Hartford, Conn. – Senior Stephen Seymour (Fairfield, Conn.) netted five goals to lead Middlebury past Trinity, 15-4, in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Jessee/Miller Field. The Panthers won their fifth straight league game to improve to 6-6 overall and 5-3 in conference play, while the Bantams suffered their fifth straight loss to drop to 3-9 on the year and 1-7 in the NESCAC.
Seymour led the attack for Middlebury, while Jon Broome (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) had a game-high seven points thanks to a three goal and four assist effort. Tim Giarrusso (Hingham, Mass.) and Jack Rautiola (Acton, Mass.) each had multi-goal games as well for the Panthers, tallying three and two markers, respectively.
Junior Jeff Rautiola (Acton, Mass.) continued his strong play for Trinity, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) was the other Bantam to register a multi-point game as he dished out a pair of helpers.
Middlebury got off to a quick start, scoring the first six goals of the contest. Late in the second quarter, Rautiola put the Bantams on the board with just 23 seconds remaining in the first half. The Panthers would win the ensuing faceoff and Giarrusso beat Trinity netminder Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) just before the horn sounded to signal halftime as Middlebury went into the break with a 7-1 advantage.
In the third quarter, Middlebury stretched its lead to eight as Seymour and Broome found the back of the net. Trinity would answer by scoring three of the game's next four goals to cut the deficit to six at 10-4. Freshman Gus Ackley (Columbus, Ohio) scored the Bantams fourth goal of the game just 17 seconds into the final quarter to breathe life into his team and the crowd. The Panthers responded with a 5-0 run to close out the game and earn the conference victory.
Zaverucha made 22 saves in a losing effort for Trinity, while Nate Gaudio (Chesire, Conn.) turned aside 10 shots to earn his sixth victory of 2014.
Will Benjamin (Garrison, N.Y.) had a solid game for Trinity, winning 13-of-21 faceoffs and scooping a game-high five groundballs. Harrison Goodkind (Branford, Conn.) was all over the field for the Panthers, causing two turnovers, winning a faceoff and grabbing a pair of groundballs.
The Bantams return to action on Wednesday, April 16, with a non-conference tilt against Roger Williams beginning at 4:30 p.m.