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No. 10 Panthers dominate field hockey team





LEWISTON, Maine -- No. 10 nationally ranked Middlebury College scored three goals in the opening 2:29 and rolled to a 10-0 win over the Bates College field hockey team on Saturday at Campus Avenue Field.

Junior forward Lauren Greer led the Panthers (11-2, 7-2 NESCAC) with three goals and two assists. Her goal in the 38th minute not only put Middlebury ahead 6-0, but also made her the Panthers' all-time points leader, passing Heidi Howard Allen, who is now assistant women's lacrosse coach at Bates and attended the game. Allen recorded 155 points between 1995 and 1998 for Middlebury. Greer also set the school's single season mark with 67 points.

The Panthers wasted no time in building a substantial lead. Greer's diagonal pass into the circle to Charlotte Gardiner was rattled inside the far left side of the cage just 38 seconds into the contest. Twenty-eight seconds later, Greer scored an unassisted tally past Bates first-year Jillian Conway (Andover, Mass.), a converted defender who made her second start in goal due to injuries to the two goalkeepers on the Bates roster.

Alyssa DiMaio got into the act at the 2:29 mark, as Catherine Fowler drove along the baseline and threaded a pass to DiMaio for a 3-0 lead.

Gardiner (2 goals, 2 assists) helped make it 5-0 before intermission by setting up consecutive goals by Hannah Clarke and Greer. clarke's score came off the rebound of a Gardiner shot, before Greer netted her second tally with 15:29 left in the period, making a deft turnaround shot on a delayed fast-break by the Panthers.

Bates didn't go without scoring opportunities in either half. The Bobcats had four penalty corners in the first half and took four shots, with one saved by Middlebury starting goalie Becca Shaw.

Madeline Brooks relieved Shaw at halftime and made two more stops, including a beautiful kick-save of a hard shot headed for the left corner of the goal by Bates senior Kelly McManus (Plymouth, N.H.).

But Greer scored her record-breaking goal 2:09 into the second half, one-timing a diagonal pass by Elinore O'Brien, and the junior assisted on Gardiner's second tally less than two minutes later for a 7-0 Middlebury lead. The Panthers added two more scores by O'Brien and Clara St. Germain, both on scrambles in front of the net, and Heather Karpas made it 10-0 with 13:05 to play when she streaked into the circle for an unimpeded shot.

Conway made 15 saves for Bates, while junior Alie Philip (Simsbury, Conn.) and sophomore Lexie Carter (Saco, Maine) both came up with defensive saves.

Bates finishes up the season with a NESCAC game at Colby on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

STATS: Middlebury 10, Bates 0