|MEDFORD ^Ö Three-time defending Division III National Champion Middlebury
College defeated Tufts University 12-7 this afternoon in a key NESCAC
match-up in Medford. The Panthers (7-1) scored nine second half goals to
secure the win and remain unbeaten at 4-0 in conference play. The Jumbos
(5-2) suffered their first loss in the conference, falling to 2-1.
The first half saw some sloppy play on both sides as the players had to
deal with a wet field and cold conditions. The Jumbos, however, were
able to take an early lead on the field they had shoveled clear the day
before, taking a 4-3 lead into the half. Sophomore David Taylor (Burke,
VA) scored twice for Tufts in the first 30.
Tufts took a 6-4 lead six minutes into the second half on a goal by
senior Chris Kollar (Middle Island, NY). The Panthers then took over,
scoring five third period goals (four straight) with freshman Jonathan
Sisto (Duxbury, MA) recording a goal and an assist during the run. They
went on to score nine for the half while holding the Jumbos to only
three second-half goals, including none in the final quarter.
Middlebury was paced by sophomore Dave Leach (New Cannan, CT), who led
the Panthers with a hat trick all in the second half. Sisto finished
with two goals and two assists. Junior Eric Krieger (Princeton, NJ) made
11 stops in the game for Middlebury to earn the win. Taylor led the
Jumbos with three goals and an assist. Sophomore Luke Chicco (Merrick,
NY) was solid in the Tufts^Ò goal making 19 stops in a losing effort, 12
in the second half.
Both teams continue with NESCAC action this Saturday as the Panthers
host the Bowdoin Polar Bears and the Jumbos welcome the Colby White
Mules to Ellis Oval. Both games are at 1 pm.