| MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Second-ranked Middlebury survived a battle
with Amherst on Kohn Field as the Panthers came away with a 7-6 win in a
back-and-forth contest. Middlebury improves to 8-0, while Amherst falls
to 6-2 on the season.
Amherst trailed 2-1 before Derek's Cherney's man-up goal and
Stephen Williams' tally just 12 seconds later gave them a 3-2 lead at
the 5:34 mark. The lead grew to 4-2 at the end of the quarter before
Middlebury exploded for four second period goals. Mike Saraceni was in
on three of the tallies, scoring the first and third and assisting on
Charley Howe's goal with 1:33 left in the half to make it a 6-4 game at
Amherst cut the lead to one just 1:38 into the third quarter
with a low snap shot from Cherney. The Jeffs tied the game late in the
quarter as Cherney found Alex Casertano before he ripped a shot into the
net to make it 6-6 with 3:14 left in the quarter. The game remained tied
into the fourth quarter, where Middlebury's Eric Krieger made some huge
saves to keep the game tied. A pair of nice saves came on two Amherst
man-up opportunities at the 10:03 and 8:50 marks of the quarter. Cushing
Donelan answered the saves at the 6:00 mark as he stopped Howe with a
chest save. With just over four minutes to play Tom O'Connor poked the
ball away from an Amherst attacker, giving Middlebury a transition
opportunity. Dave Leach found Mark Foster on the left side before he
made two nice fakes and buried the game-winner with 4:03 left to play.
Amherst had one last chance late in the game, but Chris Hahm's shot hit
the side of the net with five seconds left to play.
Foster, Howe and Saraceni led the Middlebury offense with two
goals apiece, while Cherney netted a pair for Amherst. Krieger made 13
stops on the day, while Cherney earned 14 saves.