Panther women’s lacrosse moves to 4-0

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team ran its record to 4-0, 3-0 in NESCAC play, with a pair of recent wins. The Panthers ended last week ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III.
On Saturday, Middlebury scored the final six goals in a 10-4 win over visiting Wesleyan (2-3, 0-3) in the Panthers’ home opener.
The Panthers had taken a 4-1 lead with a three-goal run that ended at 6:34 of the first half. Laurel Pascal scored on a feed from behind the net by Liza Herzog to begin the run, Alli Sciarretta converted a free position, and Mary O’Connell’s goal on a pass from behind the cage by Bridget Instrum closed the run.
Wesleyan bounced back with a pair of goals to make it 4-3 at the break and tied the game up 2:08 into the second half. The Panther defense then kept the Cardinals off the board for the final 27:52.
The game remained tied for more 10 minutes before Pascal scored three goals, one assisted by Katie Ritter, to put Middlebury up 7-4 with 13:19 remaining.
Herzog scored on a rebound to increase Middlebury’s lead to 8-4 at 10:47. O’Connell struck for her second of the game at 9:10, before Herzog wrapped up the scoring with 39 seconds remaining to earn a hat trick.
Pascal’s four goals led the Panthers, followed by three from Herzog and a pair from O’Connell. Hannah Deoul caused five turnovers in the game and picked up five ground balls, while Herzog and Catherine Fowler each had four draw controls. Panther goalie Alyssa Palomba finished with three saves, while the Cardinal netminder stopped 10. Middlebury outshot Wesleyan, 26-13, and held an 11-5 lead in draw controls.
On Tuesday, the Panthers turned back a challenge from host RPI, 11-8. The No. 20 Engineers dropped to 1-3. Pascal scored three goals to lead Middlebury, including two late in the first half to give Middlebury a 6-5 lead at the break.
RPI tied the game 45 seconds into the second half, but Middlebury answered with a decisive three-goal run, including a pair of Herzog tallies.
Herzog, Katie Ritter and Chrissy Ritter scored two goals apiece for the Panthers, while Herzog added five draw controls and an assist. Palomba made four saves and caused three turnovers. RPI goalie Erin Amarello stopped seven shots. The game was a rematch of a 2013 NCAA quarterfinal, won by the Panthers, 10-8. 

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