Men's Lax To Host Quarterfinal Game

May 16, 2005

5/16/05 - Middlebury is in its eighth consecutive and ninth overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The Panthers will host Wesleyan on Wednesday, May 18th  at 4:00 p.m. on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The winner of the game will take on the winner of the Nazareth/Cortland quarterfinal contest. If Middlebury wins, they would host the semifinal contest on Saturday or Sunday.

Middlebury advanced to the NCAA title game from '99-03, winning three straight NCAA crowns in '00, '01 and '02. The Panthers lost their first title game in '99, before falling in the '04 semifinals to <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Nazareth.

This season, the Panthers earned the right to play in the tournament with a 9-5 win over Wesleyan in the NESCAC Championship game. Middlebury has an overall tournament record of 22-5 (.815), boasting the highest winning percentage in tournament history of any team still competing in Division III.

Leading Middlebury's scoring attack this season have been Jim Cabrera (33-13-46), Henry Sheehan (16-18-34), Mark Foster (20-9-29), Travis Meyer (13-16-29) and Dave Leach (16-9-25), while Peter Mellen wins 66% of his face-offs.  In goal, Alex Palmisano has a 7.56 goals against average.

Wesleyan is making its first NCAA appearance after earning one of two at-large bids to the tournament. The Cardinals advanced to the quarterfinals with a come-from-behind victory at Springfield on Saturday. Trailing 7-2 in the third quarter, Wesleyan scored eight unanswered goals to come away with a 10-7 win.

Leading the team in scoring this season are Glenn Adams (19-28-47), Chris Knacke (31-14-45), Chris Meade (32-9-41), Mike Hines (26-10-36) and Jordan Funt (17-18-35). In goal, Charlie Congleton has a 7.34 GAA.

This will be the 28th all-time meeting between Middlebury and Wesleyan, with the Panthers holding a 16-10-1 advantage. Middlebury earned a 9-5 win over the Cardinals in the '05 NESCAC Championship, while picking up a 12-7 win in the '04 title game. The Panthers have won the last 12 meetings.