Middlebury 13 Tufts 8

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2001
At Medford, Mass.

Middlebury (7-1, 4-0 NESCAC) 6 3 1 3 = 13
Tufts (5-4, 1-3 NESCAC) 3 1 1 3 = 8

Goals: T, Dan Kollar 3, David Supple 2, Jon Zissi 2, Alex Kerwin; M, Matt Dunn 3, Peter Albro 2, Jamie Haire 2, Holt Hopkins 2, Greg Bastis, Zach Herbert, Steve O’Neil, Bryan Sanchez.

Assists: T, Kerwin 2, Jim Mandler, Jack Palmer; M, Christopher Davis, Brian Gault, Hopkins, David Seeley.

Saves: T, Kirk Lutwyler 15; M, Eric Krieger 7.

MEDFORD – Junior midfielder Peter Albro (West Hartford, CT) scored two important early goals to help break open a close game and send the visiting Middlebury College Panthers to a 13-8 victory over the Tufts University Jumbos in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday afternoon.

After Tufts junior David Supple (Rowayton, CT) scored with 3:53 remaining in the first period to pull Tufts within 4-3, the Panthers scored the next three goals to create some space between the teams. Albro scored with one minute left in the first for a 5-3 lead, senior Bryan Sanchez (Fairfield, CT) scored 30 seconds later for a 6-3 lead at the end of one period, then Albro connected again at 7:24 of the second for a 7-3 margin.

Tufts sophomore Alex Kerwin (Bethesda, MD) closed the gap to 7-4 at 6:16 of the second, but Middlebury again used a three-goal spurt to take charge of the game. Senior All-American Holt Hopkins (Baltimore, MD) scored to give the Panthers a 10-4 lead early in the third quarter. The Jumbos got no closer than five the rest of the way.

Junior Matt Dunn (Kent, CT) scored three goals to lead a Middlebury attack that featured eight goal scorers. Hopkins and senior Jamie Haire (Summit, NJ) joined Albro with two each. Senior Dan Kollar (Middle Island, NY) led Tufts with three goals, giving him 133 for his career and pulling him within one of tying the team’s career record of 134 set by David Perry from 1993-96. Junior Jon Zissi (Winchester, MA) scored twice, including the game’s first goal to give Tufts a lead against the defending NCAA National Champions.

Junior Kirk Lutwyler (Ridgewood, NJ) made 15 saves in the Tufts net, while Middlebury freshman Eric Krieger (Princeton, NJ) earned the win with seven saves. The Panthers, ranked seventh nationally, improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC. Tufts dropped to 5-4 and 1-3.