The Middlebury men's lacrosse team held off a furious comeback attempt by Trinity, including a save from goalie Charles Midgley in the final seconds, for a 13-12 NESCAC victory at Trinity (4-7, 1-6). The win is the third-straight triumph for the Panthers by one goal. Winners of four-consecutive contests, Middlebury (7-5, 4-4) remains on the road Tuesday for a non-conference contest at Endicott beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Trailing 2-1 a little more than three minutes into action, the Panthers rattled off three-straight goals for a 4-2 advantage with 2:21 left. The Bantams cut the deficit to 4-3 after one quarter on a tally from Andrew Collins.
The second stanza saw the visitors record the first four goals, including man-up tallies from Henry Riehl and A.J. Kucinski, for an 8-3 advantage with 3:43 remaining before halftime. An even-strength goal from Collins, as well as a man-up score by Jack Stallman, brought the Bantams to within three (8-5) at the break.
Out of the intermission, Kucinski scored with 10:08 left to play in the third to hand the visitors a 9-5 lead. The Bantams came back with three unanswered, cutting the deficit to 9-8 on goals from Max DeLaMater, Ben Ferrucci and Max Herman. Scores from Michael McCormack, who caught a rebound and shot it all in one motion, as well as Jack Gould, pushed the Middlebury edge back to three at 11-8 with one quarter left.
In the fourth, the Panthers grabbed a 12-8 lead when Riehl netted his second of the game with 13:29 left. The Bantams began their comeback attempt with three goals over the next four minutes, including a pair from Teddy Myers and a single score by Spud Dunn, to make it a 12-11 game at the 9:47 mark. Riehl scored his third goal of the day with 5:01 left to give the Panthers a two-goal edge at 13-11.
Myers drew the hosts back to within one at 13-12 with just 48 ticks left. Trinity won the ensuing faceoff, but a shot by Drew Kozub with time winding down was denied by Midgley, who sent the ball downfield and out of harm's way to secure the Panther win.
McCormack, Riehl and Kucinski each scored three times, while Riehl added a pair of assists. McCormack and Kucinski each had one helper for the Panthers. Zeke Emerson caused a game-high three turnovers, while Jake Madnick won 10-27 faceoffs and scooped up three ground balls. Midgley concluded his day with 12 saves in front of the Panther net.
Myers led the Bantams with a hat trick, while Collins finished with a pair of scores. Knaus led all players with four assists and tallied a goal as well. Scott Morgan won 14-21 of his faceoff opportunities with a game-high 10 ground balls. Woody Hamilton finished with 13 saves, including a handful of clutch stops late in the game.