Middlebury Falls to St. Lawrence in Double Overtime

John Jackson won 21-30 faceoffs and picked up a game-high 10 ground balls on Tuesday.
John Jackson won 21-30 faceoffs and picked up a game-high 10 ground balls on Tuesday.

The Middlebury men's lacrosse team dropped a tough 14-13 decision to visiting St. Lawrence when the Saints' Jordan Dow scored the game-winning goal with 14.1 seconds left in the second overtime on Tuesday on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The seventh-ranked Panthers (2-2) return to NESCAC play on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Wesleyan, while the Saints (4-0) play the same day in Florida against Western New England at 1:00 p.m.

The teams traded goals early with the Saints getting the game's opening tally from Conor Healey with 1:10 expired. The Panthers pulled even a little more than a minute later when Cedric Rhodes whipped an underhanded shot from the left side about 10 yards out. Dow put the guests back in front at 9:36, while Middlebury's Michael McCormack laced a shot from long range just inside the top-right corner with 8:12 showing on the first-quarter clock for his first career goal.

St. Lawrence picked up four-straight goals and claimed a 6-2 lead. Jeremy Vautour scored twice, while Healey and Dow each found the back of the Panther net. Healey's goal with 2:46 remaining came while the Saints were a man down.

The Panthers ended the opening stanza in exciting fashion when Jon Broome scored off a feed from Jack Cleary with 0.5 seconds left on the clock, cutting the Saint edge to three (6-3).

Middlebury started the second quarter with a man-up goal to make it a 6-4 contest with 13:49 left, as Rhodes cashed in on a back-door pass from Kyle Soroka. The Saints countered with consecutive goals to push their lead to 8-4. Charlie Duprey recorded the first of those with a nifty over-the-shoulder shot, while Brett McCormack converted the second on a pass across the crease from Healey.

The Panthers responded with 2:54 left in the half following a St. Lawrence turnover. Sokora scooped up a ground ball on a failed clear and quickly dished off a pass to Broome for the goal. Broome added his third goal of the half in transition at the 1:17 mark after Harrison Goodkind picked up the ground ball and sent a pass to the stick of Broome for the quick-stick goal.

St. Lawrence netted the final tally of the second quarter with 24 seconds remaining on a shot from 10 yards out on the right side by Andrew Jarrett, as the visitors took a 9-6 lead into the break.

Following an opening half which saw a combined 15 goals between the teams, the third quarter had just three goals, two by the Panthers. After the Saints went up 10-7 on a goal by Vautour, the hosts scored when Henry Riehl tallied his fourth and fifth goals of the spring at 6:31 and 3:11 of the third. Riehl's goals made it a 10-8 game in favor of St. Lawrence heading to the final quarter.

Middlebury carried that momentum over into the fourth quarter, scoring the stanza's first four tallies. Jack Gould used an individual effort to get the hosts within a goal, and Sean Carroll tied the contest when his shot from the right wing hit Saint goalie Ryan Fisher (10 saves) and trickled over the goal line with 11:46 on the clock. The game was tied for only 37 seconds, as Middlebury took advantage of a non-releasable penalty with a pair of man-up goals. Gould netted the first of the on an assist from Soroka, while Soroka was the recipient of a pass from Gould, giving the Panthers a 12-10 advantage with 10:47 on the clock.

The Saints pulled back to even at 12-12 with goals from Dow at 8:38 and Jon Fairbanks with 3:40 left. Middlebury took a narrow one-goal advantage on an unassisted shot from the right side by Gould with 2:11 remaining, but Dow collected the equalizer with six seconds left to tie the score at 13-13 and force overtime.

Middlebury had the best scoring chance in the first four-minute extra session when Carroll rifled a shot from 10 yards out that went just above the St. Lawrence crossbar. Vautour had a great scoring opportunity with just over a minute remaining in the second overtime, but Panther goalie Will Ernst (10 saves) denied the scoring bid with a save off his mask. After a Middlebury possession that yielded a pair of shots with a man-up chance, Dow ended the game in the closing seconds redirecting a pin-point pass by Alec Dietsch from the right side for the Saint victory.

Broome and Gould paced Middlebury's attack with three goals and one assist apiece, while Soroka had one goal and three assists. John Jackson came up huge at the faceoff X going 21-30 with a game-high 10 ground balls, while Joey Zelkowitz tacked on eight rollers.

Dow led all players with five goals, while Vautour chipped in with three to go along with an assist. Healey scored a goal and set up four others, while Fisher finished with a team-best four ground balls for the Saints.

Middlebury held a 45-34 edge in shots and 38-25 advantage in ground balls. The Panthers went 3-8 on the man-up opportunities, while the Saints were 1-3.