April 18, 2011

            Sophomore Mike Giordano (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored from junior Tim Cahill (Glastonbury, Conn.) with 2:49 left in the second overtime to give 11th ranked Middlebury an 11-10 non-league win over 12th ranked Skidmore College on Tuesday.

            Middlebury opened the game with a pair of quick goals by senior Andrew Connor (Alexandria, Va.) at 14:28 and 13:15. Skidmore answered with consecutive goals by Mike Holden, defender Brian Milazzo, Mike Perlow, and Jon Hoeg to lead 4-2 after one.

            The teams traded goals in the second quarter. Panther sophomore midfielder Andrew Metros (Kings Point, N.Y.) cut the Thoroughbred lead to one, 4-3, with his first goal of the season at 9:43.  Skidmore All-American Matt Levesque got it back to two at 4:56. Senior David Hild (W. Hartford, Conn.) responded with his 25th of the season from Giordano at 1:37 for the Panthers. Mike Holden scored his 20th of the year at :35 to give the Thoroughbreds a 6-4 advantage at the half.

Middlebury scored the first three goals of the second half to regain the lead, 7-6. Conner scored twice and Cahill once in the run. Levesque tied it for the Thoroughbreds from Bryan Connolly with 1:33 left to make it 7-7 after three quarters.

            Skidmore went back on top at 13:07 of the fourth when Perlow scored his 18th of the season. Connor tied it 8-8 with his career-high fifth of the game at 10:47. Middlebury sophomore Billy Chapman (Greenwich, Conn.) grabbed the ground ball off the ensuing face off and went the distance to put the Panthers in front 9-8 at 10:31.  Hild made it 10-8 with 3:46 to play.

The Thoroughbreds battled back to tie it.  Levesque scored his third of the game with 2:16 to play in regulation to cut the lead to one, 10-9. Then with Middlebury content to run the clock out, Skidmore defender Michael Jennings caused a turnover and Milazzo grabbed the ground ball and found Holden alone for his third score of the game with :29 to play.

            Both teams had chances to win it in the first overtime. Skidmore goalie Connor Dowling made a big save on a tough Hild shot with 1:12 to play. Middlebury senior goalie Ryan Deane (Grosse Point, Mich.) returned the favor 11 seconds later with a huge save on a hard Levesque shot from inside the circle.

In the second overtime, Ryan Paradis won the faceoff for the Thoroughbreds, but Henry Clark forced a turnover behind his own net.  Middlebury quickly cleared the ball with consecutive passes, the last by Cahill who passed up the chance to shoot from the top of the circle and instead found Giordano alone in front. Giordano’s shot just beat Dowling high for the winner.

Conner led the Panthers with five goals, while junior Matt Rayner (Andover, Mass.) had five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Middlebury had a 54-41 shot advantage, but Skidmore held the edge in ground balls, 44-38. Dowling had 19 saves for the Thoroughbreds, including six in the third quarter. Deane finished with 16 saves for the Panthers, 10 coming in the first half

Hild scored four goals to lead visiting Middlebury over Trinity 12-8 in NESCAC men’s lacrosse action Saturday on Jesse/Miller Field. Trinity, ranked No. 5 in New England and No. 14 in the nation, falls to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the NESCAC with its second loss in a row, while the Panthers, ranked No. 3 in New England and No. 11 nationally, improves to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the league with its third consecutive victory.

Middlebury scored four times in a row in the fourth quarter to break open an 8-7 game, after Bantam sophomore midfielder Stephen Manning had pulled Trinity to within one goal at 8-7 with a rocket from 15 yards away on the right wing with 10:28 in the game.  Chapman answered with the first goal in the 4-0 spurt 15 seconds later, converting on an assist by Giordano after the Panthers had stolen the ball from Trinity following the faceoff.  Panther junior middie Alex Englert (Wellesley, Mass.) and Hild added insurance tallies before the teams traded meaningless goals in the final minute.

Trinity opened the scoring almost eight minutes into the game on a diving drop-in behind his head by senior Ted Basco, but Hild tallied twice in a 32-second stretch to give Middlebury the lead for good with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter.  The Bantams stayed within a goal or two until they fell behind, 7-4, and, 8-5, late in the third frame, but a one-timer by senior attackman Greg Brennan from sophomore attackman Jeff Hebert and Manning’s goal made it a one-point game.

Trinity sophomores Nick Shaheen and Jeff Ratiola recorded a goal and an assist apiece, while Manning picked up a team-high four ground balls, and junior goalie Peter Johnson made nine saves. Middlebury outshot Trinity, 38-28, and won 16 of the 23 face-offs, including 12 of 18 by sophomore Brian Foster (Medfield, Mass.).  Conner notched three goals and one assist, while Cahill scored twice, and Giordano had a goal and an assist. Chapman scooped a game-high six ground balls and Deane made seven saves and added four ground balls for Middlebury.
• Men’s lacrosse record: 8-2
• Up next: 4/19 vs. Rensselaer – 4:30, 4/23 vs. Tufts – 2:00