No. 11 Middlebury Defeats No. 14 Trinity
from press release
HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior David Hild scored four goals to lead visiting Middlebury over Trinity 12-8 NESCAC men's lacrosse action this afternoon on Jesse/Miller Field. Trinity, ranked No. 5 in New England and No. 14 in the nation, falls to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the NESCAC with its second loss in a row, while the Panthers, ranked No. 3 in New England and No. 11 nationally, improves to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the league with its third consecutive victory.
Middlebury scored four times in a row in the fourth quarter to break open an 8-7 game, after Bantam sophomore midfielder Stephen Manning had pulled Trinity to within one goal at 8-7 with a rocket from 15 yards away on the right wing with 10:28 in the game.
Middlebury sophomore defenseman Billy Chapman answered with the first goal in the 4-0 spurt 15 seconds later, converting on an assist by classmate Mike Giordano after the Panthers had stolen the ball from Trinity following the faceoff. Panther junior middie Alex Englert and Hild added insurance tallies before the teams traded meaningless goals in the final minute.
Trinity opened the scoring almost eight minutes into the game on a diving drop-in behind his head by senior captain defenseman Ted Basco, but Hild tallied twice in a 32-second stretch to give Middlebury the lead for good with 4:03 remaining in the first quarter. The Bantams stayed within a goal or two until they fell behind, 7-4, and, 8-5, late in the third frame, but a one-timer by senior attackman Greg Brennan from sophomore attackman Jeff Hebert and Manning's goal made it a one-point game.
Trinity sophomores Nick Shaheen and Jeff Ratiola recorded a goal and an assist apiece, while Manning picked up a team-high four ground balls, and junior goalie Peter Johnson made nine saves. Middlebury outshot Trinity, 38-28, and won 16 of the 23 face-offs, including 12 of 18 by sophomore Brian Foster.
Panther senior midfielder Andrew Conner notched three goals and one assist, while Cahill scored twice, and Giordano had a goal and an assist. Chapman scooped a game-high six ground balls and senior co-captain goalkeeper Ryan Deane made seven saves and added four ground balls for Middlebury.