MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- No. 17 Middlebury extended its scoreless streak to 789:39 without allowing a goal as the Panthers topped Lasell 2-0 in first-round NCAA tournament action on Saturday at Dragone Field. The Panthers improve to 12-3-2 with the victory, while the Lasers finish their season at 16-5-1.

Lasell had a great chance in the 12th minute with a feed from Meredith Hessler to Jessica Taylor. Middlebury keeper Jocelyn Remmert came out to challenge Taylor, with her shot at on open goal sailing just wide right. Middlebury answered with a look in the 17th minute, with Amy Schlueter crossing to Rachel Madding as her shot went wide.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when Julia Favorito scored her second goal of the season. Lasell keeper Elizabeth Stickley broke up a crossing pass, with her defense attempting to clear the ball. Favorito intercepted a clearing pass and launched a shot into the goal from the top of the box, 20 yards out. 

Lasell nearly tied the game with just seconds remaining in the first half, but Remmert denied Jamie Harris on a breakaway. The first half ended with the Lasers 1-0 despite holding an 8-4 shot advantage.

Middlebury came on strong in the second half, taking a 2-0 lead at the 59:12 mark on a penalty kick. Scarlett Kirk centered a pass from the left wing to Rachel Madding, who was tripped in the penalty area, with the free kick being awarded to the Panthers. Kirk blasted a shot into the bottom right corner of the net for her team-leading 14th goal of the season.

The Panthers threatened again less than a minute later on a corner kick, with Kirk’s header being knocked down by Stickley, before Maddy Boston just missed wide on the rebound.

Middlebury kept coming with pressure, but could not add to their lead as they emerged with the 2-0 victory. The Panthers outshot their opponents 8-2 in the second half, and 12-10 in the game. Remmert made four saves in the first half, while Elizabeth Foody played the second half without a save. Stickley finished the contest with five stops for Lasell.

Middlebury last allowed a goal in a 1-0 loss at Hamilton on October 8th.