Middlebury

Men's Lacrosse Drops NESCAC Game At Bowdoin

March 31, 2012

The Middlebury men's lacrosse team dropped a tight 9-7 NESCAC road game at Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. Mark Flibotte scored four goals and goaltender Chris Williamson stopped 15 to lead Bowdoin to the win. The 14th-ranked Polar Bears have won four straight games and improve to 6-1 (3-1 NESCAC) with the victory. The Panthers (2-5, 2-3 NESCAC) have lost four in a row for the first time since 1990.

After sharing a 3-3 lead at intermission, Bowdoin used a 5-0 run in the third quarter to go from a 4-3 deficit to an 8-4 lead in a span of 9:11.

Two of Flibotte's four goals came in the spurt to go with tallies from Keegan Mehlhorn and Patrick Lawlor. Scott Redmond stopped the bleeding for Middlebury with a marker late in the period to trim the Bowdoin lead to 8-5 heading into the fourth.

After Middlebury's Eric Pfeffer cut the lead to 8-6 early in the stanza, Bowdoin was called for five consecutive penalties in a six-minute span.

The visitors could only convert one time with the extra attacker, however, as Pfeffer notched his second goal with 5:41 to go. Williamson stopped five shots in the final frame and Flibotte sealed the victory on a goal with 2:15 remaining.

Pfeffer paced the Panthers with two goals and two assists while Brian Foster won 16-20 face-offs in the game for Middlebury. Nate Gaudio made 10 saves in the loss for the Panthers. Bowdoin's defense stood tall in the win, led by Matthew Egan's four turnovers and five ground balls.

Bowdoin will host Williams at 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Middlebury returns to action April 5 at home against Tufts.

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