Ritter's hat trick helps No. 3 Middlebury ease to lopsided win vs. No. 10 Amherst
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- No. 3 Middlebury jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to a 13-4 win against 10th-ranked Amherst (6-3, 3-3) at Kohn Field. The Panthers improved to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the NESCAC.
Middlebury held a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Katie Ritter before Margaret Souther drove hard to the net to make it a 3-0 game at the 9:16 mark.
Michaela Colbert scored twice in 23 seconds before the Jeffs got on the board. Marta Randall scored, dodging defenders at 4:08, before earning her second goal in the final minute on a free-position attempt.
Middlebury possessed the ball for much of the second half, winning 9 of 11 draw controls with Catherine Fowler performing well in the center circle. Lauren Pascal circled the net and scored with a shot to the short side to start the second half for Middlebury just 36 seconds in.
Emma Kramer assisted on each of the next two goals, finding Liza Herzog and Ritter to make it an 8-2 game at the 26:57 mark. Kramer earned a goal of her own at 17:27, taking advantage of a turnover and working a nice give-and-go with Ellen Halle. Halle followed with a tally less than a minute later, before Alex Philie broke up the run for the Jeffs with a free-position goal at the 10:58 mark.
Alli Sciaretta scored from Lexi DeMarco at 10:02, before Alice Pfeifer earned assists on goals from Pascal and Halle just 24 seconds apart to make it 13-3. Elizabeth Ludlow scored the game’s final goal for Amherst with 2:13 remaining.
Ritter led a balanced attack for Middlebury with three goals, while Halle, Pascal and Colbert each had a pair. Randall scored twice to pace Amherst, while Philie caused five turnovers and picked up three ground balls.
Alyssa Palomba made three saves in goal for the Panthers, while Christy Forrest made a dozen stops for Amherst. Middlebury held a 31-12 shots advantage in the game.