March 14, 2011

            Senior David Hild (W. Hartford, Conn.) scored a career-best six goals to lead Middlebury past Bates 14-6 at Kohn Field on Saturday. With the season-opening win, the seventh-ranked Panthers own a 1-0 overall record and a 1-0 NESCAC mark, while Bates evens their record at 2-2, falling to 0-1 in conference play. This is the 24th match-up of the two schools, as Middlebury holds a sparkling 24-0 record over the Bobcats.

            The Panthers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as sophomore Erich Pfeffer’s (Glastonbury, Conn.) man-up tally at 10:21 was bookended by a pair of Hild scores. Bates answered when Kyle Starr swept across the top for a lefty tally at 4:41, before Hild notched a first quarter hat trick with 36 seconds left in the quarter.

            Hild added his fourth off a face-off win by sophomore Brian Foster (Medfield, Mass.) to start the second quarter, as senior Andrew Connor (Alexandria, Va.) scored at 12:52 for a 6-1 advantage. The Bobcats cut the lead to 6-2 a minute later on a man-up shot by Rory Cosgrove before Middlebury ended the quarter on a three-goal run. Hild again bookended a three-goal surge with tallies at 9:23 and 2:47, while sophomore Mike Giordano (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored a transition goal at 3:42 off a feed from junior Alex Englert (Wellesley, Mass.).

            Leading 9-2 to start the third quarter, both teams exchanged goals before the Panthers added a pair, building their largest lead of the game at 12-3. Junior Tim Cahill (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored on a two-man advantage off an assist from Giordano at 10:09, while senior Alex Giammarco (Medfield, Mass.) scored 12 seconds later on a bounce shot. Bates rallied with a three-goal counterpunch, as Luke Charest collected an assist on all three goals, including the final tally by Dan Hines at 11:03 in the fourth quarter. Trailing 12-6, the Bobcats could not get any closer as Middlebury added the final two goals of the game to close out the win.

            Hild led all scorers with his career-high six goals and one assist. Giordano dished out a team-best three assists and scored one goal, while Cahill added two goals and an assist for the Panthers. Seven Bobcats scored one goal apiece, while Charest added a team-high three assists.

            Panther senior goalie Ryan Deane (Grosse Point, Mich.) was extremely active in net, making 14 saves, allowing six goals, as he nabbed a game-high nine ground balls. Bates goalie Adam Scharff made seven saves in defeat, allowing all 14 goals.
• Men’s lacrosse record: 1-0
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