Late Six-Goal Surge Propels Middlebury Past Hamilton

Middlebury scored six-straight second-half goals, pulling away from Hamilton for a 12-6 NESCAC road victory. The Panthers, winners of three of its last four games, improve to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in NESCAC action. Middlebury returns to action Saturday afternoon when it hosts Bates at Alumni Stadium on Youngman Field.

Hamilton’s Paul Armideo scored the first two goals of the game, putting the hosts up 2-1 midway through the opening quarter. Middlebury rallied for a 4-2 lead at intermission, scoring three times in the final 2:41 of the second quarter. The Panthers found the back of the net twice in the final 32 seconds. Jack Rautiola scored his 11th goal of the year to start the rally, later setting-up a goal by Stephen Seymour with five seconds left in the half. Seymour’s goal came 27 seconds after Jon Broome’s first tally of the game.

Trailing 5-2 in the third quarter, the Continentals (3-7, 0-6) scored three-straight goals and pulled even at 5-5 with 5:16 remaining. John Zimmerman had a hand in all three, scoring the first two and assisting on the third.

Brian Ayers started the decisive six-goal run for the Panthers with a tally at the 1:00 mark of the third, as the visitors broke the game open with five more to start the fourth quarter. Broome keyed the run setting up four goals and scoring the final goal off a Rautiola feed at 7:13 for an 11-5 advantage. The teams later exchanged goals for the final six-goal difference.

Broome led the Panthers with six points, contributing two goals and four assists while grabbing six ground balls. Rautiola added three assists and a goal, while Seymour added two goals and two helpers. Jack Cleary netted a hat trick, while Nate Gaudio played 57:27 in net making 10 saves to earn the win for the Panthers. Gabe Weissmann logged the final 2:33.

Middlebury at one point held Hamilton scoreless over a span of 25:10, including the entire second quarter. Cal Williams picked up a game-best seven ground balls, as Tim Giarrusso and Darric White contributed five apiece. As a team, the Panthers held a 33-24 ground ball advantage. Harrison Goodkind caused two turnovers and won 11 of 18 face-offs.

Zimmerman finished with two goals and an assist for Hamilton, while Armideo netted a pair of goals. Trip Connors paced the Continentals with five ground balls, while Sellers Garrett caused a pair of turnovers.

Will Driscoll was credited with nine stops in goal for the hosts.