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Leonard's five leads Panthers

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -

Annie Leonard scored five goals and assisted on another, leading third-ranked Middlebury (7-1) to a 7-1 non-conference win over St. Lawrence (4-6) Tuesday night on Kohn Field. Leonard's five tallies and 11 points were one shy of the school records in both categories. The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they host Tufts at 1:30 p.m., while the Saints will visit Union with a 4:30 p.m. start on the same day.

Leonard's first of the game came on a double assist as part of a penalty corner. Audrey Quirk inserted the ball to Grace Jennings, who set it for a Leonard blast 1:10 into the game. Leonard converted a quick feed from Molly Freeman at the 2:18 mark and scored again 38 seconds later with a high reverse sweep shot. Leonard's three goals came on the Panthers' first three shots of the game.

The Panthers nearly took a 4-0 lead minutes later, but a nice defensive save on a penalty corner by St. Lawrence's Carly Dziekan kept it a 3-0 game.

The lead increased to 4-0 when Leonard put home a rebound at 22:35, before the Saints got on the board. Anna Hughes finished off a scramble in front of the Panther goal to make it a 4-1 game with 2:21 remaining in the first half.

Leonard, who has scored in every game this season, tallied her fifth of the contest at the 41:13 mark, converting a crossing pass from Emma Johns. Jennings added to the lead 3:38 later, scoring with an assist from Leonard on a lengthy pass.

Pam Schulman capped the scoring with 22 seconds remaining, scoring her first of the year with an assist from Molly Freeman.

Middlebury held a 27-7 shots advantage in the game, leading in penalty corners, 11-3. Emily Miller made three saves in 65:47 before giving way to Megan Collins, who played the final 4:13. Julia Hudson made a dozen stops in goal for the Saints.

Courtesy: Middlebury Athletics

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