Middlebury advanced to the NCAA Regionals after a 19-7 win over Endicott in an NCAA second-round game on Kohn Field. The ninth-ranked Panthers (12-5) will take on Gettysburg on Saturday, May 17th, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s Regional Final. The site of the regional is likely to be Gettysburg, but will officially be announced on Monday. The Gulls end their season with a record of 14-4.
Four different players scored for Middlebury, as the team took a 4-0 lead with 23:19 remaining in the first half. Endicott got on the board when Panther keeper Alyssa Palomba came out to challenge Meghan Lennon, who quickly found Emily Whitney to make it a 4-1 game.
The Panthers answered with six-straight tallies to take a 10-1 lead. Laurel Pascal cut through the middle and scored with a high shot to start the run, while Alli Sciarretta knocked in her own rebound at the 16:21 mark. Mary O’Connell scored on a quick-stick shot after a nice feed from Liza Herzog, before Cat Lincoln converted a free position with a bouncing shot. Chrissy Ritter ended the run after a lengthy drive through the middle for the tally.
Callie Murphy broke up the run for the Gulls with a nice quick-stick goal on a pass from Siri Mason, but Bea Eppler answered for the Panthers with her second of the year. Panther Hailey Cosseboom followed with the first of her career, converting a feed from Sciarretta, making it a 12-2 game with 1:55 left in the first half.
Ellie Clayman and Kirsten Thor scored for Endicott to close out the half, as Middlebury took a 12-4 lead into the intermission.
The Panthers maintained possession for a majority of the time in the first half, much in part to Catherine Fowler, who won nine draw controls in the first 30 minutes.
Sciaretta scored just 34 seconds into the second half, converting a feed from behind the net by O’Connell. Clayman answered before the Panthers ran off four straight from four different goal scorers, taking a commanding 17-5 lead with 22:22 remaining.
Murphy converted a free position for the Gulls, while Clayman followed 33 seconds later with a lengthy drive after a draw control win. Jesse Yorke scored the first of her career for Middlebury, while Lincoln closed out the scoring to make it a 19-7 final.
Middlebury held a 36-21 shots advantage in the game, holding a 18-9 lead in draw controls. The strong Panther defense, led by Hannah Deoul, allowed Endicott to clear on just 10 of 23 attempts.
Pascal led Middlebury with four goals, Sciaretta added three with an assist, while O’Connell scored twice with four helpers. Lincoln added a pair of goals, Liza Herzog had a goal and two assists with four draw controls, while Fowler finished with nine draws and four ground balls. Palomba made seven saves in 54:43 of work, while Katie Mandigo stopped two shots in 5:17.
Clayman’s three goals paced Endicott, while Murphy added a pair. Lennon finished with five draw controls, while Clayman added a pair of caused turnovers. Ryan Socolow finished with nine saves in goal.
Courtesy: Middlebury Athletic Department
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