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Cosgrove, Moore score hat tricks in loss at Middlebury

Cosgrove

Moore

Sampson

Barrett

Kopeski

Adams

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury College overcame a pair of three-goal deficits in the first half en route to a 16-13 victory over the Bates College men's lacrosse team at Kohn Field on Saturday.

Bates (0-2 overall, 0-1 NESCAC) hosts Western New England College for its home opener in a non-league contest on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Last season’s NESCAC Player of the Year Mike Stone began the 2009 season by scoring five goals, keying the victory for the fourth-ranked Panthers (1-0, 1-0 NESCAC).

Sophomore Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and senior Tyler Moore (North Andover, Mass.) each had three goals for Bates. Sophomore Garrett Kopeski (Westfield, Mass.) and junior Nick Sampson (Yarmouth, Maine) each chipped in a pair, while junior David Barrett (Chatham, N.J.) scored one and assisted on another.

Trailing 2-1 in the first quarter, Stone collected a pair of goals, including a man-up tally for a 3-2 lead with 5:52 left. Bates scored the next four goals, all unassisted, by Sampson, Moore, senior John Adams (Bloomfield, Conn.) and Kopeski, to take their first three-goal lead at the 12:02 mark of the second quarter.

After trading goals later in the quarter, the Panthers scored two more, capped by a man-up tally by David Hild, cutting the Bobcat lead to 7-6 with 2:43 remaining in the half. Bates responded, netting the next two goals of the game, including Cosgrove’s third goal of the half, for a 9-6 lead. Matt Ferrer got one back for Middlebury with 42 seconds left in the half on a feed from Pete Smith for a doorstep goal.

Middlebury dominated the third quarter, holding the Bobcats scoreless while tacking on four more goals in the quarter. The Panthers tied the game at nine apiece when Tom Petty redirected a cross-crease pass from Skylar Hopkins at the 12:38 mark. With 7:56 left, Stone scored from 20 yards out, netting the go-ahead goal. Hild capped the third quarter scoring and opened the fourth. Hild’s pair gave the Panthers their first three-goal lead of the game at the 14:06 mark of the fourth quarter. With 11:44 remaining, Pete Smith’s goal gave Middlebury a 14-10 lead and some breathing room as both teams exchanged the final six goals of the game.

Stone led all scorers with five goals, Smith scored a pair and assisted on three others, Hopkins collected a game-high five assists, as Hild scored four goals for the Panthers.

Peter Britt got the win in goal for Middlebury, stopping 13 shots, allowing 13 goals, while Bates first-year Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) allowed 16 goals, stopping seven shots in the loss.

STATS: Middlebury 16, Bates 13