Hartford, Conn. – Sophomore forward Pam Schulman (Greenwich, Conn.) knocked home the game’s only goal to lead the visiting Middlebury College Panthers to a 1-0 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey action this afternoon on Sheppard Field. Trinity, ranked No. 17 in the nation, drops to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the NESCAC with its first loss in six games, while No. 2-ranked Middlebury improves to 10-1 overall and 6-1 in the league with its sixth straight victory. The Panthers take over sole possession of first place in the NESCAC.
A scoreless first half saw Trinity take three shots and Middlebury shoot just one, but Schulman scored from junior defender Shannon Hutteman (Webster, N.Y.) 7:56 into the second stanza. Trinity had a penalty corner with 10 seconds on the clock, and senior co-captain defender Sophie Doering (Darien, Conn.) got a shot on Middlebury goalie Emily Knapp (Scarsdale, N.Y.), but the Panther rookie came up with her third save of the afternoon to preserve the shutout. Trinity junior Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) totaled five saves and yielded her first goal since September 20, as the Bantams outshot the Panthers, 7-6, and held a 10-to-6 edge on penalty corners.