Third-Ranked Middlebury Storms Past Union

Ellen Halle scored three goals with three assists and Emma Kramer also scored three times to lead third-ranked Middlebury to a 19-9 non-league victory over Union at Frank Bailey Field Tuesday. The Panthers improved to 11-1 overall, while the Dutchwomen are now 5-5 on the season.

Liza Herzog, Margaret Souther, Katie Ritter, Megan Griffin and Alli Sciaretta scored twice each for the Panthers, who had a total of 10 different goal scorers in the contest. The Panthers had a 49-12 shot advantage and forced 18 turnovers while winning 22-30 draw controls. Middlebury was 5-9 in free position shots.

Union was led by Heather Fraser, who scored twice and added two assists, and Jessica Farland, who scored two goals. Kim Grinhaus made 15 saves, including 11 in the first half. Union had a 22-19 ground ball edge and forced 13 turnovers, while scoring on four of the five free position opportunities.

Middlebury jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first 6:13 of the game, including two goals by Kramer, her 21st and 22nd of the season. After Brittany Fraser scored her 15th on a free positon at 7:33, the Panthers scored the next five in a span of 15:20 including the 35th and 36th scores of the year by Halle.

Emily McGrail made it 10-2 with her 37th for Union but Souther and Lexi DeMarco scored on free positions at 25:14 and 26:45 to take a 10 goal lead at 12-2. Union scored the final goal of the half when Heather Fraser notched her 23rd of the season with 26 seconds remaining in the half.

Ciara Dudek made it 12-4 with her 11th Unon goal 46 seconds into the second half, and after Halle's 37th, Jessica Farland scored on a free 2:28 in for the Dutchwomen. Kramer's 23rd on a free 2:51 into the half made it 14-5, but Union got back to within eight at 14-6 on Heather Fraser's 24th, also on a free position score. But the Panthers then scored five in a row again, including two each by Megan Griffin and Alli Sciaretta. Union scored the final three goals of the game to provide the 19-9 final.


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