CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Middlebury bounced back with a win on Sunday, topping No. 15 MIT (9-1) by a score of 5-0 on the road.
The early stages of the game were a midfield battle, but it was Middlebury that threatened first only to see attempts by Alex Kuzma, Lauren Berestecky and Pam Schulman in the circle get thwarted by the MIT defense. The stalemate ended in the 13th minute when Catherine Fowler sent a long pass from the near side into the middle of the arc where it was deflected by Katherine Theiss to the near post.
The back-and-forth play returned until Bridget Instrum intercepted a pass and wove through the defense to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. With more than a minute remaining in the half, Michelle Teplensky set up what proved to be the Engineers’ best opportunity of the frame. Her long pass was chased down by Caitlin Mackey and later resulted in a penalty corner with 10 seconds on the clock. Jane Coffrin’s bid was kicked away by Emily Knapp with the rebound making its way to Molly Duffy who was unable to corral the loose ball.
Despite the late surge by the hosts, Middlebury quickly extended its advantage in the second stanza. In the 41st minute, Schulman recorded an unassisted marker that was matched by Fowler 49 seconds later to put the Panthers up, 4-0.
Middlebury controlled the action during the next 10 minutes as it capped the scoring in the 64th minute. During a scramble in front of the net, Elinore O’Brien emerged with ball and found Berestecky who dodged a defender for the goal.
In net, MIT’s Evie Kyritsis posted five saves in 42 minutes while teammate Paige Kennedy closed out the game with three stops, including a leaping swat at the upper corner of the cage. Knapp finished the day with four saves in her third shutout of the season for the Panthers.