Middlebury, Vt. – Four Middlebury College goals over nearly a 12-minute stretch in the first half, including a hat trick from Pam Schulman, lifted the Panthers to a 6-0 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) field hockey victory this afternoon over the visiting Trinity College Bantams on Kohn Field. The game between the two conference opponents served as a Play4TheCure match. The No. 3-ranked Panthers improve to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in the NESCAC, while the Bantams, who host Wesleyan on Tuesday at 6 p.m. are now 6-6 overall and 3-5 in the league.
Middlebury got on the scoreboard in the 15th minute with the first of Schulman’s three goals via a penalty stroke. Less than three minutes later, Schulman lifted a shot over the head of Trinity goalie Sophie Fitzpatrick (Duxbury, Mass.) at 17:57. Schulman completed her three-goal effort when she tapped in a cross just inside the far post on an assist from Annie Leonard. Ahead by a 3-0 score, the hosts scored at the 26:52 mark when Grace Jennings broke in behind the Bantam defense. The Panthers added a pair of second-half goals from Leonard at 42:03 and 43:43, respectively, in the victory.
Trinity’s best opportunity came in the 63rd minute when senior Olivia Tapsall (Greenwich, Conn.) laced a shot from just inside the circle as part of a penalty corner that Middlebury goalie Emily Miller kicked away with her pad. Miller posted four saves, as the Panthers held a 21-7 advantage in shots and an 11-5 edge in penalty corners. Fitzpatrick was credited with 12 stops for the Bantams.