Bowdoin vs. Middlebury
March 22, 2008
The Game Story:
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Junior Mike Stone scored five goals, including the
game-winner in double-overtime, to lead the Middlebury men's lacrosse
team to a 12-11 comeback victory over Bowdoin on Saturday in Brunswick.
The Panthers (4-0, 3-0 NESCAC) are ranked 11th in the latest USILA poll
as Bowdoin drops their second straight contest to fall to 3-2 overall
(1-1 NESCAC).

Bowdoin scored the first three goals of the game to grab an early
advantage in the opening 9:25. The Panthers answered with a two-goal
spurt to end the quarter and opened the second period with three tallies
in a 4:36 span to take the lead. Bowdoin was able to trim the lead with
a Rob Halliday goal one second before the half, giving Middlebury a 5-4
edge at the break.

Bowdoin dominated the third quarter, holding a 13-6 edge in shots and
scored five straight times to take a four-goal lead. Rob Halliday and
Cullen Winkler both scored twice in the run, as the Polar Bears held a
9-5 lead with 4:26 remaining in the frame. The teams traded late
third-period tallies to make it 10-6 Bowdoin entering the fourth.

Just as Bowdoin had dominated the third period, Middlebury responded
with a controlling fourth quarter. After the teams swapped goals to open
the stanza, making it 11-7 Bowdoin with 13:30 to play, the Panthers
would not allow another Polar Bear goal for the remainder of the
afternoon. Meanwhile, Middlebury scored four times in the final 8:20-
including a pair from Stone- to deadlock the contest with 2:41 remaining
on a goal from Frank Granara. Tom Petty had a chance to win it for
Middlebury in regulation, but a shot from the point banged off the
crossbar, sending the game to overtime.

Bowdoin had the best chance in the opening overtime session, as Rob
Halliday's left-handed rocket bounced off the post. Neither team could
find the game-winner in the opening extra session and the game went into
a second overtime frame.

With under a 10 seconds to play in the second OT, Middlebury's Pete
Smith controlled the ball on the right wing and found the stick of
Stone, who was streaking down the middle towards the goal. Stone
unleashed a low one-timer that bounced into the net with two seconds
remaining, giving the Panthers the win.

Peter Britt made 14 saves in goal for Middlebury while Alex Gluck
stopped five shots in the opening half for Bowdoin. Gordon Convery made
11 saves in the second half and overtime for the Polar Bears.

Stone finished with a game-high five goals and one assist while Smith
posted a goal and three helpers for Middlebury. Granara also found the
back of the net twice. Rob Halliday led Bowdoin with four goals while
Winkler had two and an assist. Max Key dominated the face-off circle for
the Polar Bears, winning 22 of 26 tries.