Men's Lacrosse Ends Season In Quarters

May 17, 2006

A furious fourth quarter, six-goal rally by Middlebury wasn't enough to overcome Cortland State in an NCAA Quarterfinal contest, as the visiting Panthers fell 12-8. With the win, the Red Dragons, 16-3, advance to the NCAA semifinals. The Panthers end their season with a 13-4 mark, while head coach Erin Quinn, career record at Middlebury 202-38 (.842 winning percentage), steps away from his lacrosse coaching duties to assume his new role as director of athletics in July. During Coach Quinn's 15 seasons as head coach, he never had a losing season and he led the team to 10 NCAA tournament appearances in the last 11 seasons, while capturing all six NESCAC championships (2001-2006). Four seasons ago, his team won its third straight NCAA championship (2000, 2001, 2002).

Cortland State never trailed in the contest. The Red Dragons used goals by Ryan Heath and Adam Hyde, both assisted by Kyle Lambert, to take a 2-0 lead with 8:59 left in the first quarter. Middlebury would cut the lead to 2-1 when Jeff Pello scored an unassisted goal with 3:12 remaining in the quarter.

The Red Dragons extended their lead to 7-1 on a 5-0 run in the second which included three more scores by Lambert. The Panthers scored their second goal with 1:42 remaining as Henry Sheehan scored off a feed from Gabe Wood. Middlebury went into the half trailing 7-2.

With three more scores by Cortland State in the third quarter, Middlebury trailed 10-2 to start the fourth. A quick score by Jim Cabrera at 14:50 began the comeback. Nick Bastis added another at 10:56. The Red Dragons answered with a tally over a minute later to set the score at 11-4 for Cortland State with 9:17 remaining. The Panthers rallied to score the next four goals, including two more by Cabrera, cutting the lead to 11-8 with 1:42 remaining in the game. The Red Dragons won the ensuing face-off, and with Panther goalie Alex Palmisano out of his net to pressure the ball, scored an empty-net goal sealing the victory 12-8.

Cortland State was led by Lambert's four scores as Mike Abbott added three more and collected two assists while Heath tallied two scores and two assists. Cabrera's three scores led the Panthers while Travis Meyer scored one and assisted on two others. Ben Gable made 12 saves for Cortland State while Palmisano had 11 stops for Middlebury.

Middlebury.............. 1 1 0 6 - 8
Cortland State ......... 2 5 3 2 - 12

Middlebury SCORING:
GOALS: Jim Cabrera 3; Travis Meyer 1; Henry Sheehan 1; Aaron Herter 1; Nick Bastis 1; Jeff Pello 1.
ASSISTS: Travis Meyer 2; Henry Sheehan 1; Gabe Wood 1.

Cortland SCORING:
GOALS: Kyle Lambert 4; Mike Abbott 3; Ryan Heath 2; Adam Hyde 2; Tim Castoro 1.
ASSISTS: Ryan Heath 2; Kyle Lambert 2; Matt O'Connell 2; Mike Abbott 1; Ryan Simensky 1.

PENALTIES - MID 4/3:30; CORTLAND 4/3:30.
CLEARS - MID 13-19; CORTLAND 15-18.

GOALIES - MID: Alex Palmisano (60:00 minutes, 11 saves, 12 GA);
CORTLAND: Ben Gaebel (60:00, 12 saves, 8 GA).