Broome Sets Record As Middlebury Dusts Amherst
from press release
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Jon Broome's NESCAC tournament-record eight goals propelled Middlebury past Amherst 19-9 in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The 19 Panther goals was also a tourney record as Middlebury (13-2) advanced to the NESCAC semifinals, hosting fourth-seed Wesleyan on Saturday, May 4th at noon. Conn. College, the second-seed will meet Tufts, the third seed, in the other semifinal match-up in Middlebury at 4:00 p.m. The championship game will face-off on Sunday, May 5th at noon. The Jeffs end their season with a 5-10 mark.
Middlebury, currently ranked sixth in the nation, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. Scott Redmond sandwiched a pair of goals around Broome's first goal, giving the hosts a three-goal lead at 4:26. Amherst tightened the game later in the quarter, with goals from Jeff Izzo and Quinn Moroney. Broome closed out the quarter with a physical in-close score during a man-up situation for a 4-2 lead after one quarter.
Defenseman Darric White opened the second with a turn-and-shoot, low-to-high tally, while Erich Pfeffer collected a pass over the cage from Mike Giordano, netting the Panthers' sixth goal. Quinn Moroney countered, with an assist on Patrick Routh's tally at 4:03, setting the score at 6-3 for the hosts. Middlebury's Joel Blockowicz capped the first half scoring at 7-3, with a sweeping righty shot just inside the far top corner of the cage.
Amherst's Devin Acton, who previously held the single-game NESCAC tourney goals record with seven, opened the second half with a nice solo dodge at 14:26. The Panthers answered with a flourish, scoring the next seven goals, building a massive 14-4 lead by the 7:40 mark. Andrew Metros, Giordano and Broome each netted a pair during the run, while Blockowicz capped it off with a nice set-up from Pfeffer.
Trailing by 10 goals, Acton notched the next two for the Jeffs before Broome and Amherst's Kane Haffley exchanged tallies to end the third as Middlebury held a 15-7 advantage.
Broome scored his sixth goal at 13:43 in the fourth off a crease feed from Giordano. Stew Kerr followed with a goal off a long-ball pass from Zach Driscoll to made it a 17-7 game at 11:16. Amherst bookended a pair of man-up tallies around Broome's seventh goal that Giordano set-up at 5:13. Broome ended the day with his record-setting eighth goal at 1:12 on a crisp lefty face dodge for the 19-9 final.
Broome finished with a tourney-best eight goals on 11 shots, while Giordano added five helpers and two assists. Metros and Blockowicz each chipped in with a pair of goals and one assist. White added a game-high eight ground balls to his one goal, while fellow defenseman Billy Chapman forced four Amherst turnovers. Nate Gaudio earned the win in net for Middlebury, allowing nine goals, while making nine stops in 56:23. Jack Reilly played the final 3:37, making three saves.
Quinn Moroney led Amherst with three assists and a goal, while Acton netted a hat trick. Duncan Morrissey added a team-best seven ground balls, while winning 14-24 face-offs. Starting goalie Gregory Majno took the loss, allowing 15 goals, while making six saves in 45:00 of action. Reserve Thomas Gilligan played the first 13:13 of the fourth quarter, making two stops and allowing three goals. Rob Dickinson finished the game making one save and allowing one goal in 1:47.