Men's Lacrosse Falls To Wesleyan

April 1, 2006

Wesleyan handed Middlebury its first home NESCAC loss in 11 years as the Cardinals pulled out a 10-7 victory on Kohn Field. The streak ran 49 games and dated back to a 9-8 triple overtime loss to Connecticut College in April of '95. The loss also snapped a 14-game NESCAC winning streak for the Panthers. Middlebury had defeated Wesleyan in each of the last two NESCAC Championship games, as well as the NCAA Quarterfinals a year ago. The three losses in a season for the Panthers are the most since the '97 team finished at 11-3.

The game saw six lead changes as Middlebury struck first with a goal at 13:31 of the first quarter when Henry Sheehan found the back of the net. Wesleyan scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead to begin the back-and-forth battle.

In the second, the Panthers tied the game at two when Aaron Herter scored with a feed from Sheehan at 13:31. The Cardinals regained the lead 3-2 with a goal at the 11:20 mark when Jason Ben-Eliyahu scored. The Panthers took their second lead at 4-3 by scoring the next two goals, both assisted by Sheehan. Wesleyan fought back and regained the advantage with their own pair of goals, including a man-up score by Mike Vitulano, that gave the Cardinals a 5-4 lead at the half.

Another pair of goals by the Panthers, including one by Herter that was assisted by Sheehan, gave them their next lead at 6-5 with 12:30 remaining in the third quarter. The Cardinals were up to the task and tied the game at six apiece later in the third as Russell Follansbee scored with an assist from Grayson Connors at the 3:43 mark. The two Cardinals reversed their scoring roles with just 32 seconds remaining in the third as Follansbee set up Connors to make the score 7-6 in favor of Wesleyan.

In the fourth, Middlebury tied the game at seven-all when Travis Meyer scored at the 9:40 mark. Wesleyan answered, scoring two goals in 19 seconds as Alex Kaufman scored and Follansbee scored to build a two-goal lead at 9-7. Follansbee later sealed the victory scoring on an open net with 1:22 remaining as Middlebury's goalie Alex Palmisano left the cage to try and pressure the Cardinals.

Wesleyan's Follansbee led all scorers with three goals as Connors and Ben-Eliyahu each netted two to lead the Cardinals. Aaron Herter paced the Panthers with two goals while Sheehan had one score and four assists.



Wesleyan........................ 2 3 2 3 - 10

Middlebury....................... 1 3 2 1 - 7

Wesleyan SCORING:
GOALS: Russell Follansbee 3; Grayson Connors 2; Jason Ben-Eliyahu 2; Mike Hines 1; Alex Kaufman 1; Mike Vitulano 1.

ASSISTS: Glenn Adams 1; Grayson Connors 1; Russell Follansbee 1; Chris Jasinski 1.

Middlebury SCORING:
GOALS: Aaron Herter 2; Henry Sheehan 1; J.P. Coviello 1; Travis Meyer 1; Jeff Pello 1; John Sales 1.

ASSISTS: Henry Sheehan 4; Nick Bastis 1.

SHOTS - WES 25; MID 48.
PENALTIES - WES 1/1:00; MID 2/1:30.
FACEOFFS - WES 7-21; MID 14-21.
CLEARS - WES 16-31; MID 15-19.

GOALIES - WES: Charlie Congleton (60:00 minutes, 19 saves, 7GA);

MID: Alex Palmisano (60:00, 6 saves, 10 GA).