Men's Lacrosse To Host Endicott In NCAA's

May 12, 2005

5/12/05 - Middlebury will make its eighth consecutive and ninth overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament this Saturday. The Panthers, will take on Endicott in a first-round match-up at 2:00 p.m. on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The game is one of eight first round contests taking place around the country. The winner will take on the winner of the Springfield/Wesleyan game in an NCAA Quarterfinal match-up on Wednesday, May 18th.

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 21-5 (.808), 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 (16-13-29), Travis Meyer (13-15-28), Mark Foster (17-9-26) and Dave Leach (14-9-23), while Peter Mellen wins 64% of his face-offs.  In goal, Alex Palmisano has a 7.24 goals against average.

Endicott makes its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Gulls advanced to the second round after an 11-10 win at Keene State on Wednesday. Endicott won the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship to earn their bid to this year's tourney. Kevin Lally (20-72-92) and Burt Fahy (65-24-89) lead the team in scoring, while Ryan Walsh has a 6.96 GAA in net.

These two teams have met only once, with Middlebury earning a 29-3 win in the first-round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament.