| MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury held Amherst scoreless for the
game's final 28:25 on its way to a 7-2 win in the NESCAC Semifinals. The
Panthers will take on the winner of the Wesleyan/Tufts game in the
NESCAC Championship at noon on Sunday.
Middlebury took a 1-0 lead at 10:42 as Mark Foster scored with a
nice feed from Mike Saraceni in transition. Amherst tied the game at
5:38 with a goal from Colby Griffith. The Panthers answered just 18
seconds later as Peter Mellen won the face-off and found Saraceni before
he returned the pass for Mellen's goal. The lead grew to 3-1 with a
man-up goal at 7:31 of the second quarter as Charley Howe converted a
feed from Andrew Giordano. Amherst was held scoreless in the second
quarter, leaving the Panthers with a 3-1 halftime lead.
The Jeff scored just 1:35 into the second half to cut the lead
to 3-2 on a goal from Derek Cherney with a nice dish from Colby
Griffith. That would be Amherst's final goal of the game as Middlebury
held them scoreless for the final 28:25. Middlebury began its decisive
4-0 run at the 12-minute mark of the third quarter with a goal from
Giordano. A great stop from Middlebury goalkeeper Eric Krieger led to a
goal from Howe at 8:26, giving Middlebury a 5-2 lead. David Leach found
the back of the net at 6:42, before Ben Tobey scored the game's final
goal at 3:07 to give Middlebury the 7-2 win.
Krieger ended the day with 10 saves, while Cushing Donelan was
stellar for Amherst, making a dozen saves on the afternoon.