Men's lacrosse falls in OT in playoff game

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 1, 2011
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John Jennings

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- Colby College's John Jennings broke the single-season goal scoring record, but the Mules lost for a second straight year in overtime in a New England Small College Athletic Conference quarterfinal on Sunday.

Middlebury, ranked 11th nationally and seeded third in the NESCAC tourney, scored 18 seconds into the second overtime to pull out a 10-9 victory. The Mules lost 12-11 in overtime to Bowdoin in a NESCAC quarterfinal.

David Hild scored the goal in the second extra period for Middlebury (11-3). The Mules end the season at 9-7.

Jennings, who finished with three goals, ended the season with 43 goals, breaking the old record of 41 set by Whit McCarthy (2009) and Brent McLean (1995).

Colby had some fine opportunities to win the game. Mark Squicciarino hit the post on a shot in the closing seconds of regulation and the Mules had the ball for most of the first overtime session. 

Middlebury jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter. John McGoldrick netted a pair during the run, including the ice-breaker at 12:03 off a man-up feed from Hild. Andrew Conner capped the first quarter with a laser shot from 15 yards out with 4:10 left.

Colby responded with a three-goal burst, cutting the Panther lead to 4-3 at the 8:10 mark in the second quarter, as Squicciarino added two assists in the rally. The teams alternated goals twice more before McGoldrick notched his third of the game with :01 left in the half, setting the score at 7-5 for Middlebury.

Middlebury held an 8-5 lead when the Mules answered with their second three-goal run, tying the game at 8-8 on a Squicciarino goal during a five-on-five situation with 12:14 in the fourth quarter.

Billy Chapman gave the Panthers a 9-8 lead as the long-stick defender scored on a fast break at 9:25. Colby tied it again on Jennings' man-up tally at 6:37, capping the regulation scoring.

In the first four-minute overtime, the Mules won the face-off on a Middlebury procedure call. After a Colby timeout, the Mules launched a shot wide. Retaining possession, Colby was stripped of the ball by Panther defenseman Matt Rayner who grabbed the ground ball and started the clear attempt. Middlebury later turned the ball over in their offensive end, allowing two more Colby shots on goal, one saved by goalie Ryan Deane. The Panthers pushed the ball into the offensive end and after a timeout with 45 seconds, had their lone shot of the first overtime blocked.         

A frenetic scrum for the face-off win started the second overtime. Colby ended up with possession near their cage and a pass to the Mules' goalie, to set up a clear, was intercepted by Hild on the doorstep. Hild ended the game with the point-blank goal as the Panthers move on to the NESCAC semifinals.

Squicciarino had four points with a trio of assists and one goal for the Mules. Ian Deveau chipped in a pair of goals and two assists. Bunker ended the day with a game-high nine ground balls, winning 14-of-23 face-offs. Peter Reiley played 64:18 in net, making 16 saves.

Middlebury 10, Colby 9, 2 OT

Colby...............  1  4  2  2  0  0 -  9

Middlebury..........  4  3  1  1  0  1 - 10

Colby SCORING: GOALS: John Jennings 3; Ian Deveau 2; Mark Squicciarino

1; Greg McKillop 1; John Moriarty 1; Scott Margolis 1.

ASSISTS: Mark Squicciarino 3; Ian Deveau 2; Greg McKillop 1.

Middlebury SCORING: GOALS: John McGoldrick 3; Mike Giordano 2; Andrew

Conner 2; David Hild 1; Erich Pfeffer 1; Billy Chapman 1.

ASSISTS: Alex Englert 1; David Hild 1; John McGoldrick 1; Darric White


SHOTS - Colby 57; Middlebury 46. Penalties - Colby 6/3:30; Middlebury 4/3:30.

MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Colby 1-3; Middlebury 2-6.

FACEOFFS - Colby 14-23; Middlebury 9-23.

CLEARS - Colby 21-30; Middlebury 24-31.

GOALIES - COLMLX11: Peter Reiley (64:18 minutes, 26 shots-16 saves, 10

GA); MIDMLAX: Ryan Deane (64:18, 27-18, 9).

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