Huge Second Half Propels Men's Lacrosse Past Conn. College
March 17, 2012
Trailing 5-2 in the third quarter, Middlebury went on a 10-1 run, scoring the final eight goals of the game for a remarkable 12-6 victory over Connecticut College at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. For the game, Middlebury out-shot the Camels 50-21 and 17-3 in the fourth quarter. The eighth-ranked Panthers improve to 2-0 in NESCAC play, 2-1 overall, while the Camels remain winless on the young season at 0-3, with all three losses coming from conference foes.
The fast-paced second half scoring barrage contrasted a slow start to the game as each team mustered a man-up goal in the first quarter. The scoring picked up in the second stanza as Conn. College took a 3-1 lead on unassisted tallies by Andrew Freedman and Stephen Eicher. Middlebury sliced the lead to 3-2 before the half when Quinn Cronan spun in for his only goal of the game.
The Camels opened up their 5-2 lead early in the third period when Briggs Barton used a lefty move from 13 yards out with 14:07 left. Freedman followed 28 seconds later collecting a great cross-crease feed from J.R. Hartgers.
With less than ten minutes to play in the third quarter, the Panthers began their assault when Alex Englert put a wind-up shot past Camel goalie Rob Moccia. Ten seconds later after the Panthers won the ensuing face-off, Mike Giordano scored from in close, setting the score 5-4 in favor of the visitors with 9:13 left in the third. The Camels answered four minutes later on a goal by Chad Sawyer, giving Conn. College a 6-4 lead.
That would be the final tally for the Camels as Middlebury started their eight-goal onslaught less than a minute later on a John Duvnjak goal, as the long-stick defender scored off a turnover. Erich Pfeffer closed out the third, muscling in from the right side, tying the game at six apiece.
It took 8:49 for Middlebury’s Stew Kerr to break the 6-6 deadlock. Kerr grabbed his own off-the-post rebound and sliced a lefty bouncer past Moccia with 6:11 left to play. Leading 7-6, the Panthers’ Andrew Metros scored 22 seconds later for an 8-6 lead. Giordano assisted on Middlebury’s next goal at 4:09 before scoring his second of the game at 3:49. Darric White gave Middlebury an 11-6 lead as the defenseman collected a quick-stick feed from Scott Redmond in transition just 19 seconds later. Giordano fed another long-pole a minute later as Cal Williams capped the scoring with another transition goal.
Giordano paced Middlebury with two goals and two assists, while Kerr netted a pair and Redmond added two helpers. White added a goal and one assist, as Brian Foster won 8-15 face- offs, and Nate Guadio made seven saves in net for the win.
Moccia was busy in goal for the Camels, seeing 50 shots during the game, stopping 17 of them while allowing 12 goals. Freedman’s two goals and Hartgers’ goal and assist led Conn. College scoring. Chuck Czerkawski grabbed a game-best 10 groundballs, most off face-off wins as the midfielder won 13-22 attempts.