Middlebury Finishes Strong to Defeat Hamilton

Hamilton lost 12-6 to visiting Middlebury in a NESCAC game at Steuben Field Wednesday afternoon. The Panthers (4-5, 3-3 NESCAC) scored six of the last seven goals after the Continentals (3-7, 0-6 NESCAC) had forged a five-all tie late in the third quarter.

Hamilton scored three straight goals to pull even with 5:16 left in the third. John Zimmerman '15 had a hand in all three, scoring the first two and assisting on the tying goal (scored by Sam Sweet '16). Middlebury retook the lead on a goal by Brian Ayers '14 with a minute left and sealed the win by scoring the first five goals of the fourth.

Jack Cleary '16 led the Panthers with three goals and Jon Broome '16 contributed two goals and three assists. Cleary capped a 4-0 Middlebury run with his second goal of the game, 2:51 into the second half. That goal put the Panthers up 5-2 and came in the midst of a stretch that saw them hold Hamilton scoreless for a span of 25:10, including the entire second quarter.

Hamilton's Paul Armideo '14 scored his first two goals of the season to put the hosts up 2-1 midway through the opening period. Middlebury score three times in the final 2:41 of the half with two goals coming in the last 32 seconds to take a 4-2 lead into intermission. Jack Rautiola scored his 11th goal of the year to start the stretch and assisted on a goal by Stephen Seymour '14 with five seconds left. Seymour's goal came 26 seconds after Broome scored his first goal of the game.

Zimmerman raised his total to a team-leading 29 points. Trip Connors '17 led Hamilton with five ground balls. Sellers Garrett '16 caused a pair of turnovers.

Middlebury's Cal Williams '15 picked up seven ground balls to lead all players. Broom collected six and Tim Giarusso '16 and Darric White '14 contributed five apiece to help the Panthers to a 33-24 advantage for the game. White and Harrison Goodkind '16 who won 11 of 18 face-offs added two caused turnovers each.

Nate Gaudio '14 made 10 saves to earn the win. Hamilton's Will Driscoll '15 stopped nine shots.

Chase Clymer '15 and Joseph Zelkowitz '17 both scored their first goal of the season during Middlebury's six-goal fourth quarter. Jack Rautiola assisted on three Panther goals.

The Continentals play their final home game of the regular season Saturday, hosting sixth-ranked Tufts at 1:00 p.m. Middlebury hosts Bates Saturday afternoon.

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Middlebury scored six straight second-half goals, pulling away from Hamilton for a 12-6 NESCAC road victory. The Panthers, winners of three of its last four games, improve to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in NESCAC action. Middlebury returns to action Saturday afternoon when it hosts Bates at Alumni Stadium on Youngman Field.

Hamilton's Paul Armideo scored the first two goals of the game, putting the hosts up 2-1 midway through the opening quarter. Middlebury rallied for a 4-2 lead at intermission, scoring three times in the final 2:41 of the second quarter. Highlighting that trio of goals was two tallies in the final 32 seconds. Jack Rautiola scored his 11th goal of the year to start the rally, later setting-up a goal by Stephen Seymour with five seconds left in the half. Seymour's goal came 27 seconds after Jon Broome's first tally of the game.

Trailing 5-2 in the third quarter, the Continentals (3-7, 0-6) scored three-straight goals and pulled even at 5-5 with 5:16 remaining. John Zimmerman had a hand in all three, scoring the first two and assisting on the third.

Brian Ayers started the decisive six-goal run for the Panthers with a tally at the 1:00 mark of the third, as the visitors broke the game open with five more to start the fourth quarter. Broome keyed the run setting up three goals and scoring the final goal off a Rautiola feed at 7:13 for an 11-5 advantage. The teams later exchanged goals for the final six-goal difference.

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2014-04-02



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