Middlebury, Vt. - The Middlebury College Panthers tallied the game's first nine goals and never looked back, handing the visiting Trinity College Bantams a 22-6 loss on Saturday in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup at Alumni Stadium. Trinity falls to 8-5 on the year and 3-5 in the NESCAC while the Panthers improve to 6-6 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Trinity is off until next Saturday when it hosts Colby at 7:00 p.m.
Middlebury exploded for all eight goals in the opening frame, starting the scoring 2:12 into the contest. Tyler Forbes sent a laser from the right side past Bantam sophomore goalie Brady Burke (Duxbury, Mass.) and Chase Goree followed with a tally just over a minute later. Will Brossman fired a shot from the top of the restraining box as the shot clock ticked down, giving the hosts a 3-0 cushion.
Jake Madnick won the ensuing face off and tallied 13 seconds later, before Forbes scored in transition following a turnover just 21 seconds after that. The Panthers tacked on three more goals before the end of the half for an 8-0 lead.
Jack Hoelzer gave the hosts a 9-0 edge with 1:51 expired in the second stanza on a bounce shot as the shot clock expired. Trinity junior Ben Ferrucci (Essex, Conn.) ended the shutout and put the visitors on the scoreboard with a man-up goal minutes later. After a tally by Forbes from the top of the crease, the Bantams recorded a pair of scores in the final 2:27 of the half to make it a 10-3 contest at the break. First-year Connor McCulloch (Alexandria, Va.) scored with 2:27 left in the third before Ferrucci's second goal of the afternoon with 18 seconds showing before the fourth quarter.
After a pair of Middlebury goals made it 12-3 to open the fourth, the Bantams used a three-goal run with sophomore Drew Kozub (Hopkinton, Mass.) assisting on the first and netting the next two to cut the margin to 12-6. Middlebury added the next two scores, making it a 14-6 game. The Panthers finished the game on a 10-0 run and the team's defense kept Trinity off the scoreboard for the final 21:22.
Kucinski led all players with seven points on four goals and three assists, while Forbes tallied five times with one helper. Goree found the back of the net four times, with Jack Gould adding two goals and two assists. Jake Madnick went 16-27 on face offs and collected a game-high seven ground balls. Kozub led the Bantams offensively with two goals and one assist, while Ferrucci scored twice. Sophomore Liam Fitzgerald (Skillman, N.J.) went 10-for-19 at the face-off dot and had five ground balls, with Burke adding five ground balls to go along with his nine saves.