The Middlebury men’s lacrosse team recorded two home victories last week. On Tuesday afternoon, the Panthers scored the game's first 15 goals on their way to a 15-7 win over Springfield. Middlebury tallied the game's first nine goals on Saturday, as the Panthers handled visiting Trinity in a 22-6 NESCAC victory. The 22 goals marked the most since Middlebury recorded 24 in win over Castleton during the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
- In the win over Springfield, the Panthers scored six goals in the first quarter and three more in the second for a 9-0 halftime lead. Nine different players scored goals, while sophomore Alderik van der Heyde (San Diego, Calif.) had three assists.
- The third quarter saw the hosts tally the initial six goals, as sophomore Marshall Cummings (Kentfield, Calif.) gave Middlebury a 15-0 lead after converting a pass from behind the net by van der Heyde and the Pride scored the final seven goals for the 15-7 score.
- Senior Luke Peterson (Alexandria, Va.) and Cummings each scored twice in the victory, while rookie Tyler Forbes (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) had two goals and an assist and van der Heyde dished out three helpers. Junior Jake Madnick (Glastonbury, Conn.) dominated the faceoff X, winning 12-15 with a game-high 10 ground balls, while classmate Zeke Emerson (Deerfield, Mass.) finished the contest with five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Sophomore Tyler Bass (Atlanta, Ga.) made his first-career start in goal, making seven saves and allowing two goals in over 50 minutes of action.
- Middlebury held a 62-22 shots advantage in the game, as its defense forced 30 turnovers and caused Springfield to fail on 12 of 32 clearing attempts.
- In the victory over Trinity, Middlebury exploded for all eight goals in the opening frame, including three from Forbes.
- With the Panthers up 14-6 after three quarters, the Panthers scored the game’s final eight goals, including a pair from junior A.J. Kucinski (Cohasset, Mass.), for the 22-6 score.
- Kucinski led all players with seven points on four goals and three assists, while Forbes tallied five times with one helper. Junior Chase Goree (Alexandria, Va.) found the back of the net four times. Madnick went 16-27 on face offs and collected a game-high seven ground balls. Bass finished with 12 saves in 52:48 of playing time.
• Men’s lacrosse record: 6-6
• Up Next: 4/17 at Plattsburgh State – 4:00 p.m., 4/20 at Tufts – 2:00 p.m.