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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 20, 2013
WATERVILLE, Maine --- On a day when Colby College honored its seven seniors, the third-ranked Middlebury College women's lacrosse team played spoiler in opening up an 11-0 halftime lead on the way to a 14-6 win over the sixth-ranked Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference play Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.
Middlebury (12-1 overall, 8-1 NESCAC) scored six times in the first 6:48 of play.
Ellen Halle (Upperco, Md.) had four goals and one assist, while Margaret Souther (Scarsdale, N.Y.) also had five points with two goals and three assists. Laurel Pascal (Greenwich, Conn.) and Liza Herzog (Baltimore, Md.) both had three goals. Chrissy Ritter (Middlebury, Vt.) and Michaela Colbert (Topsfield, Mass.) had the other Panther goals.
LIndsey McKenna (Fairfield, Conn.) had four of Colby's six goals. Tess Petesch (Rockville, Md.) added one score and two assists, while Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) had one goal and one assist.
Pascal, a first-year midfielder, opened up the scoring just 1:14 into the game off an assist from Souther. Halle, who is up to 41 goals on the season, scored unassisted with 26:41 left to halftime and Souther added a second unassisted goal 47 seconds later.
Middlebury had a 9-3 edge in draw controls in the first half and that helped spur the early goals. Herzog scored from Halle 28 seconds after Souther's goal. Halle added two straight goals with 24:53 and 23:12 to play. Souther assisted on the first goal and Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) the second.
Souther's big first half continued when she scored unassisted with 15:28 to play and then assisted on Ritter's score with 10:14 left. Colbert, Pascal, and Herzog all tallied unassisted in the final 8:36 for an 11-0 margin at the break.
Halle scored her final goal from Emma Kramer (Riverside, Conn.) with 27:12 to play for a 12-0 margin. The Mules finally broke the shutout when McKenna scored from Katherine Eddy (Cheshire, Conn.) with 21:50 to play. McKenna added two more goals -- one from Eddy and the other from Petesch -- to cut the margin to 12-3 with 13:25 to go. The Panthers, though, pushed the lead back up to 14-3 on scores by Herzog and Pascal.
Souther also had four ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Pascal chipped in with three ground balls, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls.
Hilary Barr (Ridgewood, N.J.) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Mules. Abby Hatch (Wilbraham, Mass.) had three draw controls and Lisa Hoopes (Ipswich, Mass.) had three caused turnovers.
Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.) had eight saves to earn the victory for Middlebury. Claire Dickson (Darien, Conn.) played the final 53:12 of the game and made 12 stops.
Colby seniors Barr, Lucy Gerrity (Cumberland, Maine), Hoopes, Catherine Kahl (Alexandria, Va.), Meg Mooney, Petesch, and Pistel were honored Saturday.
Middlebury 14, Colby 6
Middlebury.......... 11 3 - 14
Colby............... 0 6 - 6
Middlebury SCORING: GOALS: Ellen Halle 4; Laurel Pascal 3; Liza Herzog
3; Margaret Souther 2; Chrissy Ritter 1; Michaela Colbert 1.
ASSISTS: Margaret Souther 3; Catherine Fowler 1; Ellen Halle 1; Emma
Kramer 1; Alice Pfeifer 1.
Colby SCORING: GOALS: Lindsey McKenna 4; Tess Petesch 1; Kate Pistel
1. ASSISTS: Katharine Eddy 2; Tess Petesch 2; Lindsay McCabe 1; Kate
SHOTS - Middlebury 30; Colby 22.
TURNOVERS - Middlebury 15; Colby 18.
DRAW CONTROLS - Middlebury 12; Colby 10
GOALIES - Middlebury: Alyssa Palomba (60:00 minutes, 14 shots-8 saves, 6
GA); Colby: Michelle Burt (06:48, 7-1, 6) , Claire Dickson (53:12,