Men's Lax Wins At Rensselaer
April 20, 2010
Trailing by two goals in the third quarter, the Middlebury College men's lacrosse team fired off five straight goals and held off Rensselaer, 9-6, in non-conference action at East Campus Stadium. With the win, the #15 Panthers improve to 8-3 overall, while the Engineers shoulder just their second loss of the season and are now 10-2.
Rensselaer had the momentum to open the second half, battling back from a 2-1 deficit in the second quarter to take a 3-2 lead after 30 minutes of play. After goals from rookie Erich Pfeffer and junior Andrew Conner pushed the visiting Panthers ahead, the Engineers mounted a comeback with two goals in the final 4:25 of the half.
Senior midfielder Paul Cerone, who scored with 14 seconds left in the first half, added his second tally at 10:35 of the third quarter, but Middlebury quickly took control of the game.
Panther sophomore Tim Cahill started the rally at 7:15, connecting on a pass from Pfeffer in front of the net to cut the lead to 4-3. Senior Jeff Begin tied it at 4-all at 5:41, and back-to-back goals less than a minute apart from freshmen Stew Kerr and Scott Redmond gave the visitors a 6-4 advantage after three quarters of play.
Redmond opened the fourth quarter with a goal, but the Engineers fought back as senior Bryant Johnson collected a pass from junior Nick Billy to cut the deficit to two (7-5) with 7:41 left in the game.
Middlebury tacked on a pair of goals minutes later and despite another tally from Johnson with 4:06 left, the Engineers were unable to even things up as the visitors played solid defense and controlled possession as the clock wound down.
Led by a pair of goals from Cahill and Redmond, the Panthers extended their winning streak over Rensselaer to eight games, dating back to the 1998 season. Additionally, Begin and Pfeffer each recorded a goal and an assist. In goal, junior Ryan Deane moved to 8-3 on the season, stopping 12 shots. Peter Jennings won 8 of 10 face-offs and picked up five ground balls in the win, while Zach Driscoll had five groundballs.
For RPI, which last defeated Middlebury on April, 21, 1971, Johnson and Cerone each scored a pair of goals. Billy added a goal and an assist, while rookie goalie James Manchester made 11 saves in just his second loss of the season. He is now 10-2 overall.