Middlebury vs. Trinity (ct)
April 12, 2008
The Game Story:
Middlebury dropped its first game of the season 6-5 to Trinity Saturday afternoon. The third-seeded Panthers (9-1, 6-1 NESCAC) own a 19-3 series lead over the Bantams, but have lost the last two, including last seasonís 11-10 double-overtime thriller in Hartford, Connecticut. Middlebury out-shot Trinity 40-25 on the day, but were but were held in check by Bantam defense.

The Panthers got on the board less than a minute into the game when Jim Cabrera drilled a low shot past Alex Palma for a 1-0 lead at the 14:13 mark. Trinity answered on a shot by Zachary Trudeau, who rolled in from behind the cage for the equalizer with 12:54 left. Middlebury took its second lead of the game at 11:39 on a transition goal by Tom Petty. The Bantams regained the lead later in the first with goals by Rob Mountain and Harper Cullen for a 3-2 advantage after one quarter. Neither team scored in the second, as Trinity took their 3-2 lead into halftime.

Matt Ferrer tied the game a three apiece off a feed from Pete Smith at the 10:25 mark in the third. The Bantams responded with a pair of goals a few minutes later when Cullen tallied a man-up goal with 6:24 on the clock. Connor Wells won the ensuing face-off and raced down for the go-ahead goal just 14 seconds later. Ferrer cut it to 5-4 at the 5:03 mark for the Panthers, catching a pass from Mike Stone in front of the net and dodged to the right side for the score.

Trinity built the lead back up to two in the fourth when Cullen struck again, scoring from the right side for a 6-4 lead with 8:23 left in the game. Smith cut the deficit to 6-5 for Middlebury with 7:10 remaining on a man-up goal. With the Bantams trying to clear, he scooped up a ground ball and fired a quick shot into the net.

Palma made five of his 17 saves down the stretch, including a shot by Cabrera with less than 20 seconds on the clock. The Panthers maintained possession, but the potential game-tying shot by Stone sailed wide.

Ferrer paced Middlebury with two goals, as Pete Smith added a goal and an assist. Cullenís game-high three goals paced the Bantams, while Trudeau added one goal and an assist. Pete Britt stopped eight shots and allowed six goals for the Panthers. Palma made 17 saves and gave up five goals for Trinity.