Men's Lacrosse Drops Game At Williams

April 24, 2007

The men's lacrosse team dropped its second straight game as the Panthers fell 10-6 at Williams. Middlebury will wrap up its regular season at Tufts on Saturday as they battle to earn a first round home game in the NESCAC Tourney on Sunday.

Williams' Michael Gerbush made 17 saves Tuesday night as Williams posted its first victory over Middlebury since the 1993 season with a 10-6 decision at Renzie Lamb Field.

Chris Merwin scored three times for the Ephs, who improved to 7-4 overall, 5-3 in NESCAC play. Middlebury fell to 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the conference. Jim Cabrera had a pair of goals for Middlebury.

Williams would never trail during the contest. Richard Reuter of Williams got his squad on the scoreboard first, after which Rory Sanborn scored one of his own to tie the score at one early in the first quarter.

Neither team would score for the next 10 minutes of play. With just under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, Chris Merwin scored the first of his three goals on the day to give Williams a lead it would never relinquish. The Ephs would score three more after that, amassing a 5-1 lead, before Middlebury would score again.

Mike Stone assisted Jim Cabrera to give the Panthers the first goal of the second half. The teams would then trade goals before Williams went on another scoring run. Mike Vrla scored twice in a row for Williams as the Ephs went on a three-goal run that lasted into the fourth quarter. Dixon Hargrove assisted Richard Reuter to bring the Williams lead to 9-3 with just seven minutes remaining in the game.

However, Middlebury would not go out without a fight. Three different Panthers would score the next three goals to bring it to 9-6 with just under three minutes.

However, Williams would keep Middlebury off the board for the remainder of the game, and Chris Merwin scored again to put the game away for the Ephs.

Both goalies, Alex Palmisano of Middlebury and Mike Gerbush of Williams, made 17 saves. Middlebury maintained a slight 25-20 advantage on ground balls, while Williams outshot the Panthers 41-39. Middlebury won the face-off battle, winning 11 of 18 draws.