The Middlebury men’s lacrosse team dropped a pair games last week. On Tuesday, eighth-ranked Denison scored six-straight goals midway through the game, on its way to a 12-7 victory. With Saturday’s game tied at 8-8 after 30 minutes, seventh-ranked Amherst outscored Middlebury 10-3 in the second session, on its way to an 18-11 victory over the Panthers.
In Tuesday’s game, Middlebury came out strong with goals from senior Henry Riehl (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Jack Gould (Prides Crossing, Mass.) to give them a 2-0 lead at the 10:12 mark. Jake Waxter put the Big Red on the board, before a man-up goal by junior Michael McCormack (Williamstown, Mass.) gave the visitors a 3-1 lead. Denison closed the quarter with two goals, including a tally with one second left from Peter Pittroff to tie the game at 3-3 after 15 minutes.
After Riehl put Middlebury up 4-3 just 1:17 into the second quarter, Denison scored the game’s next six goals, four of them in the second quarter for a 7-4 lead at the half.
The Big Red extended their lead to 9-4 in the third, before Riehl broke up the run with his third of the game with 4:36 remaining in the third quarter.
Trailing 10-5, Middlebury senior Parker Lawlor (Carlsbad, Calif.) found the back of the net with 34 seconds left in the quarter, cutting the lead to 10-6 after 45 minutes.
The Panthers kept coming, making it a 10-7 game with 10:04 remaining when sophomore A.J. Kucinski (Cohasset, Mass.) found classmate Chase Goree (Alexandria, Va.).
The score held until the final minutes when Denison scored twice to seal the 12-7 victory.
Junior Charles Midgley (Scarborough, N.Y.) made eight saves in goal. Sophomore Jake Madnick (Glastonbury, Conn.) won 10-18 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls, while rookie Laurence Jackson (San Francisco, Calif.) forced three turnovers with five rollers.
Denison’s Brooks Davy led all goal scorers with four, Pittroff scored twice with six assists, while Owen Armstrong earned three tallies. Stephen Paras made four saves in goal for the hosts.
On Saturday, Middlebury went up 2-0 with goals from sophomore Danny Jacobs (Needham, Mass.) and Kucinski, before Amherst scored the next three, including a pair from Matt Solberg. Kucinski struck again with a shot from the outside, as Lawlor followed 25 seconds later with a low shot from the right, putting his team up 4-3 with 4:34 left in the first quarter. Amherst responded 11 seconds later, before two tallies from Evan Wolf gave the visitors a 6-4 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.
The teams exchanged the first four goals of the second quarter, before Jacobs and Riehl made it an 8-8 game heading into the break. The tally for Riehl extended his goal-scoring streak to 15 games.
Amherst scored six of the eight third-quarter goals, taking a 14-10 lead. Wolf recorded three of the Mammoth’s goals in the quarter, with man-up tallies from Zach Schwartz and Solberg.
Kucinski opened the fourth quarter with a quick-stick goal, converting a feed from Goree, cutting the lead to 14-11 with 13:24 remaining. That’s as close as the Panthers would get, as Amherst recorded the game’s final four tallies en route to the 18-11 victory.
Amherst controlled the face-off X in the game, winning 26-32 as Dylan Finazzo was 25-31 with a game-high 13 ground balls. Middlebury kept the game close by forcing 19 turnovers and committing just nine.
Jacobs led Middlebury with three goals and three assists, while McCormack finished with two goals and one helper. Kucinski scored three times and added an assist, extending his point streak to 25 games. Midgley made 13 saves in the game, as the Panthers were facing their fifth nationally-ranked opponent of the season.
Wolf led all scorers with five goals and five assists, Solberg scored three times, while Norton added a pair for Amherst. Chad Simons made 13 saves in 59 minutes of work.
• Men’s lacrosse record: 3-5
• Up Next: 4/4 at Hamilton – 4:30 p.m., 4/7 at Colby – 1:00 p.m.