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Middlebury Women's Teams Have a Successful Saturday

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Scarlett Kirk notched a hat-trick as Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the second time in school history ('97) with a 5-1 thumping of Misericordia in a sectional match-up. Middlebury (16-1-3) sets a new school record with 16 wins and will play Johns Hopkins, a 2-1 double overtime winner over Williams, in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The Cougars see their 13-game unbeaten come to an end, finishing the season with a 19-3-2 mark.

The victory extends Middlebury's unbeaten streak to 19 games, dating back to a one-goal loss in the team's season-opener on September 7th. The Panthers also avenge a 1-0 loss to Misericordia in the NCAA Regional Finals in Middlebury a year ago, where Middlebury outshot its opponent, 23-5.

Kirk broke through as 38:46, one-touching a pass in the box from Hannah Robinson for the 1-0 lead.

Molly Parizeau netted the first of her career with 2:04 left in the first half, heading in a corner kick after service from Ali Omsberg. The Panthers entered the intermission with a 12-2 shots advantage and a 2-0 lead.

Middlebury took control of the game early in the second half with a pair of goals in the first 4:55. Robinson played a through ball to Jamie Soroka, who gathered the ball on the left side near the goal line. Soroka fed a low cross to Kirk for the quick redirect from five yards out.

Kirk earned her hat-trick just 4:20 later on a great passing play for the Panthers. Robinson played a ball to Julia Favorito, who one-touched it to Kirk for another quick redirect for her NESCAC-leading 15th of the season. The goal was the 46th of Kirk's career in 71 games played, second all-time at Middlebury.

The lead increased to 5-0 at the 58:32 mark when Sarah Noble headed in a corner kick off the foot of Carter Talgo.

Middlebury outshot its opponent 21-5 in the game, as Elizabeth Foody made three saves in goal to earn the win.

Middlebury completed a two-game sweep of Trinity (1-2-1, 1-2-1) with a convincing 7-0 victory on Saturday afternoon in Kenyon Arena. The second-ranked Panthers (4-0, 4-0) outshot their opponent 41-14 in the game, converting a pair of power play goals.

Middlebury took a 1-0 lead when Mckenzie Martin put home a rebound in front at the 11:28 mark. Just 1:31 later, Katie Sullivan scored her third of the year, tipping in a shot from Jennifer Krakower. The Panthers added a third goal in the period with 2:03 remaining when Madeline Joyce scored on a rebound after some nice stick work from Hannah Bielawski put the puck on net.

Sara Ugalde netted her first of the year 3:01 into the second period, finishing a rebound after a shot from Jane Freda had been saved. Katie Sullivan found the back of the net on a power play with 1:20 left in the period to make it a 4-0 game. Kate Moreau's shot from the point was saved, with Sullivan there to capitalize on the rebound.

Ugalde earned her second of the game on the power play in the third period, scoring from the slot after taking a pass from the corner by Emily Fluke. Anna Van Kula wrapped up the scoring with her first career goal from the high slot just 34 seconds later.

Fluke finished the game with three assists, while Bielawski and Katie Mandigo each had two. Madeline Marsh made 14 saves in goal to win.

Courtesy:  Middlebury Athletic Department

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