Middlebury vs. Bowdoin
April 16, 2005
The Game Story:
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Dave Leach scored with 1:47 left in overtime
to lift Middlebury past Bowdoin at Alumni Stadium. The game-winner was
set up by a ground ball picked up by Leach, who ran past a Polar Bear
defender and snapped a hard, low one-hopper that found the back of the
net to end a back-and-forth game between two nationally ranked teams.
Middlebury is ranked fifth in the latest Division III poll while Bowdoin
is ranked 12th.
Today's game was the first at Alumni Stadium since the Panthers
played a NCAA semifinal game last May. The Polar Bears looked
comfortable on the grass surface tallying the game's first goal when
Alex Weaver scored from in close on a man-up advantage. The Panthers
took a 2-1 advantage later in the quarter, before Bowdoin's Connor
Fitzgerald scored two of his game high six goals, to give the Polar
Bears a 3-2 lead after one quarter. The second quarter had only one
goal, a game-tying shot by Middlebury's Jamie Duke with 6:10 on the
Bowdoin took an early lead in the third when Fitzgerald struck
again at the 14:05 mark. Middlebury fought back to tie it at four when
Aaron Herter dodged right and snuck a shot in under the crossbar.
Fitzgerald picked up the ensuing ground ball from the face-off and ran
in uncontested for the go-ahead goal just 14 seconds later. Ford Baker
added to the Polar Bear lead at the 6:37 mark of the third quarter to
give Bowdoin a 6-4 lead. The Panthers then went on a three-goal run to
take a 7-6 lead. The final goal of the third quarter was set up by
Fitzgerald when he found Phil Stern on the door step with just 10
seconds left in the quarter to tie the game at seven.
Bowdoin struck twice to start the fourth quarter as Fitzgerald
and Andy Nelson scored to build a two-goal lead at 9-7. The Panthers
scored the next three goals to reclaim the lead. Jonathan Sisto scored
on a man-up while Nick Bastis scored on a man-down for Middlebury to tie
the game. Meyer scored the final goal to make the score 10-9 with 5:43
left in regulation. With just over two minutes in the game, the Polar
Bears had a two-man advantage and the ball. As the second penalty ended
at 1:02, Fitzgerald scored his sixth goal of the game to tie it at 10 to
force overtime.
Three Panthers, Herter, Duke, and Meyer led Middlebury with two
goals apiece, while Jim Cabrera had three assists. Fitzgerald had six
goals and three assists and Kevin Mullins added three assists for
Bowdoin. Alex Palmisano made 10 saves in goal to earn the win, while
Charlie Legg made 15 saves for the Polar Bears.