Men's Lacrosse Tops Springfield In Home-Opener
March 13, 2013
Middlebury jumped out to an 8-1 lead midway through the second quarter, holding off a third quarter Springfield surge for an 18-12 victory on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. In the 40 match-ups between the schools, the Panthers (2-0) hold a 29-11 advantage in the series, winning seven of the last eight contests.
Leading 2-1 in the first quarter, Middlebury rattled off six straight goals, taking an 8-1 lead midway through the second as Jon Broome bookended the run with a pair of goals. Springfield (1-3) ended the half with a 3-1 burst, including a man-up tally by Ryon Lynch, setting the score at 9-4 at intermission.
The Pride opened the third quarter with a goal as defenseman Matt Giannelli rumbled coast-to-coast for a momentum-shifting tally at 13:28. Middlebury stopped the surge with two straight as Mike Giordano scored one and assisted on the other for an 11-5 lead with 8:48 left in the third. After both teams exchanged scores over the next two minutes of action, the Pride closed out the quarter with a 3-0 burst as Lynch was involved in all three scores, assisting on the first and netting the next two including a transition tally with 33 seconds left, cutting the Middlebury lead to 12-9.
Middlebury earned some breathing room in the fourth when Andrew Metros made a strong dodge to the crease for a goal at 12:41. Nine seconds later, face-off specialist Brian Foster collected the face-off winning groundball and fed Giordano for his third goal of the day. Leading 14-9, the Panthers allowed a Springfield goal before Broome scored his fourth of the game at 9:10 on a man-up tally. Lynch responded less than a minute later for Springfield with his fourth of the game, while Giordano countered with his fourth 56 ticks later, for a 16-11 lead with 7:27 left to play. A pair of man-up goals by Sean Carroll, both off Erich Pfeffer feeds, sandwiched a Dylan Sheehan goal for Springfield in the waning minutes for an 18-12 final.
Giordano finished with four goals and two assists for Middlebury, while Broome scored four goals for the second time this season and added an assist. Stew Kerr notched a hat trick, while Carroll scored two and chipped in an assist for three points, as Pfeffer and Metros each netted one and dished two helpers. Nate Gaudio earned the win in net, making 12 saves.
Lynch led all scorers with four goals and three assists for Springfield, as Bryce Cerriello scored three and had one assist. Sheehan chipped in one goal with two assists, while face-off specialist Branden Fernandez won 18-33 match-ups and collected a game-high 11 groundballs. Goalie Connor Nash took the loss, making five saves.