MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – David Hild scored a career-best
six goals to lead Middlebury past Bates 14-6 at Kohn Field on
Saturday. With the season-opening win, the seventh-ranked Panthers
own a 1-0 overall record and a 1-0 NESCAC mark, while Bates evens
their record at 2-2, falling to 0-1 in conference play. This is the
24th match-up of the two schools, as Middlebury holds a sparking
24-0 record over the Bobcats.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as Erich Pfeffer's
man-up tally at 10:21, bookended a pair of Hild scores. Bates
answered when Kyle Starr swept across the top for a lefty tally at
4:41, before Hild notched a first quarter hat trick with 36 seconds
left in the quarter.
Hild added his fourth off a face-off win by Brian Foster to start
the second quarter, as Andrew Connor scored at 12:52 for a 6-1
The Bobcats cut the lead to 6-2 a minute later on a man-up shot by
Rory Cosgrove before Middlebury ended the quarter on a three-goal
run. Hild again bookended a three-goal surge with tallies at 9:23
and 2:47, while Mike Giordano scored a transition goal at 3:42 off
a feed from Alex Englert.
Leading 9-2 to start the third quarter, both teams exchanged goals
before the Panthers added a pair, building their largest lead of
the game at 12-3. Tim Cahill scored on a two-man advantage off an
assist from Giordano at 10:09, while Alex Giammarco scored 12
seconds later on a bounce shot. Bates rallied with a three-goal
counterpunch, as Luke Charest collected an assist on all three
goals, including the final tally by Dan Hines at 11:03 in the
fourth quarter. Trailing 12-6, the Bobcats could not get any closer
as Middlebury added the final two goals of the game to close out
Hild led all scorers with his career-high six goals and one
Giordano dished out a team-best three assists and scored one goal,
while Tim Cahill added two goals and an assist for the Panthers.
Seven Bobcats scored one goal apiece, while Charest added a
team-high three assists.
Panther goalie Ryan Deane was extremely active in net, making 14
saves, allowing six goals, as he nabbed a game-high nine ground
balls. Bates goalie Adam Scharff made seven saves in defeat,
allowing all 14 goals.