No. 7 Middlebury passes men's lacrosse team in NESCAC opener





MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- David Hild scored a career-best six goals to lead Middlebury past the Bates men's lacrosse team 14-6 at Kohn Field on Saturday. With the season-opening win, the seventh-ranked Panthers own a 1-0 overall record and a 1-0 NESCAC mark, while Bates evens its record at 2-2, falling to 0-1 in conference play.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead as Erich Pfeffer’s man-up tally at 10:21 bookended a pair of Hild scores. Bates answered when sophomore Kyle Starr (Concord, N.H.) swept across the top for a lefty tally at 4:41, before Hild notched a first quarter hat trick, scoring with 36 seconds left in the quarter.

Hild added his fourth goal off a face-off win by Brian Foster to start the second quarter, as Andrew Connor scored at 12:52 for a 6-1 advantage. The Bobcats cut the lead to 6-2 a minute later on a man-up shot by senior Rory Cosgrove (Pittsburgh, Pa.) before Middlebury ended the quarter on a three-goal run. Hild again bookended a three-goal surge with tallies at 9:23 and 2:47, while Mike Giordano scored a transition goal at 3:42 off a feed from Alex Englert.

With Middlebury leading 9-2 to start the third quarter, the teams exchanged goals, with Bates getting an unassisted tally by first-year Will Gilkeson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), before the Panthers added a pair of scores for their largest lead of the game at 12-3. Tim Cahill scored on a two-man advantage off an assist from Giordano at 10:09, while Alex Giammarco scored 12 seconds later on a bounce shot.

Bates rallied with a three-goal counterpunch, with senior Luke Charest (Freeport, Maine) assisting on all three goals, including the final tally by sophomore Dan Hines (Manchester, Mass.) at 11:03 in the fourth quarter. Trailing 12-6, the Bobcats could not get any closer as Middlebury added the final two goals of the game to close out the win.

Six Bobcats scored one goal apiece, with Charest contributing a team-high three assists.

Panther goalie Ryan Deane was extremely active in net, making 14 saves, allowing six goals, and nabbing a game-high nine ground balls. Bates junior goalie Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) made seven saves.

Bates plays another NESCAC game next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Williams.

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