Men's Lacrosse Ends Season In NCAA's

May 12, 2007

The men's lacrosse team saw its season come to an end with a 13-9 loss at Wesleyan in an NCAA second-round game. In the first two meetings between Wesleyan and Middlebury this year, Wesleyan took a 5-4 overtime decision during the regular season in Middlebury April 21. Two weeks later, the Panthers avenged the defeat with an 11-6 triumph during the NESCAC tournament finals at Tufts. The squads faced each other once before in NCAA play as Middlebury grabbed an 11-8 win in Vermont during the 2005 quarterfinals.

In this latest installment, the Cardinals jumped out to a 4-0 advantage before the game was eight minutes old as top-scorer sophomore Jason Ben-Eliyahu got it started with a sharp-angled bouncer from the right side 1:18 into the contest, his 34th goal of the year. Junior Grayson Connors netted the first of his four goals at 12:11 followed by freshman Lonnie Blumenthal and junior Dan Latzman. Middlebury settled in as sophomore defender James Guay and senior Will Simpson got goals before the end of the period to cut the gap in half.

With the score 5-3 midway through the second period, Connors got a great feed across the front of the net from senior Mike Hines to make it a 6-3 game at 7:28, igniting a five-goal run which gave Wesleyan a 10-3 cushion at halftime. When Connors opened the second-half scoring at 12:09 and added an assist on sophomore Adam Kirk's tally at 9:15, Wesleyan had the game's largest lead at 12-3.

Once the score reached 13-4 at the 5:13 mark of the third stanza, Middlebury came alive and scored the final five goals, two by junior Jim Cabrera who finished the year with a team-high 30 goals to go with 11 assists for 41 points. Sophomore Mike Stone, with a pair of goals, was right behind with 29 markers and 36 points while senior Nick Bastis added a goal and an assist for a 26-13-39 season.

Wesleyan senior goaltender Charlie Congleton collected 17 saves in a solid day's work, while Palmisano made nine stops for Middlebury.

Middlebury College SCORING: GOALS: Jim Cabrera 2; Mike Stone 2; Will Simpson 1; Nick Bastis 1; Peter Mellen 1; Tom Petty 1; James Guay 1. ASSISTS: Nick Bastis 1; Frank Granara 1; Peter Mellen 1; Tom Petty 1; Will Simpson 1; Pete Smith 1.

Wesleyan University SCORING: GOALS: Grayson Connors 4; Lonnie Blumenthal 2; Jon Killeen 2; Adam Kirk 2; Dan Latzman 2; Jason Ben-Eliyahu 1.
ASSISTS: Jason Ben-Eliyahu 2; Mike Hines 2; Lonnie Blumenthal 1; Grayson Connors 1; Jeff Strittmatter 1.