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Panther men’s lacrosse upsets Amherst

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College men’s lacrosse used a strong zone defense and 14 saves from goalie Nate Gaudio to knock off visiting Amherst on Saturday, 8-7.
The Jeffs, who had been ranked No. 18 in NCAA Division III and were averaging more than 15 goals a game, dropped to 6-2, 2-2 in NESCAC play. The Panthers improved to 3-5 and 2-2 with the second consecutive league win. They have faced five ranked opponents in their first eight games.
Middlebury was set to travel to Hamilton on Wednesday before visiting Trinity on Saturday.
On this past Saturday, Jack Rautiola opened the game with a goal for Middlebury. The Jeffs’ Quinn Moroney set up two tallies for a 2-1 Amherst lead, but Rautiola’s second goal made it 2-2 after one period. 
The Panthers took a 4-2 lead in the second quarter on scores by Stephen Seymour and Taylor Pirie before Moroney assisted another Jeff score. Goals by Seymour, on one of Brian Ayers’ two assists, and Jon Broome made it 6-3 before Amherst capped the first-half scoring with 20.9 seconds to go.
After intermission, Kane Haffey converted two more Moroney feeds to knot the score at 6-6 after three periods.
Broome gave the hosts a 7-6 fourth-quarter lead at 12:00 on a feed from George Curtis after he scooped up a groundball. Amherst tied the game at 8:18, when Moroney faked a feed and put a point-blank shot past Gaudio.
The Panthers took the lead for good at 7:22 after forcing another Amherst turnover. Darric White set up the game-winner, feeding Rautiola for a transition goal.
Amherst goalie Greg Majno made seven saves.

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