MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Connecticut College women's lacrosse team fell to No. 6 Middlebury by a 16-3 decision on Saturday afternoon.
Middlebury (2-1, NESCAC 1-1), which was upset by Bates last weekend, exploded early by scoring nine unanswered in the opening 21 minutes. Emma McDonagh put the Panthers on the board with an unassisted mark just 28 seconds into the contest and found the back of the net four times during the hot opening stretch, which included converting a free position attempt and tallying a goal with her team down a player due to a yellow card which was issued to a teammate. The Camels got on the board when freshman Kelly Wolin (Sudbury, Mass.) found junior Kate Bermingham (Amherst, N.H.) with 8:09 on the clock, but the hosts carried an 11-1 advantage into the recess.
The Panthers started off on fire again in the second half and completed a 6-0 run when Jane Earley scored the team's sixth free position goal of the game at 10:33 to make it 15-1. Middlebury then took its foot off the gas pedal and would come away with a 13-goal win shortly after Bermingham and Wolin connected for the second time with 25 seconds remaining.
McDonagh finished with five goals and an assist to extend her point-scoring streak to 30 straight games for Middlebury, which outshot the visitors by a 28-12 margin and had a 17-12 advantage in ground balls. Erin Nicholas finished with three ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Casey O'Neill and Henley Hall each won four draws. Julia Keith and Kate Furber split time in net and combined for seven saves.
Bermingham and Wolin paced Connecticut College with two goals and two helpers, resepectively, while Bermingham also caused two turnovers. Senior Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) added a marker and also ended the game with four draw controls. Sophomore Nina Fazio (East Longmeadow, Mass.) redirected nine shots from the cage.
Connecticut College (1-2, NESCAC 0-2) will next trek to Long Island to face the United States Merchant Marine Academy on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.