Mary O’Connell scored two goals while assisting on three others to lead third-ranked Middlebury to a 12-4 victory at Connecticut College Saturday. The Panthers improve to 2-0 for the season, while the Camels fall to 1-1, 0-1 in NESCAC play.
Hannah Donegan opened the scoring for the Camels with 25:08 remaining in the half when her shot caught a deflection off a Panther defender and caromed into the back of the cage.
The Panthers scored the next 10 goals of the game and pulled away. Alli Sciarretta put the visitors in front for good when she put the finishing touches on O’Connell’s pass with 19:57 remaining. Katie Ritter and Liza Herzog tacked on the next two goals and pushed the lead to 4-1. Then, with 16:23 remaining in the half, Laurel Pascal made a nice feed to O’Connell from behind the cage for the tally.
Middlebury closed out its first half scoring with 2:18 remaining. O’Connell broke up a Camel clear and scooped up the ground ball. In a two-on-one situation versus the goalie, O’Connell sprinted to the cage and dished the ball off to Sciarretta for the goal in transition making the score 6-1 at the break.
The Panthers recorded the first four goals of the second stanza and never looked back. O’Connell closed out the scoring surge when she buried a free position shot with 22:03 remaining.
Donegan netted her second goal of the game for the Camels with a free position goal at the 20-minute mark. She also finished with two draw controls in her home debut.
Thomas added two more goals for the Camels but Middlebury was able to hold on for the 12-4 triumph.
Pascal, Herzog, O’Connell and Sciarretta each had two goals for Middlebury. Catherine Fowler corralled a team-best five ground balls while adding one caused turnover for Middlebury. Ritter finished with two draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers. Alyssa Palomba collected five of her six saves in the second stanza for the Panthers.
Allisa Dalpe finished with 10 saves for the Camels as Middlebury held a 23-14 shots advantage.