April 2, 2012

The Panther men’s lacrosse team dropped its third straight game as the Panthers fell 7-6 at Hamilton on Wednesday. Max Vaickus stopped 14 shots in goal to lead Hamilton to the win in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Steuben Field on March 28. The Continentals, who competed in the Liberty League from ’96-’11 earn their first win over Middlebury since 1958. The Panthers had won 16 straight games in the series, including 28-3 in the last meeting in 1980.

Jon Leanos posted two goals and one assist for Hamilton, while Henry Burchenal added two goals, including the game-winner with 9:09 to play. Luke Sadoff notched a goal and an assist, and John Zimmerman and Connor Morgan scored the other two goals.

            Senior Tim Cahill (Glastonbury, Conn.) paced the Panthers offensively with two goals. Junior Erich Pfeffer (Glastonbury, Conn.) posted one goal and one assist, and junior Stew Kerr (Lake Forest, Ill), junior Andrew Metros (Kings Point, N.Y.) and sophomore Bryan Ayers (Southborough, Mass.) scored one goal apiece.

Sophomore Darric White (Fairfield, Conn.) picked up a game-high seven ground balls, while junior Brian Foster (Medfield, Mass.) won 10-16 face-offs. Sophomore Nate Gaudio (Cheshire, Conn.) stopped 13 shots in goal.

Hamilton scored the first five goals and held a 5-0 lead with 9:43 left in the second quarter. Leanos scored his first goal at 13:44 of the first quarter off an assist from Hopper, and tallied his second with 5:24 remaining in the quarter off a feed from Sadoff. The Continentals led 2-0 at the end of the first.

In the second quarter, Morgan and Burchenal sandwiched a pair of man-up goals around a score by Sadoff to give Hamilton a five-goal advantage. Kerr found the back of the net with 2:39 left in the second to pull Middlebury within 5-1 heading into halftime.

The Panthers roared back in the second half, scoring five of the next six goals to tie the score at 6-6. Pfeffer scored with 13:45 left in the third quarter, and Ayers netted a goal just 35 seconds later to pull Middlebury within 5-3. Metros' goal with 2:23 left in the quarter cut the deficit to one. Zimmerman found the back of the net with 18 seconds remaining in the third to give the Continentals a 6-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Cahill scored a goal at 13:56 of the fourth, and another with 10:14 to play to tie the score for the first time. Burchenal gave Hamilton the lead for good with his 11th goal. After a Middlebury turnover with 2:09 to play, the Continentals maintained possession for the next 2:08 to seal the victory.

Hamilton held a 40-37 shot advantage, and scooped up 42 ground balls to Middlebury's 31. The Continentals were 2-4 with the extra man, while the Panthers were 1-3.

The Middlebury men's lacrosse team dropped a tight 9-7 NESCAC road game at Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. Mark Flibotte scored four goals and goaltender Chris Williamson stopped 15 to lead Bowdoin to the win. The 14th-ranked Polar Bears have won four straight games and improve to 6-1 (3-1 NESCAC) with the victory. The Panthers (2-5, 2-3 NESCAC) have lost four in a row for the first time since 1990.

After sharing a 3-3 lead at intermission, Bowdoin used a 5-0 run in the third quarter to go from a 4-3 deficit to an 8-4 lead in a span of 9:11.

Two of Flibotte's four goals came in the spurt to go with tallies from Keegan Mehlhorn and Patrick Lawlor. Junior Scott Redmond (Essex Fells, N.J.) stopped the bleeding for Middlebury with a marker late in the period to trim the Bowdoin lead to 8-5 heading into the fourth.

After Pfeffer cut the lead to 8-6 early in the stanza, Bowdoin was called for five consecutive penalties in a six-minute span.

The visitors could only convert one time with the extra attacker, however, as Pfeffer notched his second goal with 5:41 to go. Williamson stopped five shots in the final frame and Flibotte sealed the victory on a goal with 2:15 remaining.

Pfeffer paced the Panthers with two goals and two assists while Foster won 16-20 face-offs in the game for Middlebury. Gaudio made 10 saves in the loss for the Panthers. Bowdoin's defense stood tall in the win, led by Matthew Egan's four turnovers and five ground balls.
• Men’s lacrosse record: 2-5
• Up next: 4/5 vs. Tufts – 4:30, 4/7 vs. Amherst – 2:00