MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates field hockey team couldn't stand in the way of another win for No. 1 nationally ranked Middlebury on Saturday, as the Panthers clinched the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC Championship with a 12-0 win on Kohn Field.
Middlebury (13-0, 9-0 NESCAC) has now shut out its last six opponents, not allowing a goal since a September 29th game at Wesleyan (435:17). The Panthers wrap-up their regular season at Williams on Wednesday, before hosting a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on October 27th.
Middlebury opened the scoring with a blast from the top of the circle by Catherine Fowler 2:25 into the contest. Lauren Greer scored with a high shot into the cage on a penalty corner at 3:02, while Anna Kenyon scored the first of her two straight goals at the 3:45 mark, deflecting in a pass from Charlotte Gardiner.
Kenyon's second tally came off a deflection on a feed from Fowler at 20:31, before Greer scored two straight to make it a 6-0 game at the 24:27 mark. The two goals pushed Greer's career total to 99 in 69 games played.
Alyssa DiMaio converted a pass from Clara St. Germain to make it a 7-0 game at the intermission. The Panthers added five second-half goals, including a pair from Katherine Theiss and Chrissy Ritter to pick up the victory.
Madeline Brooks (49:55, 2 saves) and Emily Knapp (20:05, 1 save) both saw action in net for the Panthers.
Junior goalkeeper Becca Otley (Cumberland, Maine) made the start for Bates and played 24:58, allowing five goals and making four saves in accepting the loss. First-year goalie Katie Knox (Bronxville, N.Y.) played the final 46:02 in her collegiate debut, allowing seven goals and making six saves for the Bobcats.
Senior Alie Philip (Simsbury, Conn.) and first-year Hannah Beinecke (Manchester, Mass.) each made defensive saves for Bates. Junior Lexie Carter (Saco, Maine), senior Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and sophomore Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, Conn.) attempted Bates' three shots in the game, all in the second half.
Bates (4-9, 1-8 NESCAC) will play host to Colby (5-8, 1-8) on Wednesday at 7pm (Video), in both teams' season finale.