Men's Lacrosse Holds Off Springfield
March 16, 2011
Middlebury scored the final three goals of the game earning a hard fought 13-9 victory over visiting Springfield on Wednesday afternoon at Kohn Field. The fifth-ranked Panthers improve to 2-0 on the young season, while the Pride drops to 2-3 with the non-conference loss.
Springfield took their first and only lead of the game in the first quarter when Shawn Runyon scored for a 2-1 lead. Middlebury’s John McGoldrick scored the equalizer in the final minute of the first quarter off a feed from David Hild, starting a four-goal run by the Panthers.
Andrew Conner continued the run at 13:51 in the second quarter with a driving bounce shot before Hild capped the run with a pair of goals, including an impressive dodge from the left side for a 5-2 advantage with 9:00 remaining before the break. The teams exchanged scores before Middlebury’s Tim Cahill scored off a great feed from Mike Giordano for a 7-3 lead with 3:52 left. Tyler O’Keefe answered for the Pride collecting a ground ball and slipping one past Panther goalie Ryan Deane just over a minute later. Cahill and Giordano collaborated on the final goal of the half as a cutting Cahill collected a cross-crease pass from Giordano for a man-up tally with 1:15 left.
Trailing 8-4 entering the third quarter, Springfield scored a pair of five-hole goals as Jerrid Johnson notched his second goal of the game at 11:06. Forty-five seconds later, Mike Delia’s score cut the Middlebury lead to 8-6. Both teams exchanged tallies before McGoldrick and Hild exchanged roles, as Hild notched his third of the game off a doorstep feed from McGoldrick for a 10-7 lead with 1:13 left in the third.
Springfield opened the fourth with another two-goal spurt including a man-down tally by Parker Geane, making it a 10-9 game with 14:01 left to play. Conner answered for Middlebury with a clutch move to the crease at 13:07 for a two-goal advantage. Hild added the final two goals of the game, the first at 10:56 on a physical move to the cage, followed up by a nice dodge at 6:35 for a 13-9 advantage and some breathing room.
Hild led all scorers with five goals and an assist, while Conner added a hat trick and Giordano scored a goal while dishing out a pair of assists for Middlebury. Geane scored three goals for Springfield, as Johnson added a pair of goals with one assist and O’Keefe netted two goals.
Deane made nine saves for Middlebury, while his Springfield counterpart Connor Nash made 12 saves in net.