Connecticut College 8, #5 Middlebury College 7
Camels Outlast Panthers in NESCAC Battle of Undefeated Teams
NEW LONDON, Conn.--John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) buried a shot from the left side of the box with 2:48 remaining to lift Connecticut College (6-0, 3-0) to an 8-7 victory against fifth ranked Middlebury College (4-1, 2-1) in a grueling battle between undefeated NESCAC rivals on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Saturday.
Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) led all scorers with three goals in the triumph. Ryan Hayes (Darien, Conn.) chipped in with a goal and an assist and Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) made 15 saves in the victory for Connecticut College. Connecticut College Head Men´s Lacrosse Coach Dave Cornell was pleased with the team´s performance but is cognizant of the challenges that lie ahead in a tough schedule.
"We have a selfless team," Cornell said. "We understand that we are not playing for ourselves. We have guys on this team that do not want to let their teammates down. I was pleased with our freshmen play this afternoon. Those guys played with poise. They were not intimidated. They just went out and played hard. But right now, we´re turning our attention toward our next opponent, Keene State.
Senior Pete Smith (Wilton, Conn.) had two goals and one assist in the setback for the Panthers. Sophomore Alex Englert (Wellesley, Mass.) scored twice while classmate Jack Balaban (Washington, D.C.) contributed with a goal and an assist for Middlebury. Junior net-minder Ryan Deane (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) stopped seven shots in the contest.
The Panthers vaulted their way out to a 3-1 lead after one and maintained a 5-3 advantage after Balaban corralled a ground ball and assisted Smith on a score with 5:11 remaining in the first half. But with 15 seconds remaining in the half, Eicher scored a critical goal to pull the Camels to within one and the visitors were clinging to a 5-4 lead at the break.
Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) scored the first goal of the second half, the 96th of his career, on a feed from Hayes with 6:32 to go. Moments later, Hayes collected a ground ball of the faceoff and drove to the cage for score that put the Camels on top 6-5. Middlebury responded though, tying the score on a goal from Andrew Conner (Alexandria, Va.) with 3:39 remaining and the teams headed into the fourth quarter locked up in a 6-6 tie.
Doran made a nifty looking move, splitting a pair of defenders to beat Deane at the left post side of the cage for a goal with 8:11 remaining. With 3:43 to go, Middlebury forced the fourth and final tie of the contest when Englert scored from the left side of the box on an assist Hild.
Lyons found some shooting space on the perimeter and put the Camels on top for good with 2:48 remaining. The Camels were victorious in 13 of the 19 face-offs in the victory. Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) was 10-of-12 on the face with four ground balls. Will Schumann (East Hampton, N.Y.) contributed four ground balls on the defensive side of the ball. Pete Smith had five ground balls to lead the visitors.
March 27, 2010