Men's Lax To Host St. Lawrence In NCAA Tournament Game - Watch Live!
May 7, 2009
Middlebury will make its 12th consecutive and 13th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament this weekend. The Panthers drew a first-round bye and will host St. Lawrence, a 14-7 winner over Nazareth on Saturday, May 9th at 1:00 p.m. Middlebury earned its way into the tournament with an at-large bid after falling 14-13 in overtime to eventual champion Wesleyan in the NESCAC semifinals. Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Panthers are 27-9 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in '96. Their .750 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 '09 with a win over Bates before suffering an 8-7 road loss at Wesleyan on March 14th. The Panthers then rattled off a dozen straight wins before dropping a 14-13 overtime game to Wesleyan in the NESCAC semifinals. Middlebury finished the NESCAC regular season with an 8-1 record, two games ahead of Bowdoin, Tufts and Wesleyan. Middlebury has outscored its opponents by a slim margin this season, holding a 12.9 - 10.5 advantage. The Panthers have won three one-goal games, three three-goal games and two three-goal games this season, with both losses coming by a goal.
Middlebury is second in the NESCAC in scoring this season with 12.92 goals/game, while leading the league with a .500 efficiency in man-up situations. Reigning NESCAC Player of the Year Mike Stone (50-15-65) leads the NESCAC in goals/game with 3.33, while ranking second with 4.33 points/game. Junior Pete Smith (12-36-48) is second in the league with 2.40 assists/game, while senior Dave Campbell is third with his 8.07 ground balls/contest. Senior Skyler Hopkins (29-18-47), senior Tom Petty (27-6-33), sophomore David Hild (23-5-28) and senior Matt Ferrer (23-4-27) round out the leading scorers. Peter Britt is 13-2 with a 10.32 GAA and a .525 save percentage.
St. Lawrence picked up a 14-7 win over Nazareth in a first-round game played on Wednesday. The Saints earned an automatic bid to the tournament with a 15-6 win over Clarkson in the Liberty League Championship Game. Alex Slauson (34-14-48), Peter Carroll (29-20-49) and Collin Moon (26-10-36) lead the team in scoring, while Thomas Hollingsworth has a 7.14 GAA.
St. Lawrence leads the all-time series 6-3, with a 6-2 advantage in the 80's. The last meeting between the schools was in '00, a 19-2 Middlebury victory.
2009 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament
Wednesday, May 7th, 2009
St. Lawrence 14, Nazareth 7
Saturday, May 9th, 2009
St. Lawrence (13-3) @ Middlebury (13-2) - 1:00 p.m.