NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior forward Jessica Young (Mission Hills, Kan.) had two goals and an assist to lead the third ranked Middlebury College Panthers to a 3-1 victory and series split with the ninth ranked Connecticut College Camels today.
The Panthers improved their record to 4-2 with a 3-1 mark in the NESCAC while the Camels fell to 4-1 with a 3-1 mark in conference action
Carly Watson (Montpelier, Vt.) chipped in with a third period score that proved to be the difference maker. Lin Han made 26 saves between the pipes.
Senior Katherine Chester (Mendham, N.J.) finished with 20 saves in goal for the hosts.
The Camels got on the board first 3:52 into regulation. Paiva made a wraparound move but Han was able to make the save. But Floresca pounced on the rebound in the slot and tipped one in to make it a 1-0 game.
The Panthers evened the game at one with 4:21 remaining in the second period. Elizabeth Wulf (Larchmont, N.Y.) fired a shot that was saved by Chester but Young corralled the rebound near the left circle and tapped one in for the equalizer.
In the third, the Panthers were able to capitalize on 5-on-3 advantage. Young cycled the puck from the left circle to Maddie Winslow (Manchester, Vt.) in the high slot, who buried a slap shot to put the Panthers on top for good.
With 6:26 remaining in the contest, the Camels nearly tied the game when Steph Izzi (Salley, S.C.) made a nice bid with a wrist shot from below the right circle but Han was able to come up with the key save for the visitors.
In the closing moments with the Camel net empty, Janka Hlinka (Stratford, Conn.) controlled the puck ahead to Young who iced the victory with her second goal of the game to close out the 3-1 victory for the visitors.