Middlebury vs. Connecticut College
March 21, 2009
The Game Story:
Trailing 4-3 in the second quarter, Middlebury went on a 6-0 run en route to an 11-8 NESCAC victory over Conn. College on Saturday at Alumni Stadium. During the run, the Panthers (3-1, 2-1 in NESCAC) held the Camels (2-4, 0-3) scoreless for nearly half the game. Middlebury, ranked 10th in the nation, will travel south to meet Washington and Lee for a contest on Tuesday. The game will be played at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The Camels return to action on Wednesday, hosting Babson in a non-league game.

Conn. College struck first when Mark Mangano, cutting to his right, scored at the 5:16 mark in the first quarter. The Camels zone defense held the Panthers at bay until Tom Petty scored his first of his game-high four goals with 3:52 remaining. Matt Ferrer gave Middlebury their first lead with 1:42 left, collecting a pass from Matt Virtue on the doorstep for the point blank tally. Panther netminder Pete Britt made an acrobatic stop on a man-up shot by a Conn. attackman from close range, preserving Middlebury’s 2-1 lead in the waning seconds of the first.

After another impressive in-close save by Britt on another man-down opportunity, the Camels finally tied the game at two apiece. Steve Dachille grabbed a groundball and raced in for a transition goal with 12:32 remaining, knotting the game at two all. Ferrer answered less than a minute later for the Panthers, converting off a Conn. College turnover before the Camels got back-to-back goals from Ben Eischen and Ryan Hayes for their 4-3 lead with 9:00 remaining in the second.

Middlebury began their six-goal run when Petty, standing right in front of Camel goalie Mark Moran, faked a high shot and slipped a low one past Moran for the equalizer with 6:44 left. David Hild netted back-to-back scores before Stone added another in the final minute of the half for a 7-4 lead at intermission. Petty added a pair of goals to cap the run in the third quarter, including a driving bounce shot at the 3:21 mark for a 9-4 advantage. Petty’s final tally forced the Camels out of their zone into a man-to-man defense for the remainder of the game.

Conn. College ended a 28:30 scoreless drought when defenseman Kevin Ford scored a transition goal at the 10:30 mark in the fourth quarter. Skyler Hopkins sandwiched a pair of Panther goals around Dachille’s second goal of the game later in the fourth, extending Middlebury’s lead to 11-6 with 5:15 remaining in the game. The Camels scored the final two goals of the game, including a man-down goal by defenseman Will Schuman with 38 seconds on the clock, ending the scoring at 11-8 in favor of the home standing Panthers.

Petty led all scorers with four goals as Hild chipped in a pair with an assist. Hopkins and Ferrer added two goals apiece as Virtue assisted on two more for Middlebury. Dachille and Eischen each scored a pair of goals for Conn. College, while Ryan Hayes scored one and assisted on another. Britt earned the win for Middlebury, stopping seven shots and allowing eight goals, while Moran suffered the loss, making 15 saves and allowing 11 goals in net for the Camels.