Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Schedule & Results
MIDDLEBURY ADVANCES TO NESCAC FINAL WITH 8-7 WIN
COLLEGE MEN'S LACROSSE FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Tournament Semi-final
Middlebury 8 Tufts 7
At Medford, MA
Saturday, May 5, 2007
Game Box Score
|Matt Caple scored twice for the Jumbos
MEDFORD -- Middlebury College will play for its seventh straight
NESCAC men's lacrosse championship after defeating Tufts University,
8-7, in the semi-final round of the conference tournament on
Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
The Panthers (9-6) will face Wesleyan University for
the NESCAC championship on Sunday at noon, with the winner earning
an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The two teams will be
playing each other in the conference championship game for the
fourth straight year. Tufts, which falls to 12-3, will await a
possible at-large berth into the NCAA's.
Middlebury quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the
first five minutes against Tufts, with senior tri-captain Nick
Bastis (Old Greenwich CT) scoring and assisting goals. Jumbo
junior Matt Caple (Wellesley, MA) broke the run at 7:17 of
the first period and the score was 3-1 Panthers heading into the
Tufts rallied to score four straight goals overall,
with sophomore Clem McNally's (Farhills, NJ) man-up goal with
1:05 remaining in the half giving the Jumbos a 4-3 advantage.
Middlebury sophomore Mike Stone (Boston, MA) scored a clutch goal
with only six seconds left until halftime to knot things up at 4-4.
Stone's goal started a Middlebury four-goal run that
put the Panthers up 7-4 on Stone's second goal of the game at 3:15
of the third quarter. Caple netted his second of the game with 21
seconds left in the period to draw Tufts within 7-5.
Stone assisted Jim Cabrera (Old Greenwich, CT) on
Middlebury's last goal at 9:47 of the fourth quarter for an 8-5
advantage that they held into the final five minutes. McNally's
second goal at 4:52 made it 8-6, and then sophomore middie Chase
Bibby (Marblehead, MA) scored with just 27 seconds remaining to
make it a one-goal game. Tufts got possession after Middlebury wont
he face-off, but was unable to create a scoring opportunity.
This is the second straight season that Middlebury
has knocked Tufts out of the NESCAC Tournament in a one-goal game,
including last year's 12-11 triple overtime semi-final. On Saturday,
Bastis scored a goal with two assists for the Panthers, while senior
tri-captain Alex Palmisano (Southport, CT) made 13 saves for the
Senior tri-captain Mark Warner (Wading River, NY)
had two assists for the Tufts attack, while sophomore goalie Mark
Harrigan (Darnestown, MD) finished with 15 saves.