Panther lacrosse wins in first round of NCAA

MIDDLEBURY — The second-ranked Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team cruised past visiting No. 23 SUNY Geneseo, 22-6, in an NCAA Division III second-round game on Sunday.

The 18-1 Panthers will next host a four-team NCAA regional this weekend, taking on Chicago (18-1) at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Colby (15-3) and William Smith (18-1) will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, and Saturday’s winners will meet at 1 p.m. on Sunday for the right to advance to the final four the following weekend in Salem, Va.

On this past Sunday the Geneseo (15-4), which had defeated St. Joseph’s of Maine, 19-2, on Kohn Field the day before, hung with Middlebury for a half: The Knights trailed by 9-5 at the break.

But Middlebury outscored Geneseo by 13-1 in the second half, including five straight goals when play restarted.

Jane Earley scored six goals and controlled six draws for the Panthers, while Maggie Coughlin recorded four goals and four assists. Hope Shue (four goals) and Kelcey Dion (two goals, two assists) also contributed to the attack, while Erica Barr scooped four groundballs and caused three turnovers.

Annie Enrietto returned from injury to the Panther goal and made five saves. Two Geneseo goalies combined for seven stops. Hannah Marafioti scored three times for the Knights, and picked up three groundballs.

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