Amherst vs. Middlebury
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
Middlebury remained undefeated on the season as the men’s lacrosse team picked up a 15-13 road win at Amherst. The Jeffs trailed 10-4 at the half, but closed to within a single goal of tying the game before falling in regulation to the undefeated Panthers.

The 8-0 Panthers scored the game’s first goal in less than one minute of play on a nice finish by Matt Ferrer, off a Rory Sanborn feed. Amherst responded with a pair of goals and led 2-1. Middlebury took over for the remainder of the first quarter, and the first five minutes of the second frame. The Panthers rattled off seven consecutive goals to take a commanding 8-2 lead. During the stretch, the Panthers’ Tom Petty scored three straight goals, en route to six on the day. The two sides traded a pair of scores to close the half with Amherst trailing 10-4.

Petty started off the second half scoring with his fourth of the day, just 1:01 into the third quarter, as Amherst looked as though they were in for another long half. The Lord Jeffs flipped a switch after an unassisted score from Alex Miller answered. Miller came off the bench, and beat his man before scoring in traffic on his first shot of the game.

From the 9:41 mark of the third quarter to the 11:16 point in the fourth, the Lord Jeffs scored six straight goals to close the gap to 11-10. During the stretch, Ferrer scored his second of the day, while Tom McDonnell hit on a pair of shots.

Just 14 seconds after the a failed man-up for Amherst, Middlebury’s Alex Giammarco scored an unassisted goal to end the Amherst streak. The Panther’s rolled off another two consecutive scores to push the lead up to 14-10.

Amherst scored three of the final four goals of the game, including a pair in the final 50 seconds, but ran out of time for their comeback effort.

Ferrer, McDonnell and T.J. Jackson each had a hat trick for Amherst, while Matt Pietroforte made nine saves in the loss for Amherst.

Middlebury was paced by Petty’s six goals and an assist, while a trio of teammates scored a pair of goals. Peter Britt ended the day with 13 saves in the cage for the Panthers.