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Men's lacrosse loses at nationally ranked Middlebury

Bates junior Mike Medeiros had an assist and three ground balls.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The No. 19 nationally ranked Middlebury College men's lacrosse team defeated Bates 18-7 in a NESCAC contest Tuesday at Kohn Field.

Jim Cabrera led the Panthers with four goals and one assist. Mike Stone added three goals and an assist for Middlebury (7-3, 4-2 NESCAC), which jumped out to a 10-2 lead at halftime. Middlebury held a 44-36 edge in shots taken.

Seven different Panthers were involved in an early 9-0 run, highlighted by a pair of goals by Tom Petty and Skyler Hopkins. The Bobcats ended a 27:20 scoring drought when junior Justin Simon (Canaan, N.H.) scored his first of his team-high three goals with 2:40 left in the second quarter, cutting the Middlebury lead to 9-1. Both teams added a goal later in the second as Middlebury took a 10-2 lead into intermission.

Simon scored his third straight hat trick and added one assist to lead the Bobcats' offense. Also scoring for Bates were junior Bryan Frates (Woodstock, Vt.), senior Matt Erisman (Nantucket, Mass.), senior Amadi Cisse (Hanover, N.H.) and junior Brent Morin (Hanover, N.H.), with Frates also contributing a pair of assists. First-year P.J. Arroyo (Charlestown, Mass.) led the Bobcats with five ground balls.

Eleven seconds into the third quarter, Middlebury’s Jim Cabrera picked up a groundball to score one of his team-high four goals. At the 14:06 mark, Mike Stone’s tally gave the Panthers a 12-2 lead. Bates scored the next two goals, cutting the Panther advantage to 12-4. Middlebury maintained the offensive pressure with a two-goal spurt of their own late in the third before a Bobcat goal by Bryan Frates cut the lead to 14-5. Middlebury outscored Bates in the fourth quarter 4-2, including a goal and an assist by Cabrera setting the final score at 18-7.

Alex Palmisano started the game in goal for the Panthers, making eight saves and allowing five goals in 46:30 of action. Pete Britt relieved him early in the fourth quarter, allowing two goals in 11:19 of play. Bill Zrike played the final 2:11 of the game making two saves in net.

Bates also played three goalies, with Peter Boston starting the game. Boston gave up nine goals and made seven stops in the first 22:41. Will Paddock played the next 22:19, making three saves and allowing five goals. Tom O’Connor was in net for the fourth quarter making one save and giving up four goals.

Bates will play host to Colby on Thursday at 5 p.m. in another NESCAC game. The game was originally scheduled for April 4.

STATS: Middlebury 18, Bates 7

-- Middlebury Sports Information