Men’s lax team snaps skid, tops Cardinals

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team scored 10 straight mid-game goals on Tuesday, including all eight goals recorded in the second quarter, to defeat visiting Plattsburgh State, 17-10.
Middlebury, which snapped a three-game skid to improve to 3-3 and is now ranked No. 16 in NCAA Division III, will host NESCAC opponent Bowdoin at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Plattsburgh State dropped to 4-2.
The Cardinals led, 3-2, after the first quarter, with Joey Zelkowitz and Jon Simms scoring for Middlebury.
Harry Giarrusso started the Panther second-quarter run at 4:22, and Frank Cosolito followed with his first collegiate goal. Henry Riehl recorded the next three tallies, and Parker Lawlor, Jake Schneider and Jack Gould closed out the quarter with strikes to make it 10-3 at the half.
Middlebury added the first two goals in first 33 seconds of the third quarter, courtesy of Riehl and A.J. Kucinski. The closest the Cardinals came the rest of the way was at 15-10 in the fourth quarter. 
Riehl led the Panthers with four goals and one assist, while Zelkowitz, Kucinski and Gould each finished with two goals and two assists. Jake Madnick and John Jackson each scooped seven ground balls and dominated faceoffs: Jackson won 14 of 15, while Madnick won 11 of 13.
In goal for Middlebury, Will Ernst played the opening half with five saves, while Will Perry had six stops in the second half. Plattsburgh’s Donald Tesoriero made nine saves in the first half, while Austin Graham recorded seven saves in the second half.
Jake Carroll paced the Cardinals with five goals, while Mike Gay scored once and had four assists. Middlebury earned advantages of 55-34 in shots and 52-31 in ground balls.

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