March 28, 2011

            Trailing 2-1 in the second quarter against Connecticut College, Middlebury went on a 6-0 run on its way to a 12-4 victory at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The seventh-ranked Panthers improve to 3-1 on the year and 2-1 in NESCAC play, while the Camels fall to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in conference action.

            Junior Tim Cahill’s (Glastonbury, Conn.) goal at 13:31 of the first quarter was the lone score in the opening stanza as the Panthers took the slim lead into the second. The Camels’ Eric Doran had a hand in the next two goals of the game, scoring the equalizer at 10:59, while assisting Stephen Eicher less than a minute later for the 2-1 advantage.

            The Panthers answered on a goal by sophomore Erich Pfeffer (Glastonbury, Conn.) at 6:02, beginning their decisive six-goal run. Senior Andrew Connor (Alexandria, Va.) scored on a man-up shot for the go-ahead tally before sophomore Mike Giordano (Ridgewood, N.J.) collected a feed from senior David Hild (W. Hartford, Conn.) in transition for a 4-2 lead at the 1:03 mark. Seventeen seconds later, senior Alex Giammarco (Medfield, Mass.) put a tough angle shot by Conn. College’s John Lenehan for a 5-2 lead going into intermission.

            Conner continued the assault, opening the third quarter on a strong drive to the crease at 14:04, followed up by Pfeffer’s goal from 10 yards away for a 7-2 lead with 12:22 left in the quarter. The Camels put another pair of goals together, highlighted by a spinning post-up move by Tyler Corcoran at 9:56, cutting the Panther lead to 7-4.

            Middlebury responded as Giordano, Conner and Giammarco each scored, before Hild notched his first of the game on a man-up tally with 54 seconds left in the quarter, for an 11-4 lead. Quinn Cronan’s goal with 3:24 in the fourth capped the scoring at 12-4.

            Both teams split face-offs, winning 10 apiece, as Middlebury junior Peter Jennings (Wellesley, Mass.) and Conn. College’s Chuck Czerkawski each won eight match-ups. Middlebury held a slim 27-23 ground ball advantage on the afternoon, but the Panthers were an effective 2-2 on man-up attempts.

            Conner paced Middlebury with a hat trick, while Giordano added two tallies and one assist. Pfeffer and Giammarco each notched a pair of goals, while Hild chipped in with a goal and one helper. Senior Ryan Deane (Grosse Point, Mich.) earned the win in net for Middlebury, making seven saves over 53:22 of play as senior teammate Charles Ward (Alexandria, Va.) relieved Deane for 6:38, making one save.

            Doran led the Camels with a goal and an assist, as three others added one tally. Lenehan made 12 saves in net, while collecting a game-high eight ground balls for Conn. College.
• Men’s lacrosse record: 3-1
• 3/29 vs. W&L @ Georgetown – 7:00, 4/2 vs. Colby – 1:00