Middlebury College grabbed a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal late in the first period and the nationally ranked No. 7 Panthers went on to a 4-1 New England Small College Athletic Conference win against visiting Hamilton College at Kenyon Arena on Feb. 21.
Hamilton (9-13-2 overall, 3-11-2 NESCAC) is the eighth seed in the NESCAC championship tournament and will travel to No. 1 seed Amherst College for a quarterfinal contest on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. Middlebury (16-3-4, 12-2-2) is the tournament's second seed. This game marked the regular season finale for both teams.
Middlebury scored a shorthanded goal with 18 seconds left in the first period and added two goals 12 seconds apart midway through the second period. The Panthers took a 4-0 lead exactly 2:00 into the third.
Stephanie Miguel '11 recorded Hamilton's lone goal on a power play 6:08 into the final period. The goal is Miguel's team-high 21st this season. Her 37 points are the most by a Hamilton player since Zöe Baldwin had 42 in 2002-03. Kathryn Kroleski '09 and Christie Sharlow '11 were credited with the assists. Lesley Ryder '11 made 38 stops for the Continentals and Meg Shine '10 turned away five shots in the final 9:57.