NEW LONDON, Conn.—Rookie attackwoman Mary O'Connell scored two goals while assisting on three others to lead third ranked Middlebury College to a 12-4 victory at Connecticut College Saturday.
Sophomore Laurel Pascal (Greenwick, Conn.) added two goals and one assist for the visitors.
The Panthers (2-0) have won their first two NESCAC games this season. The Camels fell to 1-1 (0-1 NESCAC) with the loss.
Liza Herzog (Baltimore, Md.) and Ally Sciarretta (Wilton, Conn.) netted two goals each for the winning side.
Senior net-minder Alyssa Palomba (Shrewsbury, Mass.) collected five of her six saves in the second stanza for the Panthers.
Junior Catherine Fowler (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) corralled a team-best five ground balls while adding one goal and one caused turnover for Middlebury.
Sophomore Allisa Dalpe (East Falmouth, Mass.) finished with 10 saves for the Camels in the second start of her career.
Donegan opened the scoring with 25:08 remaining in the half when her shot caught a deflection off of a Panther defender and caromed into the back of the cage.
But the Panthers would score the next 10 goals to pull away. Ali Sciarretta (Wilton, Conn.) put the visitors on top for good when she put the finishing touches on O'Connell's pass with 19:57 remaining. Fowler and Herzog tacked on the next two goals to push the lead to 4-1. Then, with 16:23 remaining in the half, Pascal made a nice feed to O'Connell from behind the cage and O'Connell was able to flick one in from point blank distance.
Middlebury closed out its first half scoring with 2:18 remaining. O'Connell was able to break up a Camel clear and come away with a ground ball. In a two-on-one situation versus the keeper, O'Connell sprinted to the cage and dished the ball off to Sciarretta for the goal in transition that made it a 6-1 game at the break.
The Panthers scored the first four goals of the second stanza. O'Connell closed out the scoring surge when she buried a free position shot with 22:03 remaining.
Donegan netted her second goal of the game for the Camels with a free position goal at the 20 minute mark. She also finished with two draw controls in her home debut
Thomas added two more goals for the Camels but Middlebury was able to hold on for the 12-4 triumph.
The visitors held a 23-to-14 advantage in shots.