Jeffs Shut Down at No. 3 Middlebury, 13-4

Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Third-ranked Middlebury jumped out to a 5-0 lead and never looked back on its way to a 13-4 win over 10th-ranked Amherst (6-3, 3-3) in women's lacrosse action on Kohn Field. The Panthers improve to 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the NESCAC, while Amherst falls to 6-3 (3-3 NESCAC). Marta Randall '13 scored twice for the Jeffs.
Both teams shared lengthy possessions early on, with few results as the teams combined for 12 turnovers in the first 15 minutes of play. Middlebury held a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Katie Ritter before Margaret Souther drove hard to the net to make it a 3-0 game at the 9:16 mark.

Michaela Colbert scored twice in 23 seconds before the Jeffs got on the board. Randall scored dodging defenders at 4:08, before earning her second tally in the final minute on a free position.

Middlebury possessed the ball for much of the second half, winning 9 of 11 draw controls with Catherine Fowler performing well in the center circle. Lauren Pascal circled the net and scored with a shot to the short side to start the second half for Middlebury, just 36 seconds in.

Emma Kramer assisted on each of the next two goals, finding Liza Herzog and Ritter to make it an 8-2 game at the 26:57 mark. Kramer earned a goal of her own at 17:27, taking advantage of a turnover and working a nice give-and-go with Ellen Halle. Halle followed with a tally less than a minute later, before Alex Philie '14 broke up the run for the Jeffs with a free position goal at the 10:58 mark.

Alli Sciaretta scored from Lexi DeMarco at 10:02, before Alice Pfeifer earned assists on goals from Pascal and Halle just 24 seconds apart to make it 13-3. Elizabeth Ludlow '14 scored the game's final goal for Amherst with 2:13 remaining.

Ritter led a balanced attack for Middlebury with three goals, while Halle, Pascal and Colbert each had a pair. Randall scored twice to pace Amherst, while Philie caused five turnovers and picked up three ground balls.

Alyssa Palomba made three saves in goal for the Panthers, while Christy Forrest '16 was stellar in goal for Amherst, making a dozen stops. Middlebury held a 31-12 shots advantage in the game.

The Jeffs stay on the road for their next contest, traveling to Connecticut College for a 7:30 p.m. tilt on Wednesday, April 10.