Middlebury Jumps to 5-0 Lead, Defeats Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Middlebury scored the first five goals of the game and never let Colby get within three goals in a 12-6 New England Small College Athletic Conference lacrosse win Saturday at Bill Alfond Field.

Middlebury is 8-6 overall and 6-3 in league play, while the Mules drop to 6-7 overall and 3-6 in the conference. Despite the loss, the Mules did clinch a NESCAC playoff spot after Bates College lost at home to Connecticut College.

Jon Broome had two goals and tied a Middlebury game record with six assists to place the Panthers, who led 3-0 after the first quarter. Jack Rautiola added a game-high three goals, while Stephen Seymour finished with two goals. David Murray added one goal and one assist for Middlebury.

Austin Sayre led Colby with two goals and one assist, while John Grimaldi and Mark Philipps both had one goal and one assist for Colby.

With starting goalie Tyler Will missing the game due to illness, Colby had a rough going early in the game. Chase Clymer scored with 5:59 left in the first quarter on the man-up from Broome and the Panthers added two goals in the final 1:10. Murray tallied with 1:10 left from Broome, while Broome made it 3-0 just 40 seconds later off a pass from Kyle Soroka.

The Panthers added to the lead in the second quarter. Rautiola scored his first of the game from Brian Ayers just 53 seconds into play. Jack Cleary made it 5-0 with 9:27 to play from Broome.

Colby settled down and scored two goals in a row, the first from Whit Harwood, Jr. with 7:52 remaining and then from Philipps on the man-up with 6:07 to go.

Seymour tallied with 2:59 left off another assist from Broome to make it 6-2. Sayre ripped in a long shot with 2:17 to play from Conor MacLaverty.

The Mules appeared to be headed to halftime down only 6-3 after the early 5-0 deficit. However, Middlebury took back the momentum when Rautiola scored in front with just 1.6 seconds left off the fifth assist from Broome.

Sayre got Colby to within three at 7-4 with his second goal off a pass from Wasserman with 10:19 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers, though, pulled away again when Giarrusso came from in back of the goal to score with 8:14 left in the third and Chris Peterson made it 9-4 off an assist from Murray.

Garen Fabian gave the Mules some glimmer of hope when he scored in front off a centering pass from Grimaldi with 1:26 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers added to the lead again when Rautiola made it 10-5 off Broome's fifth assist. After Grimaldi scored from Philipps to cut the lead to 10-6, the Panthers got two more goals in the final 6:02 from Broome and Seymour.

Nate Gaudio had 11 saves, four ground balls, and one caused turnover for Middlebury. Darric White added three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Colby face-off man Austin Frank had a huge day, winning 18 of 22 face-offs and scooping 16 ground balls. Ian Boldt added three ground balls for the Mules.

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Middlebury won its sixth consecutive NESCAC game with a 12-6 road victory at Colby (6-7, 3-6). The Panthers (8-6, 6-3) have now won six of their last seven games overall. Jon Broome tied the school record with six assists in the game, equaling the mark earned by Pete Smith on March 24, 2009. Middlebury returns to action on Wednesday when they host Williams in the NESCAC regular season finale at 5:00 p.m.

Broome had two goals and six assists to place the Panthers, who led 3-0 after the first quarter. Jack Rautiola added a game-high three goals, while Stephen Seymour finished with two goals. David Murray added one goal and one assist for Middlebury.

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