Men’s lacrosse splits two games

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team split two home games over the past weekend and stands at 1-2 in the early going. The Panthers will visit NESCAC foe Trinity on Saturday.

This past Friday, the Panthers prevailed in their home opener, 12-10, by rallying past NESCAC adversary Connecticut. The Camels led, 8-6, early in the fourth quarter, but Middlebury outscored them the rest of the way, 6-2.

Middlebury led, 4-2, early in the second quarter, but the Camels scored three straight to lead at the half, 5-4. Jack Sheehan knotted the game for Middlebury in the third period, but Camel goals by Aidan McAvoy and Jared Rainville made it 7-5.

Henry Tarr’s first Panther goal pulled the Panthers within one after three periods, but a McAvoy goal early in the fourth restored the Camels’ two-goal edge with 12:10 to go in the game.

Middlebury responded with a four-goal run over the next 8:20, capped by an 18-yard strike by Sheehan at 3:50. Camel Gus Mazzocca made it 10-9 at 2:38, and Connecticut won the faceoff. But the Panthers forced a turnover and cleared, leading to a Tom Conley strike from close range that put Middlebury back up by two.

The Camels again won the faceoff, and Rainville scored with 30 seconds left. This time Middlebury won the faceoff, and Gray Thomas made it 12-10 at 0:11.

Curtis paced the Panther attack with three goals and four assists. Sheehan scored three times, and Conley added two goals. Andrew Ng caused five turnovers, while William Munroe won seven of 11 faceoffs and collected six ground balls. Panther goalie Finn O’Connor made nine saves in a game moved from Saturday due to the weekend snowstorm.

Rainville finished with four goals and two assists for the Camels, while McAvoy chipped in three scores and an assist. Camel goalie Rice made 15 saves.

On Sunday, visiting Rensselaer improved to 6-0 by besting the Panthers, 14-11. RPI goalie Joseph Perry had a strong game with 23 saves.

The Engineers scored the only three goals in the opening quarter, but the Panthers bounced back to tie the score with three goals in the first 2:53 of the second quarter, with Thomas knotting the game. The game was still tied at 5-5 when Engineer Connor Glosner scored three seconds before halftime.

RPI then outscored the Panthers by 6-2 in the third period to take a five-goal lead into the fourth quarter. The closest Middlebury came down the stretch was at 13-10 on a Will Zink strike with 5:10 to go.

William Ryan led the Panthers with three goals, and Finn Muldoon, Sheehan and Tyler Forbes each scored twice. Luke Simpson scooped six groundballs, Garrett Hawthorne went eight-for-12 on faceoffs, and O’Connor made 12 saves.

Luke Murphy paced a balanced attack for the Engineers with three goals, while Trey Froelich and Angelo Venuto each had two goals and an assist.

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