Men's Lax Opens Season With Win Over Springfield

March 15, 2005

3/16/05 - The Middlebury College men's lacrosse team opened up its 2005 season with a 9-7 win over <?xml:namespace prefix = "st1" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Springfield College on Kohn Field. The Panthers are ranked third in the latest Division III national poll.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Springfield led 1-0 before the Panthers went on a four-goal run to take a 4-1 lead midway through the second quarter. The teams exchanged goals before Middlebury took a 5-2 lead into the halftime break.

Jim Cabrera opened the second half scoring for Middlebury at the 4:46 mark, before Steve Krasco and Craig Gibson answered 37 seconds apart to make it a 6-4 game. Cabrera scored his second goal of the quarter with 1:38 left to increase the advantage to 7-4 after three quarters.

Springfield opened the fourth quarter scoring, before goals from Cabrera and Dave Leach gave the Panthers a comfortable 9-5 lead with 3:46 remaining. The Pride hung tough and scored a pair of man-up goals in the game's last 1:09 to make it a 9-7 final.

Cabrera led Middlebury with three goals on the afternoon, while Travis Meyer scored a pair and dished out three assists. Leach scored two and earned one assist in the win. Adam Cost and Shawn Cofrin each had a pair of goals to lead Springfield.

Alex Palmisano made nine saves in goal to earn the win for the Panthers, while Kyle Cloutier made 13 saves for the Pride.

Date: March 16, 2005 - 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Kohn Field - Site: Middlebury, Vt.

TEAM  1  2  3  4  OT  F

Springfield (0-3)  1  1  2  3  -  7

Middlebury (1-0)  3  2  2  2  -  9

Middlebury Scoring: Travis Meyer 2-3, Jim Cabrera 3-0, Dave Leach 2-1, Jon Sisto 1-0, Henry Sheehan 1-0, Aaron Herter 0-1, Chip Campbell 0-1.

Springfield scoring: Taylor Brown 1-2, Craig Gibson 1-2, Shawn Cofrin 2-0, Adam Cost 2-0, Steve Krasco 1-0, Chris Sharpe 0-1.

Shots: Springfield 32, Midd. 25

Man-Up: Midd. 1/1, Springfield 3/4

Face-offs: Springfield 20, Midd. 8


M-Alex Palmisano (60 min., 9 saves, 7 GA)

S-Kyle Cloutier (60 min., 13 saves, 9 GA)