Gettysburg, ranked fifth in Division III, for a Mon., March 25 showdown.


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