May 12, 2010

*Courtesy of Middlebury Athletics

Middlebury, VT - The Middlebury men's lacrosse team advanced to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament, after a 10-6 win over Goucher. The Panthers (12-5) will visit Rensselaer on Saturday, May 15th in a second-round match-up, as they improve to 30-10 all-time in NCAA play. Goucher ends its season at 14-4, making their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

After 9:12 of scoreless play, Middlebury broke the draught as David Hild scored his team-leading 32nd goal of the season with a bouncer from the left side at the 5:48 mark. Jack Masur cut from behind the goal and scored through the five hole to make it a 2-0 game 50 seconds later.

schoppncaaGoucher came back with a pair of goals 1:10 apart early in the second quarter to tie the game at 2-2. Jacob Fratella scored with a rocket from the outside at 12:52, before Matt Lynch netted his 35th of the season from the right side.

Hild scored from left side at 10:04 to give Middlebury a 3-2 lead, before Lynch scored the equalizer at the 6:59 mark with a blast from the left side. The Panthers again took a one-goal lead when Masur found a cutting Tim Cahill for his 20th of the year just 57 seconds later. The Gophers responded when Lynch notching his second of the game carrying the ball in from 40 yards out before scoring. The half ended in a 4-4 tie, with Middlebury opening the second half with a man-up opportunity.

The Panthers went on a three-goal run in the third, taking a 7-4 lead with 3:45 remaining. Andrew Connor netted his 21st of the season with a feed from Pete Smith at 7:41, before Peter Jennings won the ensuing face-off and drove to the goal for his second of the year. Bart Witmer scored driving to the goal from the right side to end the three-goal run at the 3:45 mark. Kyle Boncaro netted his first of two goals for Goucher with 56 second left to make it a 7-5 game after three quarters. smithncaa

Middlebury extended its lead to 8-5 in the fourth when Chris Teves made a spin move in front of the crease with 12:48 left. Goucher responded four minutes later when Boncaro scored his 40th goal of the season, cutting the Panther advantage to 8-6 with 8:44 remaining. Hild collected a hat trick on a power move at 4:31, backing his defender in before spinning to the crease for a shot between the legs of Goucher goalie Chris Stricklin. Middlebury capped the scoring at 10-6 on a cross-crease pass from Smith to Cahill during a man-up possession with 2:22 left in the game. The Gophers did get a few looks to close the gap, but three off target shots and a save by Panther goalie Ryan Deane preserved the win.

Hild's hat trick paced Middlebury, as Cahill netted a pair of goals and Masur added a goal and an assist. Lynch led all scorers for Goucher with four points on a pair of goals and two assists, while Rory Averett added a goal and two assists, as Boncaro chipped in a pair of goals.

The Panthers held a decisive face-off advantage, winning 14 of 19 attempts, as Brian Foster won eight out of nine tries. Middlebury out-shot the Gophers 44-28 on the afternoon, forcing Strickland to make 14 saves while allowing 10 goals. Deane stopped 10 shots en route to the win in net for Middlebury.