WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College field hockey team received 16 saves from goaltender Michelle Burt (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Mule defenders blocked a number of shots, but second-ranked Middlebury College was too much as the Panthers took a 4-0 NESCAC win Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Lauren Greer (North Hampton, N.H.) both had one goal and one assist for the Panthers, who improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
While Middlebury dominated possession time, Colby was able to keep the game scoreless for nearly 25 minutes. Fowler scored the game-winning goal at 24:57 of the first half when she picked off a Colby clearing pass and ripped a shot into the cage.
The Panthers, who had a 36-3 shot advantage and a 17-1 margin in penalty corners, made it 2-0 at halftime when Alyssa Dimaio (Morristown, N.J.) tallied at 27:41. Dimaio knocked in a shot after Greer managed to slip a pass to her after a big scramble in front of the cage on a play that started off a penalty corner.
Fowler picked up her assist when her cross from the left side was tipped in by Madeleine Despins (Larchmont, N.Y.) just 6:13 into the second half. The Panthers made it 4-0 when Greer was pushed down from behind and was awarded a penalty stroke about six minutes later. She calmly lifted the ball into the upper right corner for the goal.
Colby will play host to Maine-Farmington on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Middlebury 4, Colby 0
Middlebury............... 2 2 - 4
Colby....................... 0 0 - 0
1. 24:57 MIDFH Catherine Fowler (unassisted)
2. 27:41 MIDFH Alyssa Dimaio (Lauren Greer) - Penalty corner
3. 41:13 MIDFH Madeleine Despins (Catherine Fowler)
4. 47:04 MIDFH Lauren Greer Penalty stroke
Shots: Middlebury 36, Colby 3; Saves: MIDFH 0 (Madeline Brooks 0), Colby 16 (Michelle Burt 16)