Men's Lacrosse Holds Off Skidmore
April 13, 2010
Leading 7-2, Middlebury held off a charge from visiting Skidmore en route to an 11-9 victory on Tuesday at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. With the win, the 17th ranked Panthers improve to 6-3, while the Thoroughbreds drop to 5-3 on the year.
Middlebury jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one quarter with goals from three different Panthers. Pete Smith collected the first goal, catching a pass from Mike Giordano for a 1-0 advantage at 5:48. Just over a minute later, Giordano scored off a doorstep feed from Erich Pfeffer. With 45 seconds left, Jeff Begin netted a score off a turnover deep in the Thoroughbred zone for a 3-0 lead.
Skidmore cut the lead to 4-2 at 9:56 in the second before the Panthers pumped in the next three for a 7-2 lead with 4:33 left, capped by Pfeffer's driving shot from the left side. Skidmore answered with two goals, 27 seconds apart as Matt Levesque scored the second of his game-high four goals on a man-up tally off a pass by Cory Barkoff at 3:42. After the faceoff, Barkoff added his second goal of the game at 3:15, cutting the Panther lead to 7-4 heading into halftime.
Scott Redmond opened the third quarter with a man-up score for Middlebury at 10:30 before Skidmore scored the next three, cutting Middlebury's lead to 8-7. Ryan Paradis ended the run with a dazzling low shot, falling to the ground in front of the crease with 2:23 on the clock. David Hild answered quickly for the Panthers with a physical drive for a top shelf tally 35 seconds later.
Hild added the opening scoring in the fourth, giving Middlebury a 10-7 lead with a bounce shot from the left side at 14:00. The Skidmore tandem of Barkoff and Levesque added scores at 11:40 and 9:45 respectively, cutting the lead to 10-9. A slashing penalty on Skidmore with 6:09 remaining set up the final goal of the game, as Hild collected a Jack Balaban pass for a man-up goal at 5:53 for an 11-9 advantage. Panther goalie Ryan Deane was strong down the stretch, making three saves in the final minutes to preserve the win.
Hild, who scored the final three goals for Middlebury, ended up with the hat trick and two assists on the day, as eight other Panthers chipped in a goal. Deane ended the day with 12 saves in net for Middlebury. Levesque paced the Thoroughbreds with a game-high four goals and one assist, while Barkoff added three scores and a pair of assists. Flip Bongaerts stopped 15 shots in net for Skidmore, allowing 11 goals. For the game, Middlebury held a 17-6 advantage in faceoff wins.