May 6, 2009

*Courtesy of Middlebury Athletics

Middlebury, Vermont - Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Regionals after an 18-2 NCAA Tournament first-round win over Keene State on Kohn Field. The Panthers will travel to Colby to take on the host school at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, while Williams meets Hamilton in the other contest at 2:30. The winners meet in the regional final on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Keene State, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, ends its season at 12-8.

Sally Ryan and Chase Delano sparked the Panther offense early, scoring the first nine goals of the game to give the Panthers a 9-0 lead at the 10:44 mark. Delano scored the game's first goal, followed by Ryan's first of the game cutting to the goal with a feed from Dana Heritage. Delano netted her second with a bouncer from the outside, before Ryan ran off three straight tallies, including a free position goal. Heritage scored from Ryan at 15:53, before converting on a free position attempt. Ryan netted her fifth of the half with 10:44 remaining to give the Panthers a sizable lead early.

Lindsay McBride and Alice Demmerle increased the lead to 11-0 before Emily Persano scored from the outside after a feed from Jamie Albert to put the Owls on the board with 6:10 left in the half. McBride netted her second of the half, again with an assist from Katie Sparkes, to give Middlebury a 12-1 lead at the intermission.

Hannah Epstein scored 51 seconds into the second half for Middlebury, before the Panthers slowed things down. Goals from Stephanie Gill and Linsday Winstead made it a 15-1 game with 11:36 remaining. Caitlyn Corace converted in transition from Missy Luzzi for Keene State's second goal of the game with 6:56 left to play. Winstead, Gill and Sparkes ended the game's scoring as Middlebury came away with the 18-2 win.

Ryan scored five goals and Delano netted four to pace the Panther offense, while Winstead, McBride and Gill each scored twice. Persano and Corace had goals for Keene State, as Amanda Keeley picked up three ground balls.

Middlebury outshot Keene State 35-7 in the game, holding a 20-13 edge in ground balls and a 15-6 lead in draw controls. Blair Bowie made a pair of saves in 45 minutes for Middlebury, while Lily Nguyen also made two stops in just 15 minutes of action. Jen Gearing ended the afternoon with 10 stops for the Owls.