With 6:49 left to play in the opening half Middlebury and Connecticut College were enthralled in a close womens lacrosse game. The hometown Panthers held a slim 6-4 lead over their guests, but then they turned it on. Middlebury would score the final two goals of the opening half, and six of the eight goals that would come in the second half to cruise to a 14-6 win, and improve to 4-1 on the year.
Senior attacker Dana Heritage led the Panther attack with four goals and an assist. She was helped out by junior midfielder Sally Ryan and freshman attacker Margaret Souther, each with a hat trick. In the net sophomore goalie Lily Nguyen made 14 saves for the victorious Panthers.
Connecticut, which dropped to 2-3 overall with the loss, was led by Abby Hall with a pair of goals.
The men on the other hand lost a heartbreaker 8-7 when they traveled to Connecticut College on the same day. Trailing 7-6 late in the fourth period when sophomore midfielder Alex Englert scored his second goal of the day to tie the game 7-7 with just 3:43 left to play. But it took Connecticut just 55 seconds to answer with the game winner, coming off the stick of John Lyons.
Pete Smith matched Englert's two goals to go along with an assist. Andrew Conner, Jack Balaban and Chris Teves rounded out Middlebury's scoring with single goals each. The defeat was Middlebury's first of the year. They fell to 4-1 overall, and 2-1 conference play. Connecticut remained perfect with the win, going to 6-0 overall, and 3-0 within the conference.
Midnight Strikes For Lady Cats
The UVM Catamounts ladies basketball team wanted to not only go to the ball this year, they wanted to stay. After a first round win over Wisconsin the Cats had to face the second seeded fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Tuesday, March 23rd. In the opening minutes it looked like they might pull off an even bigger upset and extend their stay to the round of sweet 16.
The Cats came out early, hitting almost everything they through up, and quickly took a 20-10 lead over the Irish. But it was at this point that Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame's star freshman point guard, took over. By halftime Diggins almost single handily, had turned that 20-10 Catamount lead into a 34-24 Irish lead. The second half was all Notre Dame and Diggins, who wound up with a career high 31 points and seven steals. Notre Dame won going away 84-66. Alissa Sheftic led the Catamounts with 14 points in their season finale. A season Cat fans will long remember. Notre Dame didn't attend much more of the ball either, losing their next game in overtime to Oklahoma.