Men's Lacrosse Wins At Springfield

March 19, 2008

Middlebury moved to 3-0 on the season as they picked up a 12-6 road win at Springfield. The Panthers wasted no time scoring the game's first goal as Frank Granara found the back of the cage just 13 seconds into the contest. A goal from Bart Witmer off a feed from Pete Smith gave the Panthers a two-goal advantage with just under nine minutes left in the first period.

On the ensuing possession, Kyle Louer, from behind the cage, found Chris Sharpe in the middle of the field. Sharpe fired the ball past Middlebury keeper Pete Britt to give the Pride it's first goal of the game. Five minutes later, Chris Jez knotted the game at two off Jake Beebe's first assist of the game. Middlebury's Mike Stone put the visitors up 3-2 after the first period of the play after he scored his first goal of the afternoon with a minute and a half remaining.

Beebe connected with Joe Heney , who scored to tie the game at three 5:13 into the second period. The Pride took its first lead of the game at the 7:59 mark when Jez netted his second of the game, this time an unassisted mark. The Panthers tied the game at four when Dave Campbell's shot deflected off a Springfield defender's stick and found the back of the cage 38 seconds later. With 4:50 on the clock, Beebe found a wide-open Tyler Montgomery, who made no mistake as he slipped a shot into the cage from six yards out, giving SC a 5-4 advantage. Matt Ferrer's goal tied the game at five heading into halftime after he finished a feed from Stone with 1:23 on the clock.

Beebe found the back of the cage just over two minutes into the third quarter after he wrapped around the cage and found the back of the net while falling to the ground, breaking a five-all tie. That would be the last time Springfield would light up the scoreboard as the Panthers held Springfield scoreless for the final 27:36. In that span, Middlebury netted seven unanswered goals en route to the 12-6 victory.

Skyler Hopkins netted a pair of goals to go along with an assist in the run to lead the Panthers to the victory. Stone led the way with two goals and three assists for a game-high five points. Beebe dished out three assists to go along with a goal for Springfield.

Tom Albano made 15 saves in goal for Springfield while Britt made nine stops for Middlebury.