Herbert, Hopkins Lead Middlebury Over Amherst, 17-8|
AMHERST, Mass. - Middlebury College attackmen Zach Herbert (Cape Elizabeth, ME) and Holt Hopkins (Baltimore, MD) combined for six goals and five assists on Saturday, leading the Middlebury College men's lacrosse team, the defending NCAA Division III champions, to a 17-8 victory over host Amherst College in a NESCAC pairing. The loss snaps the Jeffs' four-game win streak to open the season, while Middlebury improves to 6-1.
|Middlebury won 21 of the|
afternoon's 26 faceoffs
The Panthers, who had held the top spot in the USILA/STX Division III poll up until a 23-10 loss to Springfield College last week, came out with a flourish in the first quarter, connecting on three of their first four shot attempts. The flurry began with a Matt Dunn (Kent, CT) tally 2:39 into the game. Sophomore Panther midfielder Chris Davis (Denver, CO) and senior Bryan Sanchez (Fairfield, CT) scored twice in a 15-second span midway through the period, and junior David Seeley (Wayland, MA) added a pair of goals to stake Middlebury to a 5-0 lead, before a goal from Amherst sophomore Tucker Sowers (Ridgewood, NJ) cut the gap to 5-1 just before the end of the first quarter.
After a first period dominated by Middlebury, the Jeffs scored three consecutive goals early in the second to cut the Panther edge to 6-4 with 7:53 left before halftime. Herbert, however, kept the Jeffs from cutting any closer, finishing a Hopkins feed at 5:59 and adding an unassisted tally with 13 ticks left before the half to help Middlebury to a 9-5 halftime lead.
Sophomore Amherst midfielder Matt Margolis (Short Hills, NJ) brought the hosts back to within three with a goal on an extra-man opportunity 2:34 into the third quarter before Herbert and Hopkins combined to put the game away. Herbert scored three consecutive goals, two of which came on extra-man opportunities, and Hopkins picked up another pair of assists as the Panthers jumped out to a 12-6 lead late in the third quarter. The Jeffs closed to 12-7 with two minutes left in the third on a tally from first-year Mike Allison (West Nyack, NY), but they would come no closer. Middlebury dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Jeffs 4-1, and Amherst did not help its own cause by failing on each of their four extra-man chances in the final frame.
First-year Panther goalie Eric Krieger (Princeton, NJ) stopped seven shots in 56 minutes of action for Middlebury, while senior Amherst netminder Corey Simonson (Brookline, MA) posted 21 saves in the losing effort. On the afternoon, the Panthers outshot the Jeffs 42-19, holding the edge in ground balls by a 37-20 margin. Middlebury finished three for six on extra-man chances, while the Jeffs converted one of their six attempts, losing 21 of the 26 face-offs.
April 7, 2001
MC - Herbert 5, Seeley 3, Albro 2, Dunn 2, Sanchez 2, Davis, Hopkins, O'Neil
AC - Margolis 2, Allison, Condlin, Edelson, Gibson, Nogi, Sowers
MC - Hopkins 4, Dunn, Giordano, Haire, Herbert, Tobey
AC - Edelson 3, McBeth
MC - Krieger, 7 saves (8 ga, 55:56); O'Reilly, 1 save (0 ga, 4:04)
AC - Simonson 21 saves (17 ga, 60:00)
SHOTS: MC 42, AC 19;
GROUND BALLS: MC 37, AC 20;
FACEOFFS: MC 21, AC 5;
EXTRA-MAN: MC 3/6, AC 1/6
PENALTIES: MC 7 for 5:00, AC 8 for 5:30;