The Middlebury men's lacrosse team led 12-3, and held off a ferocious comeback by #11 St. Lawrence (2-1) for a 12-11 victory. The win was the third straight one-goal decision between the teams. Middlebury (2-1) is back in action on Saturday when they travel to #2 Wesleyan for a 2:00 p.m. start, while St. Lawrence will entertain Vassar College on the same day at 1:00 p.m.
Middlebury got off to a quick start, scoring just 35 seconds into the game when Parker Lawlor found the back of the net. The Panthers did not let up, notching the game's next three goals in a span of 43 seconds beginning at the 9:47 mark. After Frank Cosolito sparked the spurt, John Jackson won the ensuing faceoff and rocketed the ball past St. Lawrence goalie Alex Terry. Henry Riehl capped the three-goal run with a shot from the right side, 10 yards out.
Middlebury tacked on the first two goals of the second quarter, making it 6-0, before the Saints responded with 3:07 remaining. St. Lawrence took advantage of a Middlebury turnover, before Conor Caffrey scored on a dish from Steven Peterson to make it 6-1. With 20 seconds remaining in the half, Panther A.J. Kucinski converted a feed from Danny Jacobs, taking a 7-1 lead into the intermission.
Out of the break, the Panthers extended their lead to 9-1 with goals from Michael McCormack and Will Brossman over the initial 2:10 of the third quarter. The Saints responded with back-to-back goals, cutting the deficit to 9-3. Caffrey struck first for St. Lawrence, before Jordan Dow converted a dish from Patrick Holland in transition with 10:51 remaining. Middlebury answered with a quick pair of goals from McCormack, the second one coming in a man-up situation.
Panther Laurence Jackson later caused a turnover, before feeding defender Eric Rogers for a goal, giving Middlebury a 12-3 advantage with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter. Dow answered for St. Lawrence on a man-up opportunity, scoring the first of eight-consecutive goals.
In the fourth quarter, Mike Donnelly scored a man-up goal before, Caffrey made it a 12-6 game with 11:24 remaining. Caffrey then found Peterson, before Peterson connected with Cal Hynson for a man-up tally, making it 12-8. Dow converted off a rebound, following a caused turnover on the defensive end from Sam Sweeney. Mike Donnelly brought the Saints within two (12-10) at the 3:17 mark, before Dow made it a one-goal game with 1:24 remaining. Jackson won the ensuing faceoff, as the Panthers ran out the clock for the victory.
McCormack led the Panthers with three goals, while Jacobs netted one and had one assist. Jackson won 10-14 face-offs in the game with six ground balls, while Jake Madnick won 8-10 and picked up seven rollers. Charles Midgley made 16 saves in goal to pick up the victory.
Dow led all scorers with four tallies and assisted on one other for St. Lawrence, while Caffrey netted three, to go along with two helpers. Donnelly chipped in with two goals, while Sweeney picked up eight ground balls and Sam Boehle caused three turnovers. Terry made seven saves in 40:08 of action for the Saints, while Matty Corbelle recorded one save with no goals allowed in the game's final 19:52.