March 22, 2014

Middlebury Defense Puts Clamps Down on Bowdoin

The Middlebury men's lacrosse team held host Bowdoin scoreless for a stretch of 41:18, and pulled away for a 10-4 road win Saturday afternoon at a snowy Ryan Field. The Panthers stay on the road for a neutral-site game Tuesday at Brown against Endicott at 5:00 p.m.

Middlebury earned its first NESCAC win of the season (2-4, 1-3), while the Polar Bears (5-2, 3-1) drop their first conference game.

Middlebury goaltender Nate Gaudio tied a season-high with 19 saves. He turned away all nine he faced in the second and third quarters as the Panthers went on their decisive run. After Bowdoin took the lead on a Dan Hanley goal with 6:11 left in the opening period, the Panther defense locked down the hosts until 12:31 remained on the fourth-quarter clock.

Meanwhile, the Panthers rolled off nine-straight goals, including two apiece from Jon Broome, Tim Giarrusso and Stephen Seymour. After Broome put home his second goal of the game toward the end of the third quarter, Middlebury carried a 9-1 advantage into the final frame.

Back-to-back goals from Bowdoin's Franklin Reis cut into the Panther lead. The Polar Bears drew to within five at 9-4 following a Peter Reuter marker with 2:53 on the clock, but the rally proved too late. Taylor Pirie sealed the win for Middlebury with a goal at 31 seconds to round out the scoring.

Connor Laughlin made 12 saves in the loss for Bowdoin. Reuter had two assists to go with his goal while Rob Talcott won 11 of 18 faceoffs for the Polar Bears. Ben Brewster had three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Harrison Goodkind led the Panther defense with a pair of caused turnovers and two ground balls. Jack DeFrino finished with four ground balls as Middlebury held a 25-17 advantage for the contest.