Middlebury Scores 16 Straight to Rout Skidmore

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. Middlebury exploded for 16 straight goals, cruising to an 18-4 non-league victory over Skidmore at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The 18 goals scored is a season-high for the Panthers (3-8), stopping an eight-game losing streak.

Middlebury has two more NESCAC contests remaining, including a road test at Colby, while the Thoroughbreds (5-8) play two more including a trip to RIT, both games are on Saturday.

Middlebury opened a 5-0 lead as five different Panthers scored before Stew Kerr notched his second of the game at 3:43 in the second quarter. Joel Blockowicz capped the first half off an over-the-cage feed from Mike Giordano at 2:14 for a 7-0 lead.

Leading 10-0 in the third, Kerr notched his third of the game off a Giordano helper for an 11-0 advantage with 5:56 left. Giordano followed, scoring two of the next three for Middlebury for a 14-0 lead with 1:43 left in the third. Kerr collected his fourth of the game before Andrew Metros capped the 16 goal barrage with time running out in the quarter.

Skidmore stopped the run, scoring three straight goals to open the fourth quarter, as Mike Perlow accounted for a pair. Leading 16-3, Middlebury put two more goals on the board before Quinn Hawkins capped the scoring for the Thoroughbreds at 18-4.

Giordano's hat trick and two assists along with Kerr's four goals paced Middlebury as 10 others Panthers scored in the contest. Goalie Nate Guadio played the first three quarters, stopping all nine shots, while Gabe Weissmann finished the final 15:00, making four saves while allowing four goals. On the day, Middlebury out-shot Skidmore 63-32, grabbed 18 more groundballs than the Thoroughbreds and was an efficient 28-30 in clearing opportunities. Brian Foster won 12-15 face-offs and grabbed a team-best nine groundballs.

Perlow's pair led Skidmore in scoring, as Matt Diaco took the loss in net. Diaco played the first 45:00, allowing 16 goals, while making 14 saves. Drew Butturini (10:28) allows two goals, making one save, as John Southerland wrapped up the final 4:32 in goal, stopping one shot.


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