Men's Lacrosse Slips By Bowdoin In OT

April 16, 2005

4/16/05 -Dave Leach scored with 1:47 left in overtime to lift Middlebury past Bowdoin at Alumni Stadium. The game-winner was set up by a ground ball picked up by Leach, who ran past a Polar Bear defender and snapped a hard, low one-hopper that found the back of the net to end a back-and-forth game between two nationally ranked teams. Middlebury is ranked fifth in the latest Division III poll while Bowdoin is ranked 12th.

Today's game was the first at Alumni Stadium since the Panthers played a NCAA semifinal game last May. The Polar Bears looked comfortable on the grass surface tallying the game's first goal when Alex Weaver scored from in close on a man-up advantage. The Panthers took a 2-1 advantage later in the quarter, before Bowdoin's Connor Fitzgerald scored two of his game high six goals, to give the Polar Bears a 3-2 lead after one quarter. The second quarter had only one goal, a game-tying shot by Middlebury's Jamie Duke with 6:10 on the clock.

Bowdoin took an early lead in the third when Fitzgerald struck again at the 14:05 mark. Middlebury fought back to tie it at four when Aaron Herter dodged right and snuck a shot in under the crossbar. Fitzgerald picked up the ensuing ground ball from the face-off and ran in uncontested for the go-ahead goal just 14 seconds later. Ford Baker added to the Polar Bear lead at the 6:37 mark of the third quarter to give Bowdoin a 6-4 lead. The Panthers then went on a three-goal run to take a 7-6 lead. The final goal of the third quarter  was set up by Fitzgerald when he found Phil Stern on the door step with just 10 seconds left in the quarter to tie the game at seven.

Bowdoin struck twice to start the fourth quarter as Fitzgerald and Andy Nelson scored to build a two-goal lead at 9-7.  The Panthers scored the next three goals to reclaim the lead.  Jonathan Sisto scored on a man-up while Nick Bastis scored on a man-down for Middlebury to tie the game.  Meyer scored the final goal to make the score 10-9 with 5:43 left in regulation. With just over two minutes in the game, the Polar Bears had a two-man advantage and the ball. As the second penalty ended at 1:02, Fitzgerald scored his sixth goal of the game to tie it at 10 to force overtime.   

Three Panthers, Herter, Duke, and Meyer led Middlebury with two goals apiece, while Jim Cabrera had three assists. Fitzgerald had six goals and three assists and Kevin Mullins added three assists for Bowdoin. Alex Palmisano made 10 saves in goal to earn the win, while Charlie Legg made 15 saves for the Polar Bears.

Date: April 16, 2005 - 1:00 p.m.

Venue: Alumni Stadium - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM  1  2  3  4  OT  F

Bowdoin (7-3)  3  0  4  3  0  10

Middlebury (8-1)  2  1  4  3  1  11

Middlebury Scoring:  Jim Cabrera 0-3, Aaron Herter 2-0, Jamie Duke 2-0, Travis Meyer 2-0, Nick Bastis 1-1, Jonathan Sisto 1-1, Dave Leach 1-0, Mark Foster 1-0, Henry Sheehan 1-0.

Bowdoin Scoring: Connor Fitzgerald 6-3, Kevin Mullins 0-3, Phil Stern 1-1, Andy Nelson 1-0, Ford Barker 1-0, Alex Weaver 1-0.

Shots: Midd. 48, Bow. 27

Man-Up: Midd. 2/4, Bow. 2/5

Face-offs: Midd. 16, Bow. 8


M-Alex Palmisano (62 23 mins., 10 saves, 10 GA)

B-Charlie Legg (62 23 mins., 15 saves, 11 GA)