Middlebury and Colby each scored in the opening half, as the two teams finished in a 1-1 double-overtime tie in a NESCAC contest on Saturday. The No. 20 Panthers (6-1-4, 2-1-4) return to action on Tuesday, hosting Worcester Polytechnic Institute at 1:30 p.m., while the Mules (5-4-3, 1-4-2) entertain Amherst next Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
The Panthers opened the scoring 5:11 into the contest, when Drew Goulart headed in a cross by Brandon Reid for his team-leading third tally of the season. The Mules countered in the 19th minute, as Asa Berolzheimer buried a direct kick from the top of the penalty box into the upper-right corner of the net.
The teams played a very defensive-minded second half, with the Panthers getting the best scoring opportunity in the final minutes. After a Colby foul at the top of the box, Middlebury's Ben Potter hooked a shot around the wall that keeper Stanley Clarke made a diving save to his left on.
Middlebury forced Clarke to make a pair of saves early in the first 10-minute overtime period, before a header at the left post by Potter went just wide.
In the second extra session, the visitors had the lone shot, as the teams each picked up a point in the conference standings with the tie.
Middlebury goalie Ryan Grady finished with four saves, while Clarke had seven stops for the Mules. The hosts held a 14-8 advantage in shots and took 10-12 corner kicks.
The match served as the annual Michael P. Russell Memorial Cup contest. This cup was established in memory of Michael Russell, who graduated from Middlebury in 1998. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 36, leaving behind a wife and two daughters. Michael had siblings attend both Middlebury (Steve) and Colby (Chris), thus setting up the annual contest between the schools.