MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Eighth-ranked Middlebury got the better of the Bates men's lacrosse team on Saturday in the NESCAC opener for both teams, going on a 4-0 run in the fourth quarter to win 7-1 at Kohn Field.
The Panthers opened the game on a 3-0 run, with the first two goals set up by assists from Mike Giordano. Their season-opening goal came on a quick stick feed to Brian Ayers at 10:07 in the first quarter, while the second was a fast break goal by Stew Kerr at the 2:11 mark. Middlebury’s third goal was scored by Quinn Cronan on a lefty dodge, bouncing one past senior Bobcat goalie Adam Scharff (Glyndon, Md.) at 13:34 of the second quarter.
Bates cut the deficit to 3-1 at 4:19 of the second with an in-close turn and stuff shot by senior Thomas Repko (New Canaan, Conn.), on a feed from junior Rob Highland (Yarmouth, Maine).
Neither team scored in the third quarter, and the Panthers attempted 15 of their 31 shots during their fourth quarter, four-goal run for some breathing room. Stew Kerr notched his second of the game at 14:06 before Giordano set up Stephen Seymour at 7:55 on a man-up tally. Alex Englert scored at 4:46, just 30 seconds before Joel Blockowitz capped the scoring on a transition tally for a 7-1 final.
Giordano’s three helpers and Kerr’s pair paced Middlebury’s scoring, while Billy Chapman led all players with eight ground ball pick-ups. Nate Gaudio picked up the win in net, allowing one goal on seven saves.
Scharff made seven stops on the day and collected a team-high three ground balls.