Men's Lacrosse Falls At Tufts

April 24, 2010

The Middlebury men's lacrosse team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end as the #15 Panthers fell 10-5 at #8 Tufts on Saturday afternoon. The win for the Jumbos was just their second over the Panthers in the last 34 meetings between the schools. Middlebury wraps up its regular season with a game at NESCAC rival Williams on Friday.

Sophomore Sean Kirwan scored two of his game-high four goals during a 5-0 opening run to lead Tufts. Sophomore goalie Steve Foglietta stopped 13 of Middlebury's 18 shots on goal in the game. Junior David Hild led the visitors with two goals.

The Jumbos were up 4-0 at the end of the first period. Kirwan netted two of the goals, while junior D.J. Hessler had a goal and an assist. After Tufts sophomore Kevin McCormick scored at 10:09 of the second quarter making it 5-0, Middlebury got on the scoreboard when Hild scored at 8:23. However, Kirwan tallied his third of the game and the Jumbos went back up by five at 6-1.

The Panthers finished the first half strong with goals by freshman Erich Pfeffer and sophomore Tim Cahill pulling them within 6-3. When junior Andrew Conner scored the opening goal of the second half at 12:02, Middlebury trailed by two at 6-4.

At this critical juncture, the Jumbos scored the next two, including junior long-stick middie Alec Bialosky's goal at 4:50 of the third for an 8-4 advantage. Middlebury's Hild made it a three-goal deficit (8-5) again, but Bialosky scored his second at 11:03 of the final period. Tufts would blank Middlebury in the fourth quarter, and added a goal by junior Ryan Molloy to finish it off.

Foglietta was sharp all game for Tufts, making 13 saves to hold Middlebury to its fewest goals of the season. Bialosky added an assist and two ground balls to his game, while Hessler recorded a goal, two assists and four ground balls. Senior Evan Crosby had four ground balls defensively.

Middlebury finished with a healthy 17-12 advantage in face-offs. Rookie Brian Foster was 6-8, and sophomore Peter Jennings was 6-11. Sophomore Alex Englert scooped up four ground balls for the Panthers, while unior Ryan Deane made 14 saves in Middlebury's cage.