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Field Hockey Drops NESCAC Contest to Top-Ranked Middlebury

Casey Freehill

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Connecticut College fell to top-ranked Middlebury by a 6-1 score on Saturday afternoon at Kohn Field.

Middlebury (8-0, NESCAC 4-0), which has won 15 straight games dating back to last season's national championship run, scored twice in the first quarter and led from wire-to-wire. The Panthers opened the scoring when Danielle Brown redirected a feed inside from Marissa Baker in the fifth minute and then doubled the margin at the 11:20 mark on a give-and-go play between Emma Johns and Erin Nicholas.

After a scoreless second quarter, the Panthers continued to add to their lead by having three different players find the back of the cage in a span of 10:21 between the third and fourth frames. Kelly Coyle poked in a pass from Grace Murphy through a scrum on a penalty corner, and Johns and Baker added insurance tallies.

Connecticut College was able to get on the board when Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.) took a ball out of bounds on a restart near the middle of the field and drove all the way to the goal on her own. The junior rocketed a shot that was too hard for goalie Grace Harlan to stop in the 49th minute. The Panthers, however, had one more answer on the other end to regain its five-goal advantage and eventually run away with their eighth win of the season in as many tries.

Harlan earned the win by making two saves for Middlebury, which had a 23-3 advantage in total shots and attempted all 10 penalty corners in the game. Junior Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) turned away nine shots in the setback.

Connecticut College (2-5, NESCAC 0-4) will quickly regroup and look to win its first NESCAC game of the season when it visits No. 12 Williams tomorrow at 1 p.m.