April 1, 2009

Midd Makes it Five Straight; Beat Jeffs

from press releases

AMHERST, Mass. - Middlebury won its fifth straight game as the Panthers picked up a 13-11 NESCAC road win at Amherst. Amherst's Tom McDonnel scored the first goal of the game less than two minutes into the first quarter, finishing off a feed from Brett Miller. Middlebury's Tom Petty responded to score a pair of goals with 12:47, and 10:39, to play in the first quarter, putting the Panthers on top 2-1.

After over seven scoreless minutes, Miller scored to spark the Lord Jeff offense. Teammates Luke Arnold and Dan Routh followed suit, putting Amherst up 4-2 with less than a minute to play in the frame. Middlebury's Pete Smith scored with just one second to play in the first, cutting Amherst's lead down to 4-3.

The second quarter saw Middlebury out-score the Lord Jeffs 3-1, as Skyler Hopkins put home all three of the Panthers' scores in the period. Hopkins finished with four goals on the day to match Petty's four scores for Middlebury.

Coming out of the half, Amherst quickly tied the game as Miller found Evan Redwood for a score on the doorstep. The score started a back-and-forth period that three times saw the Panthers answer Amherst scores. Middlebury closed the third with a goal from Chris Teves, with just 12 seconds remaining on the clock, but Amherst's Tim Thornton and Miller scored back-to-back goals to give the Jeffs a 10-9 lead with 11:14 to play in the fourth.

The Amherst defense played tough, and held Middlebury off the board for nearly four minutes, before Petty put home a Pete Smith feed to tie the game 10-10. The Panthers scored three more goals over the next three minutes, as Petty, Matt Ferrer and Hopkins put Amherst in a 13-10 hole. McDonnell added a score with 2:42 to play, but Amherst was unable to get possession again and close the gap any further.

Pete Britt made 11 saves to earn the win, while Amherst goalie Matt Pietroforte made 12 stops. Miller finished with two goals, and four assists to lead Amherst with six points in the loss. Smith dished out four goals to go along with one goal to lead Middlebury with five points.

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