Middlebury opened its season with an 11-10 win over #14 Bates (1-2, 0-1) on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Panthers (1-0, 1-0) return to action next Saturday when they host Connecticut College at 1:00 p.m.
Trailing 2-0, Middlebury ran off the game's next four goals to hold a 4-2 advantage at the 5:33 mark of the second quarter. Henry Riehl opened the run with a man-up goal, before A.J. Kucinski scored with a spin move. Frank Cosolito and Michael McCormack followed for the Panthers before Bates scored the final three goals of the first half to lead 5-4 at the intermission.
Trailing 5-4 early in the third quarter, Riehl struck for a pair of goals to put his team on top. The first goal came in transition before he split a pair of defenders at the 12:08 mark. Matt Chlastwa broke up the run for Bates, converting a cross-crease pass from Andrew Small at the 11:33 mark to tie the game at 6-6.
Riehl again had the answer, converting a dish from Kucinski before John Jackson struck 13 seconds later after winning a faceoff for a 8-6 lead. Bates scored two of the final three goals of the quarter and trailed 9-8 heading into the final 15 minutes.
McCormack scored a man-up goal for the Panthers just 17 second into the fourth quarter with a rising shot from the right side to make it a 10-8 game. Just 1:42 later, Chase Goree also scored with a player advantage, converting a shot pass on the right side from McCormack. That score held for nearly 10 minutes before Clark Jones of Bates scored with 3:44 remaining, cutting the deficit to 11-9. The Bobcats added a goal with 34 seconds left, but Jackson won the ensuing faceoff and the Panthers ran out the clock.
Riehl's four goals paced Middlebury, while McCormack scored two with two assists. Kucinski added a goal and two assists, while Riehl earned a team-high three caused turnovers. Eric Rogers paced the defense with eight ground balls, McCormack added five, while Jackson won 10-24 faceoffs. Charles Midgley made 16 stops in the Panther goal.
Chlastawa scored four goals and three assists to lead Bates, while Max Breschi added two goals and one helper. Eli Cooper's six ground balls led the team, while Rocco Fantoni earned a team-best three caused turnovers. Rob Strain made 15 stops in goal for the Bobcats.