|Date and Time:||03/22/2008, 1:00PM|
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Junior Mike Stone scored five goals, including the game-winner in double-overtime, to lead the Middlebury men's lacrosse team to a 12-11 comeback victory over Bowdoin on Saturday in Brunswick. The Panthers (4-0, 3-0 NESCAC) are ranked 11th in the latest USILA poll as Bowdoin drops their second straight contest to fall to 3-2 overall (1-1 NESCAC).
Bowdoin scored the first three goals of the game to grab an early advantage in the opening 9:25. The Panthers answered with a two-goal spurt to end the quarter and opened the second period with three tallies in a 4:36 span to take the lead. Bowdoin was able to trim the lead with a Rob Halliday goal one second before the half, giving Middlebury a 5-4 edge at the break.
Bowdoin dominated the third quarter, holding a 13-6 edge in shots and scored five straight times to take a four-goal lead. Rob Halliday and Cullen Winkler both scored twice in the run, as the Polar Bears held a 9-5 lead with 4:26 remaining in the frame. The teams traded late third-period tallies to make it 10-6 Bowdoin entering the fourth.
Just as Bowdoin had dominated the third period, Middlebury responded with a controlling fourth quarter. After the teams swapped goals to open the stanza, making it 11-7 Bowdoin with 13:30 to play, the Panthers would not allow another Polar Bear goal for the remainder of the afternoon. Meanwhile, Middlebury scored four times in the final 8:20- including a pair from Stone- to deadlock the contest with 2:41 remaining on a goal from Frank Granara. Tom Petty had a chance to win it for Middlebury in regulation, but a shot from the point banged off the crossbar, sending the game to overtime.
Bowdoin had the best chance in the opening overtime session, as Rob Halliday's left-handed rocket bounced off the post. Neither team could find the game-winner in the opening extra session and the game went into a second overtime frame.
With under a 10 seconds to play in the second OT, Middlebury's Pete Smith controlled the ball on the right wing and found the stick of Stone, who was streaking down the middle towards the goal. Stone unleashed a low one-timer that bounced into the net with two seconds remaining, giving the Panthers the win.
Peter Britt made 14 saves in goal for Middlebury while Alex Gluck stopped five shots in the opening half for Bowdoin. Gordon Convery made 11 saves in the second half and overtime for the Polar Bears.
Stone finished with a game-high five goals and one assist while Smith posted a goal and three helpers for Middlebury. Granara also found the back of the net twice. Rob Halliday led Bowdoin with four goals while Winkler had two and an assist. Max Key dominated the face-off circle for the Polar Bears, winning 22 of 26 tries.