Men's Lacrosse Tops Skidmore

April 16, 2008

Middlebury jumped out to a 6-0 lead and fought off a late surge by Skidmore, winning 8-5 in the non-conference match-up on Wednesday afternoon. It was the first ever men's lacrosse contest between the two schools, which are separated by less than 90 miles. With the win, Middlebury improved to 10-1 on the season, posting their 14th consecutive season of 10 or more wins. The Panthers return to action on Saturday, travelling to NESCAC rival Wesleyan for a game featuring the top two teams in the conference.

Middlebury started their 6-0 run in the first quarter off a feed by Mike Stone to Pete Smith who collected the pass in front of the Skidmore net for the goal at the 11:07 mark. Stone increased the lead later in the quarter cutting in from the left side for a 2-0 advantage. Frank Granara capped the first quarter scoring with 2:42 left with another doorstep goal off an assist by Tom Petty. Matt Ferrer kept the run going with a goal early in the second quarter before Chris Teves' driving shot from 10 yards out with 8:19 left in the first half built a 5-0 lead heading into intermission.

Stone finished run with 6:55 remaining in the third quarter driving left from the dodging spot for the six goal advantage. Matt Levesque ended a 38:43 scoring drought for the Thoroughbreds on a man-up goal at the 6:17 mark in the quarter. Levesque tacked on the next two goals for Skidmore, including his third goal of the game with only :02 remaining in the third, cutting the Panther advantage to 6-3 heading into the fourth.

The Thoroughbreds kept the pressure on when Tyler Arnot's tally cut the lead to 6-4 with 9:35 left to play. Smith answered for Middlebury less than a minute later, with a driving shot that got past Skidmore goalie John Capitani for a three goal lead. With 4:34 left in the game, Cory Barkoff muscled his way deep into the crease, fending off a pair of Panthers and slipped one past Middlebury's Pete Britt, cutting Middlebury's lead to 7-5. With 2:13 left in the game, Smith's third goal gave the Panthers an 8-5 advantage. In the final minute, Britt stopped a shot by Levesque and the Panthers maintained possession as time expired, sealing the win.

Smith led the Panthers with three goals, as Stone netted a pair and assisted on another, while Levesque's three goals topped the scoring for Skidmore. Britt made 12 saves on the day for Middlebury as Capitani stopped 15 shots for the Thoroughbreds.

Skidmore SCORING:
GOALS: Matt Levesque 3; Cory Barkoff 1; Tyler Arnot 1.
ASSISTS: Matt Campbell 1; Nick Coppola 1.

Middlebury SCORING:
GOALS: Pete Smith 3; Mike Stone 2; Matt Ferrer 1; Frank Granara 1; Chris Teves 1.
ASSISTS: Tom Petty 1; Mike Stone 1.

SKIDMORE: John Capitani (60:00 minutes, 15 saves, 8 GA)MIDDLEBURY: Peter Britt (60:00 minutes, 12 saves, 5 GA).