Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
BIBBY'S OT GOAL LIFTS JUMBOS TO NESCAC REGULAR
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
Tufts 7 Middlebury 6 ot
At Medford, MA
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Game Box Score
MEDFORD -- Sophomore Chase Bibby (Marblehead, MA) scored 1:45
into the first overtime period to lift the ninth-ranked Tufts
University men's lacrosse team to its first-ever NESCAC
regular-season title with a 7-6 victory over Middlebury College on
Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
The Jumbos earned a bye for the first round of the conference
tournament that starts tomorrow, and will host the semi-finals and
championship game next weekend (May 5-6). Tufts and Wesleyan both
finished the NESCAC season with 8-1 records, but the Jumbos beat the
Cardinals 9-6 on March 24.
With the victory, the Jumbos defeated the Panthers for the first
time in 40 years, ending a 29-game losing streak. The last Tufts
victory came during the 1967 season by an 8-5 score.
Bibby's goal decided another hard-fought NESCAC contest for the
Jumbos, who improved to 12-2 overall. They got a strong game from
sophomore goaltender Matt Harrigan (Darnestown, MD), who made
16 saves. Middlebury earned the sixth seed in the conference
tournament with a 4-5 NESCAC finish (7-6 overall). Four of their
five conference losses came in overtime.
The teams were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period, and Tufts
led 3-2 at the intermission after junior Matt Caple (Wellesley,
MA) scored with 1:19 remaining in the second period. The
Panthers scored the first three goals of the second half to go ahead
5-3 at 3:40 of the third quarter when senior tri-captain Nick Bastis
(Old Greenwich, CT) scored The Jumbos responded with a three-goal
run of their own and led 6-5 after senior Chris Connelly (Wilton,
CT) scored with 10:27 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Tufts held that lead into the final minute when Middlebury sophomore
Mike Stone (Boston, MA) scored a miraculous goal while lying on the
turf with 47 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 6-6.
Middlebury gained possession and called time-out late in the fourth,
but it did not result in any chances.
In overtime, Tufts was awarded the face-off on a
Middlebury infraction and soon Bibby was scoring one of the biggest
goals in the team's history.
The statistics favor Middlebury, which held a 41-26 edge in shots,
24-15 in ground balls and won 12 of the 17 face-offs. However, the
Jumbos got a solid game from Harrigan and two goals apiece from
Bibby and classmate Clem McNally (Farhills, NJ). Stone scored
three times for the Panthers, and senior goalie Alex Palmisano
(Southport, CT) made eight saves for the Panthers, who will play at
Trinity in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament tomorrow.
JumboCast audio of game-winning goal: