Third-ranked Middlebury made a statement on the road Thursday, earning a convincing 14-5 win at fourth-ranked Franklin & Marshall. The Panthers improve to 7-0 on the year and return to action at Amherst Saturday, while the Diplomats fall to 7-2 overall with the non-conference loss.
The game was close for the first 20 minutes of action. The Panthers got on the board first when Laurel Pascal connected on a free position attempt 1:21 into the game. Emily Everdell made it 1-1 a few minutes later before the Panthers went up 2-1 at 21:11. Caroline Krohn tied the game at 2-2 before the Panthers scored six of the game’s next seven goals to take an 8-3 lead with 1:53 remaining in the first half.
Katie Ritter scored twice in 15 seconds, while Pascal scored her second and third goals of the game during the stretch. Gabby Frank connected at 1:06 to cut the lead to 8-4 at the break.
Middlebury scored the first three goals of the second stanza to put the game away with 20:54 remaining. After Liza Herzog scored on a free position, Alli Sciarretta earned the hat trick with two-straight tallies to make it 11-4 with 20:54 remaining.
Krohn netted the only F&M tally of the second half with 19:26 remaining before the Panthers scored the final three goals of the game. Two of the three goals came from Pascal, who tallied a game-high five in the game.
Sciarretta and Bridget Instrum each scored twice, while Ritter had two goals and three assists to pace the Panthers. Hannah Deoul caused three turnovers and picked up seven ground balls in the game. Alyssa Palomba made six saves in goal to improve to 7-0 on the year.
Krohn finished with two goals to pace F&M, while Hoffman made six saves in goal.
F&M out shot Middlebury 25-24 and took 14-21 draws, while the Panthers won the ground ball war, 19-13.