No. 3 Middleburry Cruises in Win at No.4 Franklin & Marshall

LANCASTER, Pa.-No. 3 Middleburry defeated No.4 Franklin & Marshall 14-5 in non-conference action Thursday afternoon. The Diplomats dropped to 7-2, while the Panthers remained unbeaten at 7-0.

The game was the close for the first 20 minutes of action with the Panthers getting on the board first when Laurel Pascal connected on a free position 1:21 into the game. Emily Everdell made it 1-1 a few minutes later before the Panthers went up 2-1 at 21:11. Caroline Krohn tied the game at 2-2 on a free position and Middleburry scored two straight to go up 4-2.

Casey Madden brought the Diplomats within a goal, 4-3, at 11:56, but the Panthers answered with four straight to pull away and lead 8-3 with under two to play. Laurel Pascal scored twice in the run, and Bridget Instrum and Alli Sciarretta netted the other two goals for the Panthers. Grace Saliba and Gabby Frank connected at 1:06 to make it 8-4 at the break.

Middleburry scored the first three goals of the second stanza and took a commanding 11-4 lead at 20:54. Liza Herzog scored the first goal and Sciarretta tallied the other two. Krohn scored unassisted at 19:26 before the Panthers netted the final three goals of the game to make it 14-5.

Krohn finished with two goals with Everdell, Frank and Madden each picking up a score for F&M.

Megan Kelly came away with seven draws while Anastasia Mergner and Emily D'Erasmo caused two turnovers to pace the defense.

Kelsey Hoffman dropped to 5-2 with six stops and Alyssa Palomba turned away six shots to pick up the win.

F&M outshot Middlebury 25-24, took 14 of 21 draws and went 13 for 16 on clears.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday when F&M hosts Washington at 1:00 p.m.

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Third-ranked Middlebury made a statement on the road Thursday, earning a convincing 14-5 win at fourth-ranked Franklin & Marshall. The Panthers improve to 7-0 on the year and return to action at Amherst Saturday, while the Diplomats fall to 7-2 overall with the non-conference loss.

The game was the close for the first 20 minutes of action with the Panthers getting on the board first when Laurel Pascal connected on a free position 1:21 into the game. Emily Everdell made it 1-1 a few minutes later before the Panthers went up 2-1 at 21:11. Caroline Krohn tied the game at 2-2 before the Panthers scored six of the game's next seven goals to take an 8-3 lead with 1:53 remaining in the first half.

Ritter scored twice in 15 seconds, while Pascal scored her second and third goals of the game during the stretch. Gabby Frank connected at 1:06 to cut the lead to 8-4 at the break.

Middlebury scored the first three goals of the second stanza to put the game away with 20:54 remaining. After Liza Herzog scored on a free position, Alli Sciarretta earned the hat trick with two straight tallies to make it 11-4 with 20:54 remaining.

Krohn netted the only F&M tally of the second half with 19:26 remaining before the Panthers scored the final three goals of the game. Two of the three goals from Pascal, who netted a game-high five in the game.

Sciarretta and Bridget Instrum each scored twice, while Ritter had two goals and three assists to pace the Panthers. Hannah Deoul caused three turnovers and picked up seven ground balls in the game. Alyssa Palomba made six saves in goal to improve to 7-0 on the year.

Krohn finished with two goals to pace F&M, while Hoffman made six saves in goal.

F&M out shot Middlebury 25-24 and took 14-21 draws, while the Panthers won the ground ball war, 19-13.

2014-03-27



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