Middlebury Edged by Connecticut College, 8-6

Parker Lawlor scored once and collected three ground balls on Saturday.
Parker Lawlor scored once and collected three ground balls on Saturday.

Middlebury suffered its first setback of the season, as Connecticut College scored the game's final three goals for an 8-6 victory Saturday on Youngman Field. The Panthers (1-1, 1-1) are home Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. against 10th-ranked St. Lawrence, while the Camels (3-0, 2-0) take on Transylvania earlier in the day in Baltimore.

The guests got on the scoreboard first when Jon Creed fired a shot into the upper-right corner of the net just 48 seconds into the contest. Middlebury tied the game with 9:57 on the clock on a goal by Henry Riehl, and took a 2-1 lead with two minutes left on a tally by Parker Lawlor. The hosts grabbed a 3-1 lead with only 3.7 seconds remaining after a Connecticut College turnover. Michael McCormack cut to the crease and beat Camel goalie Jameson Hill for the two-goal edge.

After Jordan Foster scored from the side of the crease 5:53 into the second stanza, the Panthers regained their two-goal lead as Frank Cosolito set up Riehl at the top of the crease. The Camels scored twice in the final four minutes with Foster cutting to the crease (3:38) and Maxx Trotsky scoring on a man-up situation (1:18), sending the game into the half deadlocked at 4-4.

Each team tallied a man-up goal in the third quarter for a 5-5 tie, before Middlebury took its final lead with 4:55 left on A.J. Kucinski's goal from the top of the crease. His score came after collecting a ground ball right in front of the net. The Camels won the ensuing face-off and A.J. Vazquez tied the game for the fourth time of the day at 6-6. The visitors tacked on another score with 2:20 on the clock, as Trotsky converted a pass from behind the net from Jack Rutter.

In the final frame, the Camels forged ahead by two goals (8-6) when PJ Kelleher fired a shot into the lower part of the net with 10:34 remaining. Middlebury had a couple of chances to close the margin, firing four shots at the cage in the closing minutes, but Connecticut College kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in the final quarter to pull out the win.

Riehl finished with a pair of goals for the Panthers, while Kucinski and McCormack each had a goal and an assist. Kucinski also paced the hosts with five ground balls, while Stephen Clarke and Chase Goree each caused two turnovers. Charles Midgley finished with 12 saves and John Jackson went 8-17 on face-offs.

Foster led all players with three goals and Trotsky netted a pair for the Camels. Kelleher and Vazquez each collected three ground balls, while Hill recorded 14 saves for the win in goal. Ben Parens went 9-17 on face-offs.