Men's Lacrosse Headed To NCAA's
May 8, 2011
Middlebury will make its 14th consecutive and 15th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Panthers will take on Castleton State in a first-round game on Wednesday, May 11th at 3:30 p.m. Middlebury earned its way into the tournament with an at-large bid after falling 13-12 in overtime to Tufts in the NESCAC title game on Sunday. Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The Panthers are 31-11 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in ’96. Their .738 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 11 seasons, winning three straight NCAA crowns in ’00, ’01 and ’02.
Middlebury opened with a pair of wins over Bates and Springfield before falling 9-8 in overtime at Wesleyan. The Panthers then won seven of eight, with a 9-7 loss at Amherst in the middle of the run. Following a loss at Tufts, the Panthers won three straight prior to falling in the title game. Middlebury is currently 3-3 against teams ranked in the top 20 nationally. Two of the team’s four losses were in OT this season, with a one-goal loss and a three-goal setback.
Middlebury’s offense has been solid this season, with the team ranking third in the NESCAC with 11.0 goals/game, while leading the league with almost 40 shots/contest. The Panthers are also second in the league with 1.5 man-up goals/game. The defense allows 8.58 goals/contest (6th), while leading the league with 34.4 ground balls/game.
Senior David Hild leads the offense this season with a team-high 43 goals and 59 points to go along with his 16 assists. He is second in the NESCAC in both goals/game (2.69) and points/contest (3.69), while leading the league with 9.0 shots/game.
Sophomore Mike Giordano is the team’s assists leader, owning 28 helpers to go along with his 16 goals for 44 points. His is second in the league with 1.75 assists/game, while ranking eighth in points/contest (2.75).
Senior Andrew Conner is second on the squad with 35 goals, placing him eighth among his NESCAC peers with 2.19 /game. He is second only to Hild in the NESCAC with 8.75 shots/game.
Junior Tim Cahill (27-7-34), rookie John McGoldrick (11-8-19) and sophomore Erich Pfeffer (13-4-17) round out the team’s leading scorers.
Senior Ryan Deane has played all but 6:38 in goal this season, owning a 12-4 record with an 8.64 GAA and a .570 save percentage. He is third in the NESCAC with 11.5 saves/game.
Head Coach Dave Campbell is now in his fifth season at the helm of the men’s lacrosse team at Middlebury. He owns a 64-23 (.736) overall record with five trips to the NCAA Tournament and a NESCAC title in ’07.
Castleton is making its second straight NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the NCAA with an 18-6 victory over Husson. The Spartans have now won seven straight games as they prepare for their first-ever meeting with Middlebury.
Alex Green (49-20-69), Nohea King (40-24-64) and Adam Groot (29-13-42) lead the team in scoring, while Dave DeGhetto is 12-6 with a 6.48 GAA and a .591 SV%.
2011 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament
Wednesday, May 11, 2011, First-Round
Castleton (12-6) @ Middlebury (12-4) – 3:30
Keene State (13-2) @ Amherst (13-2) - TBA
Saturday, May 15, 2010, Second-Round
Castleton/Middlebury winner vs. Keene/Amherst winner - TBA