Men's Lacrosse Wins Tight One At Conn.

March 15, 2008

Middlebury College earned a 3-2 victory at Connecticut College in a closely contested defensive battle played on Silfen Field in New London, Connecticut. Skyler Hopkins put in what would prove to be the game winner with 12:07 remaining in regulation. Jim Cabrera and Tom Petty contributed goals for the Panthers.

Craig Audin and Mark Mangano provided goals for the Camels, who had battled back from a two goal deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. Mark Moran had five of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter, keeping the game close.

After a scoreless first period of play, the Panthers got on the board just before the intermission, taking advantage of an extra man opportunity. Mike Stone dished to Cabrera who buried a one-timer and the visitors had a 1-0 lead at the half.

Petty doubled the lead for the Panthers 2:08 into the third quarter, finishing on a feed from Matt Ferrer. The Camels responded with the next two goals to even the game at two. In an extra man situation, Eric Doran dished to Craig Audin on the wing from behind the Middlebury cage and Audin's shot caromed off the post and into the goal for a score. With 2:01 remaining in the quarter, Jesse Stevenson assisted Mark Mangano for the equalizer and the team's headed into the fourth quarter locked in a 2-2 tie.

But early in the fourth quarter, the Panthers regained their lead with the goal from Phillips. The Camels had five shots in the quarter but the visitors were able to hold on for the 3-2 victory.

Junior Peter Britt had two of his four saves in the fourth quarter for Middlebury.

Middlebury College SCORING: GOALS: Jim Cabrera 1; Tom Petty 1; Skyler Hopkins 1. ASSISTS: Matt Ferrer 1; Mike Stone 1; Bart Witmer 1.

Connecticut College SCORING: GOALS: Mark Mangano 1; Craig Audin 1. ASSISTS: Eric Doran 1; Jesse Stevenson 1.

GOALIES - MIDMLAX: Peter Britt 1-0 (60:00 minutes, 6 shots-4 saves, 2 GA); CONNM: Mark Moran 1-2 (60:00, 15-12, 3).