MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton boys lacrosse team showed on Wednesday that they don't just have the bite of the Bulldogs but will of a champion, in their 12-10 win against Middlebury.

Midway through the third quarter, the Bulldogs looked like they had their bite taken away from them as Middlebury held a commanding 7-4 lead over the defending Division II state champions.

The fire in the BBA fight grew, though, after coach Jason Pergament called a time out and the will of a champion began to show in the play from the Bulldogs from there on out.

Getting the Bulldogs going was senior Will Baker, who after getting shutout in the first half, was able to score his first goal of the game off a nice pass from fellow senior Max Pagnucco to lower the BBA deficit to two.

A few minutes later, Pagnucco went from dishing out assists to scoring goals for the Bulldogs, firing a shot into the bottom of the net to put BBA within one.

Then just seconds later, senior Ray Gormley won the face-off for BBA and streaked right down the field to find Pagnucco who zipped a laser right past the Middlebury goaltender into the top right-hand corner of the net for his third goal of the game, and just like that it was a tie game.

"I actually just wanted to keep possession of the ball, that's why I called the timeout, but it did allow us fix some things we were doing on the field," Pergament said. "We went to a zone defense that shut down Middlebury and allowed us to get the ball more on offense. We then started finishing on our scoring opportunities with goals and it was great to see us come back to win the game."


With the game now tied and the seconds ticking down in the third quarter, the Bulldogs were able to take their first lead of the game when junior Carter Vickers drove right in front of the net and slapped in his fourth goal of the afternoon, giving BBA a 8-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Vickers was back at it again for BBA to start the fourth quarter, dodging a couple of Middlebury defenders and then flinging a shot while in mid-air into the net to give the Bulldogs a tow goal lead.

"I was finally able to find the back of the net today," Vickers said. "The past couple of games I haven't been able finish much on my scoring opportunities, but today I was able to and happy that I was able to help the team get the win."

Vickers finished with a game-high five goals on the day for BBA and also dished out two assists as well.

All of a sudden now leading by two, it looked BBA had all the momentum and their fifth win of the season in their grasp, but Middlebury had other plans.

The Tigers scored two goals in the span of the two minutes and once again the game was all tied up.

That didn't last long though when senior Scott Trudel, off a nifty pass from Pagnucco, slammed home his first goal of the afternoon and BBA was back in front with four minutes to go.

BBA junior Sean Apps looks for a teammate to make a pass to during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against Middlebury. The Bulldogs improved to
BBA junior Sean Apps looks for a teammate to make a pass to during the first quarter of Wednesday's game against Middlebury. The Bulldogs improved to 5-2 on the season with their 12-10 win over Middlebury. (steven bassin — bennington banner |

Making sure Middlebury didn't have another comeback in them to tie the game up again, Baker again stepped up for the Bulldogs.

The senior, off another great pass from Pagnucco who had a team-high four assists on the afternoon, slammed home his second goal of the game to extend the BBA lead to two and then a few seconds later poked in his third goal of the contest that sealed the deal for the Bulldogs.

"We had a sluggish start offensively, but we were able to pick things up in the second half," Pagnucco said. "We started rotating through offensive sets better in the second half and once we got the momentum on our side when we came back in the third quarter, everybody just started feeding off each other and it was just fun to be a part of this comeback win."

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 5-2 on the season.

BBA will now have a couple days off before they travel to do battle against South Burlington on Monday at 4 p.m.