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Middlebury College 11, #15 Connecticut College 4

Middlebury College 11, #15 Connecticut College 4
NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Middlebury College defense surrendered just two goals over the final three quarters of action in an 11-4 victory at Connecticut College Saturday.

The Camels had scored 29 goals in their first two games of the season with their diversified offensive attack. 

The Panthers improve their record to 3-0 with an unblemished mark of 2-0 in the NESCAC. The 15th ranked Camels slip to 2-1 and are 2-1 in league play.

Freshman Jon Broome (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) had three goals and an assist to lead the visitors offensively. Andrew Metros (Kings Point, N.Y.) had a hat-trick with three goals for the Panthers. Senior Stew Kerr (Lake Forest, Ill.) sandwiched a pair of goals around an assist for the winning side. 

Senior specialist Brian Foster (Medfield, Mass.) won 10-of-17 face-offs to go with his game-high six ground balls. Junior Nate Gaudio (Cheshire, Conn.) made nine saves in his third win of the season for the Panthers.

Connecticut College received goals from Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.), Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.), Pat Leary (Troy, Mich.) and Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.). Brenda Schrader (Annapolis, Md.) was 7-for-14 in the trenches and collected three ground balls. 

Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) collected 10 of his 12 saves in the opening half of action in his first collegiate start for Connecticut College.

The Camels built a 2-1 lead after one and extended their advantage when Leary unloaded with a goal 1:15 into the second. But the Panthers responded by scoring the next three goals in the quarter as a part of a 4-0 run. 

Metros dodged his defender for a goal from the right side of the box with 8:59 remaining. Then with 4:07 to play, Broome collected a rebounded shot with a ground ball and flipped in the equalizer to even things up at 3. With 26.1 seconds left before the intermission, Stew Kerr rifled one home from the left side with the assist coming from Erich Pfeffer (Glastonbury, Conn.) and the Panthers carried a 4-3 advantage into the break.

The Panthers outscored the Camels 2-1 in the third period. With 4:17 remaining, Kerr made a nice feed to Broome from behind the cage for a goal.  Middlebury dominated the fourth quarter of action tacking on five more goals to close out the 11-4 triumph. 

Joel Blockowicz (Potomac, Md.) and Metros scored 1:57 apart to push the lead to 8-4 with 11:37 left and the visitors continued to pull away for the 11-4 triumph.

Middlebury College held a 31-to-22 advantage in shots and won the ground ball war by a 29-to-25 margin. 

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