Middlebury, Vt. - Middlebury College scored all five goals in the third quarter, turning a 6-5 Trinity College halftime lead into an 11-7 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse victory for the Panthers this afternoon. Trinity falls to 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the NESCAC and is eliminated from contention for the post-season. The Panthers improve to 6-7 overall and 3-5 in the league with their second win in a row.
The Bantams grabbed the initial lead of the game, scoring 2:20 into the contest on a score by Troy Hanlon. The hosts responded with four-straight goals, but Hanlon made it a 4-2 score by the end of the opening 15 minutes, scoring with 1:17 left in that frame on a shot from the right side. The Bantams scored four of the five goals in the second quarter, including the final three. After the Panthers went up 5-3 when Riehl found the back of the net, the visitors tallied three times in the last 7:24. Sophomore Max DeLamater started the spurt with a goal from class mate Ben Knaus and junior John Caraviello gave Trinity a 6-5 lead going into the break with a rebound of his own initial shot with 1:02 on the clock.
In the third quarter, A.J. Kucinski knotted the score at 6-6 just 1:28 into the period and Danny Jacobs put the hosts in front for good two minutes later, tucking in a rebound. Henry Riehl sandwiched two more goals around a tally by Kucinski as the Panthers led 10-6 with one quarter remaining. Riehl rifled a shot from 15 yards out to increase the Middlebury advantage to 11-6 on a man-up goal early in the fourth quarter. Trinity junior Jack Sharrio scored late to make the final 11-7.
Hanlon netted a pair of goals and Caraviello scored once and set up another, while junior goalie Woody Hamilton collected 17 saves and a team-best five ground balls. Riehl led all players with five goals, while Kucinski (2-4-6) recorded his third six-point effort in the last four contests. Quincy Nichols scooped up seven ground balls, while Jackson collected six and went 13-17 on face-offs. In goal for the Panthers, Charles Midgley finished with a career-high 16 saves and also caused three turnovers. The Panthers excelled on special teams, going 5-8 with the man-advantage and erased all six Bantam man-up opportunities. The guests held a slight 43-41 edge in shots, while Middlebury went 17-22 on face-offs.