MIDDLEBURY, Vermont –(Middlebury Athletic Communications) Third-ranked Middlebury won its home opener as the Panthers (2-0, 2-0) earned a 5-1 win over Connecticut College (1-1, 0-1) on Kohn Field. Middlebury returns to action on Sunday at St. Lawrence, where they will continue a suspended contest.
The Panthers struck just 19 seconds into the game when Pam Schulman scored the first of her career, carrying the ball toward goal after intercepting a pass. The rookie struck again at the 5:54 mark after a penalty corner, finishing off a goal after a rebound.
Middlebury made it a 3-0 game at 24:00 as Katherine Theiss lifted a shot over the keeper after taking a feed from Alex Kuzma. Connecticut College broke onto the board 2:20 later when Jillian Dahrooge finished on a penalty corner rebound after a shot from Maggie Schroeder had been saved. Middlebury scored on a penalty corner of its own as time expired in the first half, sending them into the intermission with a 4-1 advantage. Olivia Jurkowitz made a quick feed to Theiss after a rebound for the tally.
The only goal of the second half came at the 58:30 mark when Theiss notched a hat-trick with an assist from Catherine Fowler. The Camels had another chance to score with 2:21 remaining, but a penalty stroke went wide.
Emily Knapp finished the game with four saves to earn the win, while Becca Napolitano made 15 stops for the Camels. The Panthers held a 23-7 shots advantage in the contest.