Middlebury vs. Connecticut College
March 18, 2007
The Game Story:
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury began its defense of their
NESCAC title with a 10-9 victory over Conn. College at Kohn Field. The
game was postponed one day due to inclement weather. Thanks in large
part to Middlebury's ground crew and support staff, who worked
diligently to clear the field right up to the opening face-off, the game
started on time. The Panthers return to action with a non-conference
home game against Springfield College on Wednesday while the Camels of
Conn. College face-off against NESCAC rival Williams College on
Saturday.

Conn. College opened the scoring in the first quarter with a
man-up goal by Kevin Nally at the 12:45 mark. The Panthers responded
with a goal just over a minute later when Jim Cabrera's shot pinged in
off the near pipe to make it a 1-1 game with 11:22 left in the first.
The Camels' Sean Driscoll was involved with the next three goals as he
scored one and assisted on two others. The first two goals gave Conn.
College a 3-1 lead after the first quarter.

The third goal opened the scoring in the second quarter as Matt Flanagan
netted his first of his three goals on the day off an assist from
Driscoll to build a 4-1 advantage with 12:04 remaining. The Panthers
would answer that run with the next five goals of the quarter. Cabrera
scored two goals and assisted on another to give Middlebury a 6-4 lead
at halftime.

Middlebury increased their lead to 7-4 with 13:55 left in the third
quarter when Tom Petty's wrap-around shot from the left side got past
Camel goalie Mark Moran. After nearly a 15-minute scoreless drought, the
Camels fired back with a score at the 12:13 mark, cutting the Middlebury
lead to 7-5. Two more goals by Conn. College tied the game at seven
apiece with 4:10 left in the third. The teams would trade goals in the
final minutes of the third to set up an exciting fourth quarter.

At the 7:14 mark in the fourth, the tie was broken by Middlebury when
Petty netted the go-ahead goal. Just over a minute later the Panthers
would make the score 10-8 as face-off specialist Peter Mellen put a deke
move on the Camels' defense and slid a shot in from 15 yards out. Conn.
College would cut the lead to 10-9 with 2:25 left when Steve Dachille
scored from point blank range off a spectacular feed from Flanagan.
Middlebury held on to the ball after the face-off for nearly two minutes
deep in Camel territory. With under a minute to play, Conn. College took
control of the ball. Middlebury maintained fierce defensive pressure on
Conn. College as the Camels positioned for the final, game-tying shot.
With just three seconds left in the game Conn. College's Craig Audin
took a low shot from 15 yards out that Panther goalie Alex Palmisano
kick-saved to preserve the Middlebury victory 10-9.

Cabrera and Petty led Middlebury with three goals and an assist each.
Flanagan scored three goals and had two assists for Conn. College while
Dachille netted three more as Driscoll scored one and assisted on three.
Palmisano made 11 saves in goal for the Panthers, while Moran made 17
stops for the Camels in defeat.