MEDFORD, Mass. — No. 7 Middlebury finished an impressive weekend with a 16-5 victory against No. 10 Tufts in a NESCAC game on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field. Senior Elizabeth Garry scored five goals and Lily Nguyen backed a strong defensive effort with six saves in goal.
The Panthers improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC. Tufts dropped its second game in a row and fell to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in league play.
Middlebury got out to a 3-0 lead including two goals by Katie Ritter. The Jumbo’s Lara Kozin set up goals by Kerry Eaton and Gabby Horner making it 3-2, but that’s as close as the Jumbos would get. The Panthers finished the half with six unanswered goals to lead 9-2. Garry, Michaela Colbert and Margaret Souther tallied two goals apiece during the run.
In the second half Middlebury scored the first three goals including two by Garry. That gave the Panthers a 12-2 lead and the game went to running time for the next six-plus minutes.
Tufts gained a little momentum when Kozin again assisted a pair of scores by Kelly Hyland and Sterling Champion for a 12-4 score. Middlebury answered with the next three to go up 15-4 and cruise to victory.
Middlebury’s Garry added an assist for a six-point game. Ritter finished with three goals and two assists, while Colbert scored three times. Liza Herzog tallied four groundballs and four caused turnovers. Hannah Deoul finished with five groundballs. Colbert led the Panthers with three draw controls.
Four assists by Kozin and two goals by Horner led Tufts offensively. Emily Pillemer scooped up five groundballs and caused three turnovers. Eaton recorded four draw controls, while Tess Shapanka finished with seven saves.
Middlebury held advantages of 30-14 in shots and 24-17 in groundballs.