MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Junior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) netted a hat trick and classmate Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) made 14 saves between the pipes as the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team rallied to defeat Middlebury by an 8-6 score on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
In a game that featured three ties and four lead changes, Connecticut College erased a two-goal deficit and took a 5-4 lead early in the fourth quarter by getting a pair of man-up goals just 1:43 apart. Sophomore Maxx Trotsky (Marblehead, Mass.) tied the game with 1:18 left in the third quarter before Foster finished a pass from junior PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) just 25 seconds into the final frame to give the Camels their first lead since the opening minutes of the contest.
Middlebury (1-1, NESCAC 1-1), which knocked off nationally-ranked Bates on its home turf last week, regained the lead by getting a man-up goal of its own and then having A.J. Kucinski find the back of the net to make it 6-5 with 4:55 left in the third. The Camels, however, won the ensuing faceoff and netted an equalizer just nine seconds later to regain momentum.
Trotsky then scored to seize the lead back with 2:20 remaining in the third, and Kelleher added insurance with a marker in the opening minutes of the fourth. Hill most notably turned away five shots to keep the Panthers off the board for the last 15 minutes, allowing the Camels to escape with their sixth victory over Middlebury in 32 tries.
Foster and Trotsky scored three and two goals, respectively, to lead the offense for Connecticut College, which had a 35-33 edge in total shots attempted. Sophomore Courtney Morgan (South Windsor, Conn.) caused two turnovers, and Hill scooped up six ground balls while making 14 saves on 20 tries for the second time in as many games against a NESCAC opponent.
Henry Riehl scored twice for Middlebury and also scooped up three ground balls. Michael McCormack and Kucinski each factored into a pair of goals, while Charles Midgley made 12 stops between the pipes.
Connecticut College (3-0, NESCAC 2-0) next travels to face Transylvania in Baltimore on the campus of Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday at noon.