#14 Middlebury 8 Connecticut College 6 Kleintz Nets Five Goals in Home Opener for Camels

#14 Middlebury 8 Connecticut College 6 Kleintz Nets Five Goals in Home Opener for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Junior midfielder Parker Lawlor (Carlsbad, Calif.) scored two of his three goals in the fourth quarter to lead the 14th ranked Middlebury College men's lacrosse team to an 8-6 victory at Connecticut College Sunday.

Lawlor posted a team-best four points with three goals and an assist for the Panthers. Senior Jake Schneider (New York, N.Y.) scored twice while sophomore Jack Gould (Prides Crossing, Mass.) registered a goal and an assist for the winning side. Jake Madnick (Glastonbury, Conn.) posted five wins at the X to go with his three ground balls.

Junior Eric Rogers (Lebanon, N.J.) recorded three caused turnovers. Senior net-minder Will Ernst (San Francisco, Calif.) made seven saves in the opening half of play. Will Perry (Roanoke, Va.)  stopped two shots in relief duty.
 
Connecticut College junior attackman Jackson Kleintz (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored five goals to lead the Camels on offense in his first game in the Whaling City. Rookie attackman Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) scored his first goal in a Camel uniform. Sophomore PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) dished out three assists in the contest while junior Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) finished with two assists for the Camels. 
 
Junior All-American Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 13-of-18 face-offs to go with six ground balls. Senior Alex Calabro (Newton, Mass.) chipped in with four ground balls and a caused turnover. Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) finished with 12 saves between the pipes.
 
Kleintz scored a pair of goals in the opening period to vault the Camels out to a 2-1 advantage after one. In the second quarter, the Panthers pulled even when Ernst delivered a pass the length of the field to Henry Riehl (Baltimore, Md.) who flicked one in just 43 seconds in the quarter to even the score at two. But Mscisz answered for the Camels just 49 seconds later, burying a low shot off the turf from the left side of the box to put the Camels on top 3-2. However, with 10:27 remaining, the Panthers pulled even again when Wes Quinzani (Duxbury, Mass.) scored and the two teams were tied up in a 3-3 game at the half.
 
Kleintz scored his third goal 1:49 into the second half. Kelleher executed with a wraparound move and connected with Kleintz out in front to clinch the hat-trick. But Middlebury scored three of the next four goals. The visitors took their first lead with 1:40 remaining when senior John Simms (Hunt Valley, Md.) delivered a pass to Schneider in a 2-on-1 situation on the keeper. Schneider one-timed one past Hill from point blank range and the Panthers had a 6-5 lead after three.
 
In the fourth quarter, Kevin Schirmacher (Massapequa, N.Y.) assisted Kleintz on his fourth goal of the day for the Camels with 13:50 remaining to force the sixth and final tie of the contest. But with 8:10 remaining, the Panthers took the lead for good. Gould threaded the needle with a perfect pass to Lawlor, who took the feed in a full sprint on the right side of the box and flicked in what would prove to be the game-winner.  Hill made a nice stick saves on a low shot by Harry Giarrusso (Hingham, Mass.) with 5:33 remaining to keep the game close. But the Camels could not get any closer and Lawlor tacked on another goal with 26.5 seconds left to close out the victory for the visitors.