Men's Lacrosse Falls To Wesleyan In Overtime

April 21, 2007

Wesleyan's Russ Follansbee scored the game-winner just 23 seconds into overtime, giving the visiting Cardinals a 5-4 victory over Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Kohn Field. The Panthers won the overtime face-off and managed a quick shot before the 5th ranked Cardinals got control of the ball. The eighteenth-ranked Panthers suffered their third NESCAC defeat, all in overtime, falling to 4-3 in conference play and 7-4 overall. The Cardinals improve to 13-1 on the season and 7-1 in NESCAC action. Middlebury will wrap-up their regular season with two road games, at Williams on Tuesday and at Tufts on Saturday. Wesleyan hosts Bates in their final regular-season game on Saturday.

Wesleyan started the scoring when Follansbee picked up a groundball deep in Middlebury territory and snuck a shot past goalie Alex Palmisano at the 10:13 mark in the first quarter. The Panthers tied it at one apiece on a man-up goal by Nick Bastis with 7:19 remaining. Middlebury took a 2-1 lead at the 5:35 mark with a Tom Petty wrap-around shot from the left side that beat Cardinal goalie Charlie Congleton. The lone second quarter goal by Wesleyan's Jason Ben-Eliyahu tied the game at 2-2 going into halftime.

Neither team managed to score in the third, but a late penalty gave Wesleyan a man-up advantage, and the ball, to start the fourth. Middlebury fought off the penalty only to commit a second one seconds later. With 13:45 left, Mike Hines scored the man-up goal on a bounce shot from the right side, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

Just under two minutes later the Panthers tied the game at three, when a Skyler Hopkins tally from the right side snuck in under the crossbar. Middlebury took a 4-3 lead with 10:02 remaining when Mike Stone scored a man-up goal with a nice assist from Bastis. Wesleyan's Chris Jasinski scored driving in from the right side with only 22 seconds remaining, forcing the game into overtime.

Bastis and Stone each had a goal and an assist, while Petty and Hopkins both added a goal for the Panthers. Follansbee's game-high two goals and Jasinski's goal and an assist led Wesleyan. Palmisano was in net for the entire 60:23 for Middlebury, making 13 saves and allowing five goals. Congleton also played 60:23 in net, allowing four goals and making 10 stops for Wesleyan.

Wesleyan............ 1 1 0 2 1 - 5
Middlebury.......... 2 0 0 2 0 - 4

Wesleyan SCORING: GOALS: Russ Follansbee 2; Chris Jasinski 1; Mike Hines 1; Jason Ben-Eliyahu 1.
ASSISTS: Grayson Connors 1; Chris Jasinski 1.

Middlebury SCORING: GOALS: Nick Bastis 1; Mike Stone 1; Tom Petty 1; Skyler Hopkins 1.
ASSISTS: Nick Bastis 1; Pete Smith 1; Mike Stone 1.

SHOTS - WES 34; MID 39.
PENALTIES - WES 4/2:30; MID 5/4:00.
FACEOFFS - WES 5-12; MID 7-12.
CLEARS - WES 21-26; MID 15-24.

WES: Charlie Congleton (60:23 minutes, 10 saves, 4 GA);
MID: Alex Palmisano (60:23 minutes, 13 saves, 5 GA).

Start time: 1:00 pm

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