Men's Lax Tops Rensselaer
April 7, 2009
Mike Stone's six goals tied his freshly-minted career-high set three days previous to lead Middlebury to an 11-6 victory over Rensselaer on Tuesday at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The fourth-ranked Panthers improve to 8-1 on the year, while the Red Hawks record evens at 5-5 overall. The six goals allowed was a season-best for the Middlebury defense as goaltender Pete Britt stopped 13 shots en route to the win. The Panthers return to action, hosting Tufts in a key NESCAC match-up on Saturday at 2 p.m., while Rensselaer will host SUNY Cobleskill on Thursday.
Middlebury jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first quarter, capped by a pair from Stone, including his second tally at 12:50. The Red Hawks got on the board with 5:31 left when Austin Ray, standing point-blank in front of Britt, faked high and shot low for the score.
In the second, David Hild scored a man-up goal at 14:43 off a great low to high feed from Skyler Hopkins before Stone netted his third with 12:47 on the clock for a 5-1 lead. Just one minute later, Ray cut the advantage to 5-2, collecting a pass by Nick Billy from behind the cage. The Red Hawks replaced starting keeper Ryan DeJordy with back-up Angelo Luppino. Stone quickly solved the new keeper, scoring his fourth goal before Rensselaer added a pair to end the half, including Paul Cerone's first of his game-high three tallies, cutting the Middlebury advantage to 6-4 at intermission.
Hopkins added a goal less than a minute into the third quarter for a 7-4 lead. Neither team could muster a goal for over 10 minutes, before Cerone's second goal with 3:55 left. The Panthers exploded for three scores in the final three minutes, as Dave Campbell, Tom Petty and Stone each tickled the twine, building a 10-5 lead after three quarters. Each team added one goal in the fourth as Cerone netted his hat trick at 13:30, while Stone capped the scoring with his sixth tally of the game with 8:15 remaining.
Stone led all scorers with six goals while collecting an impressive nine ground balls. Tom Petty added a pair as Hopkins chipped in a goal and an assist. Campbell collected a game-high 10 ground balls, won 11-18 face-offs and scored a goal for Middlebury. Cerone's three goals paced Rensselaer, as Ray netted two and Billy assisted on two others.
Britt stopped 13 shots on the day to earn the win for Middlebury. Luppino is credited with the loss, allowing six goals over 42:20 while making eight saves for the Red Hawks. DeJordy made one save, allowing five scored over 19:20 of action.
SCORE BY PERIOD 1 2 3 4 Tot
Rensselaer.......... 1 3 1 1 - 6
Middlebury.......... 3 3 4 1 - 11
GOALS: Paul Cerone 3; Austin Ray 2; Brett Evans 1.
ASSISTS: Nick Billy 2.
GOALS: Mike Stone 6; Tom Petty 2; Skyler Hopkins 1; Dave Campbell 1; David Hild 1.
ASSISTS: Chris Teves 2; Zack Harwood 1; Skyler Hopkins 1.
SHOTS - RPI 25; MIDMLAX 32.
PENALTIES - RPI 4/3:00; MIDMLAX 1/1:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - RPI 0-1; MIDMLAX 1-3.
FACEOFFS - RPI 8-20; MIDMLAX 12-20.
CLEARS - RPI 14-22; MIDMLAX 18-25.
RPI: Ryan DeJordy (19:40 minutes, 1 save, 5 GA), Angelo Luppino (40:20, 8 saves, 6 GA);
MIDMLAX: Peter Britt (60:00, 13 saves, 6 GA).