Middlebury 18, Bates 8
BATES FALLS TO NO. 2 MIDDLEBURY, 18-8
LEWISTON, Maine The Middelbury College men's lacrosse team got three hat tricks and goals from 11 different players at the No. 2 Panthers defeated the host Bates College Bobcats in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action today.
The Panthers (12-1, 8-1 NESCAC) earned the top seed in the NESCAC tournament which begins tomorrow. Middlebury receives a bye will host the semifinals and final next weekend.Bates (8-6, 4-5 NESCAC) earned the seventh seed, despite today's loss. The Bobcats will face No. 15 Bowdoin tomorrow at 1 p.m. Bates defeated the Polar Bears, 10-7, in Brunswick earlier this season.
Bates scored first in today's game as senior Patrick Gaughan (Duxbury, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal less that four minutes in. The Panthers tied the game just over a minute later on a goal by senior Zach Herbert (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). herbert assisted classmate Greg Carroll (Topsfield, Mass.) with five minutes left in the period, while Matt Dunn (Kent, Conn.) put Middlebury up 3-1. Bates sophomore Peter Fedullo (Williamson, N.Y.) cut the lead in half with 63 seconds left in the first and tied the game midway through the second period. Middlebury then scored three of the next four goals and never trailed again.
Herbert led all players with four assists and five points, while Dunn, Carroll and sophomore Mike Saraceni (No. Syracuse, N.Y.) each scored three goals. Bates got two tallied each from Fedullo, Gaughan and senior Dave Frederick (W. Hartford, Conn.). Bates junior Matt Dobbyn (Warren, R.I.) made 13 saves in the losing effort, while Middlebury sophomore Erick Krieger (Princeton, N.J.) made seven stops for the win.
Team 1 2 3 4 Middlebury (12-1, 8-1 NESCAC) 3 4 5 6 -- 18 Bates (8-6, 4-5 NESCAC) 2 2 2 2 -- 8 GOALS B: Dave Fredrick 2, Patrick Gaughan 2, Pete Fedullo 2 Matt Winterle, Ben Clements. M: Matt Dunn 3, Greg Carroll 3, Mike Saraceni 3, David Seeley 2, Zach Herbert, Peter Albro, Jamie Duke, Chris Davis, Charley Howe, Sebby Astrada, Andrew Helming. ASSISTS B: Jeff Critchlow, Jack Sandler, Frederick, Gaughan. M: Herbert 4, Ben Tobey, Tom O'Connor, Dunn, Seeley, Albro. GOALTENDING B: Mark Dobbyn, 60 Min, 13 SV, 18 GA. M: Eric Krieger, 60 Min, 7 SV, 8 GA. TEAM STATS Shots: M, 40-28. Face-offs: M, 16-12. Penalties: B, 3-2:00. M, 2-1:00. Extra-man offense: B, 2-2. M, 1-3.