March 22, 2014

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Middlebury's Defense Stifles No. 17 Bowdoin

from press release

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Middlebury College men's lacrosse team held Bowdoin scoreless for a stretch of 41:18 and pulled away for a 10-4 win on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.

The Panthers earn their first NESCAC win of the season and improve to 2-4 (1-3 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears drop their first conference game of the year and dip to 5-2 (3-1 NESCAC).

Middlebury goaltender Nate Gaudio stopped 19 shots overall, including all nine he faced in the second and third quarter as the Panthers went on their decisive run. After Bowdoin took the lead on a Dan Hanley goal with 6:11 left in the opening period, the Panther defense locked down the Polar Bears until the 12:31 mark of the fourth quarter, covering over 41 minutes of game time.

Meanwhile, the Panthers rolled off nine straight goals, including two apiece from Jon Broome, Tim Giarrusso and Stephen Seymour. After Broome put home his second goal of game towards the end of the third quarter, Middlebury carried a 9-1 advantage into the final frame. Back-to-back goals from Bowdoin's Franklin Reis cut into the Panther lead, and the Polar Bears drew within 9-4 following a Peter Reuter marker with 2:53 on the clock, but the rally proved too late. Taylor Pirie sealed the win with a goal at 31 seconds to round out the scoring.

Connor Laughlin made 12 saves in the loss for Bowdoin. Reuter had two assists to go with his goal while Rob Talcott won 11 of 18 faceoffs for the Polar Bears. Ben Brewster had three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Harrison Goodkind led the Panther defense with a pair of caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Middlebury will return to action against Endicott on Tuesday evening at Harvard University at 5:00 p.m. Bowdoin will play Wednesday at Springfield at 7:30 p.m.


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