Top-seeded Middlebury advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals behind a combined five goals and three assists from Lauren Greer and Catherine Fowler in Saturday’s 6-2 victory against Skidmore.
The Panthers will face DePauw, 3-2 overtime winner against Utica, at 1 p.m. Sunday. Middlebury remains perfect at 18-0, while the Thoroughbreds end their season at 14-6. Greer broke her own Middlebury single-season records for goals (37) and points (88) in a season.
Skidmore put the pressure on the Panthers early, earning three penalty corners but were unable to convert. Greer got the scoring started when she and Fowler worked a give-and-go on a penalty corner before she blasted home a shot to make it 1-0.
Fowler made it 2-0 after she collected her own rebound off a shot from the wing and found the back of the cage.
The Thoroughbreds responded just a few minutes later when Ceilidh MacNeill streaked down the sideline and sent a pass in to Dani DeGregory, who found Kelly Blackhurst in the middle of the circle to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Fowler pushed the lead back to two goals at 24:12 when she corralled a rebound from Greer’s shot from the wing and put it home for her second of the game. Greer made it 4-1 at 31:56 with a goal on another penalty corner. Alyssa DiMaio inserted a pass to Fowler who went to her right and flicked a pass behind her back to Greer for her second of the game, giving Middlebury a 4-1 lead at the intermission.
At 46:17, Skidmore cut the lead down to two goals on a goal from DeGregory. Sam Skott inserted a pass to DeGregory on the wing and she blasted a shot to the far post past Panther goalie Madeline Brooks.
Middlebury put the game away with a pair of goals in a 1:48 span late. Anna Kenyon redirected a shot from Greer to make it 5-1 and Greer capped off the scoring with a loft from the top of the circle off a penalty corner. DiMaio and Elinore O’Brien were credited with the assists.
Brooks finished with three saves in net, while Meredith Rowe had two defensive saves and Cassie Coash added another defensive stop. McDougall made nine saves in goal for the Thoroughbreds.
The Panthers outshot Skidmore 20-13 and held an 8-6 advantage in penalty corners.