NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team fell to No. 4 Middlebury by a 12-2 score on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon at Silfen Field.
Middlebury (3-0, NESCAC 2-0) scored five straight goals to open the contest and led from wire-to-wire. Emma McDonagh scored quick back-to-back markers at 26:27 and 24:20 and then set up the next two Panther tallies to put the visitors in full control.
Connnecticut College got on the board when sophomore Julia Loesch (Charlotte, N.C.) had the ball behind the net and found classmate Clara Bisson (Sudbury, Mass.) with 8:54 on the clock to make it 5-1, but the Panthers responded with seven unanswered to pull away. Kirsten Murphy most notably factored into four goals in the second half, which included setting up Erin Nicholas to create a double-digit margin with 9:51 remaining to provide more than enough insurance for her team to come away with the win.
Murphy finished with two goals and four assists to lead the way for Middlebury, which outshot the Camels by a 33-15 margin and had a 26-16 advantage in ground balls. Emily Barnard and McDonagh each netted a hat trick, while McDonagh also provided two assists. Defensively, Alex White scooped up six ground balls and caused five turnovers, and Evie Keating was almost equally as impressive by finishing with four of each. Goalie Julia Keith made nine saves.
In addition to getting goals from junior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) and Bisson, Connecticut College got solid contributions from seniors Mackenzie Axelson (Cohasset, Mass.), Caitlin Mahoney (Wellesley, Mass.) and Megan Mullin (Sudbury, Mass.). Axelson picked up three ground balls and was among four Camels to cause two turnovers, while Mahoney contributed two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Mullin made 14 stops between the pipes and did not allow the Panthers to score on four free position shots.
Connecticut College (1-2, NESCAC 0-2) continues a four-game homestand when it hosts Endicott on Tuesday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m.