Men's Lacrosse Headed To Cortland For NCAA Quarters - Listen Live!

May 12, 2008

The Middlebury men's lacrosse team will travel to New York to take on Cortland State in an NCAA quarterfinal game on Wednesday, May 14th at 4:00 p.m. The winner of the game will meet the Ithaca/W. New England winner in a semifinal contest on Sunday, May 18th at a site to be determined.

Middlebury moved into the quarterfinal round after a 10-7 win over NESCAC foe Bowdoin. The Panthers went on a key 5-0 run midway through the game on their way to the victory on campus. Dave Campbell had a big day for the Panthers, scoring his second and third goals of the season, while winning 15 of 20 face-offs and a game-high dozen ground balls. Tom Petty and Skyler Hopkins also had two goals apiece, while James Guay picked up eight ground balls. Pete Britt made 14 saves in goal to earn the win.

Middlebury is making its 11th consecutive and 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The Panthers earned their way into the tournament with an at-large bid after falling 11-10 in overtime to Williams in the NESCAC semifinals. This marked the first time Middlebury didn't earn the NESCAC's automatic bid after winning the league's first seven championships.

The Panthers are 27-8 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in '96. Their .771 NCAA winning percentage is higher than any other team currently competing in Division III lacrosse. Middlebury has advanced to the NCAA title game in six of the last nine seasons, winning three straight NCAA crowns in '00, '01 and '02.

Middlebury opened the year with nine straight wins before suffering its first loss of the season, a 7-6 game to Trinity. The Panthers then ran off three more wins before falling in the NESCAC semi's. Middlebury has won some tight games this season, earning an 8-1 mark in NESCAC play. The Panthers have won their games by an average of 2.57 goals this season, with a pair of one-goal losses.

NESCAC Player of the Year Mike Stone leads the Panthers in goals with 27 this season, while ranking second with 21 assists for a team-high 48 points. The junior middie has a point in every game this season, including a stretch with 21 goals in seven games.

Pete Smith has been the squad's top assist man, owning 26 on the season. The sophomore also has 14 goals and 40 points on the year to go along with 42 ground balls. Smith has a point in every game this season, including 10 assists in a three-game span early in the year.

Senior Jim Cabrera and juniors Tom Petty and Matt Ferrer all have over 20+ goals on the season for the Panthers. Cabrera has nine in the last four games, Petty has netted seven in his last three contests, while Ferrer has one or more goals in each of his last six games.

Junior Dave Campbell has taken 73% of the team's face-offs this season, winning at a .538 clip. Junior defender James Guay leads the team with 87 ground balls on the year, followed by Campbell with 86. In goal, Peter Britt has played all 911 minutes this season, sporting a 7.64 GAA with a .584 save percentage.

Cortland received an automatic bid to the tourney after a 19-6 win over Geneseo in the SUNY Championship. The Red Dragons have won 12 straight games, with 10 of the 12 being by more than 10 goals. The '06 NCAA Champions appeared in the title game a year ago, and are 19-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.

Ryan Heath (50-44-94) leads the team in scoring this season, while Billy Fuchs (54-27-81) is close behind. Kyle Simensky (38-13-51) and Adam Hyde (23-15-38) round out the leading scorers, while Mike Robinson has a 6.15 GAA and a .581 save percentage. Josh Cittadino is .692 from the face-off X, while Chris DuLuca has won almost 71% of his face-offs.

2008 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament

Quarterfinals, Wednesday, May 14th
Middlebury (13-2) @ Cortland (16-1) - 4:00 p.m.
W. New England (15-4) @ Ithaca (16-2) - 2:00 p.m.
Cabrini (17-2) @ Salisbury (19-0) - 7:30 p.m.
Washington College (14-3) @ Gettysburg (16-2) - 3:00 p.m.

Semifinals, Sunday, May 18th - on campus sites
Middlebury/Cortland winner vs. WNEC/Ithaca winner
Cabrini/Salisbury winner vs. Washington/Gettysburg winner

NCAA Championship, Sunday, May 25th
Gillette Stadium - Foxboro, Mass.

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