Men's Lacrosse Wins Battle With Tufts

April 13, 2005

4/13/05 - Fifth-ranked Middlebury College earned a hard-fought 9-7 NESCAC lacrosse victory at #14 Tufts University on Wednesday night behind 18 saves from sophomore goalie Alex Palmisano and three goals by freshman Jim Cabrera.

The battle between the two NESCAC nationally ranked squads drew 600 fans to Bello Field in Medford, and the game matched the hype. Visiting Middlebury (7-1, 5-0 NESCAC) was able to stay one step ahead of the Jumbos (5-3, 2-3 NESCAC) for most of the game and take a clutch victory.

Tufts went out in front 1-0 on a goal by junior Dane Carillo, who started in place of injured All-American Bryan Griffin. Griffin played on man-up situations, but the Jumbos only had two in a clean game that included five penalties (four technicals).

Middlebury scored the next three goals, including two by senior Jamie Duke to lead 3-1. With time winding down in the first half, the Jumbos scored twice in the final 30 seconds. A nifty combination from junior Billy Granger to classmate Michael Hughes with just 0.3 seconds left until halftime made it 3-3.

The Panthers again were able to create some space by starting the second half with three unanswered goals including one by Cabrera at 6:30 of the third quarter for a 6-3 advantage. The Jumbos again mounted a comeback by scoring the next two goals to pull within 6-5 on the second of the game by senior Devin Clarke at 11:51 of the fourth.

The pattern would continue as Middlebury scored the next two goals to lead 8-5, but Tufts responded with two straight to narrow the gap to 8-7. Duke's second goal of the game at 6:29 of the fourth gave the Panthers a 9-7 lead and that's how it ended.

Palmisano was steady throughout the contest for Middlebury, making five saves in the first, second and third quarters. Tufts keeper Andy Starr finished with eight saves. Carillo led the Jumbos with three goals. Travis Meyer had a goal and two assists for Middlebury.

Middlebury (7-1, 5-0 NESCAC) 1 2 3 3 = 9 Tufts (5-3, 2-3 NESCAC) 1 2 1 3 = 7

Goals: M - Jim Cabrera 3, Jamie Duke 2, Travis Meyer 1, Mark Foster 1, Aaron Herter 1, Nick Bastis 1; T - Dane Carillo 3, Devin Clarke 2, Michael Hughes 1, Brett Holm 1.

Assists: M-Meyer 2, Jonathan Sisto 2; T - Billy Granger 2, Clarke 1.

Saves: M-Alex Palmisano (60:00-7 GA) 18 saves; T -Andy Starr (60:00-9 GA) 8 saves.

--courtesy Tufts--