Men's Lacrosse Visits Amherst For NCAA Second-Round Game

May 12, 2011

Middlebury is in the midst of its 14th consecutive and 15th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Panthers will travel to Amherst for a second-round game on Saturday, May 14th at 1:00 p.m.

Middlebury advanced to the second-round after thumping Castleton 24-7 in a first-round home game on Wednesday. Andrew Conner led the team with five goals, Tim Cahill scored four, while David Hild added three goals and four assists. The Panthers trailed 2-0 before an 11-goal run gave them a commanding lead.

The Panthers are 32-11 in NCAA play since they first qualified for the tourney in ’96. Their .744 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 11.8 goals/game, while leading the league with 44.5 shots/contest. The Panthers are also second in the league with 1.5 man-up goals/game. The defense allows 8.49 goals/contest (6th), while leading the league with 34.9 ground balls/game.

Senior David Hild leads the offense this season with a team-high 46 goals and 66 points to go along with his 20 assists. He is second in the NESCAC in both goals/game (2.70) and points/contest (3.89), while leading the league with 9.0 shots/game.

Sophomore Mike Giordano is the team’s assists leader, owning 31 helpers to go along with his 17 goals for 48 points. His is second in the league with 1.82 assists/game, while ranking eighth in points/contest (2.82).

Senior Andrew Conner is second on the squad with 40 goals, placing him eighth among his NESCAC peers with 2.35 /game. He is second only to Hild in the NESCAC with 8.58 shots/game.

Junior Tim Cahill (31-7-38), rookie John McGoldrick (14-10-24) and sophomore Erich Pfeffer (13-5-18) round out the team’s leading scorers.

Senior Ryan Deane has played all but 36:38 in goal this season, owning a 13-4 record with an 8.68 GAA and a .564 save percentage. He is third in the NESCAC with 10.9 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 65-23 (.739) overall record with five trips to the NCAA Tournament and a NESCAC title in ’07.

Amherst topped Keene State 12-8 in a first-round game at home on Wednesday. Devin Acton (35-17-52), Cole Cherney (40-5-45), Evan Redwood (23-22-45) and Alex Fox (17-25-42) lead the team in scoring. Sam Jakimo is 14-1 with a 7.35 GAA and a .643 save percentage.

These two teams met back on April 6th at Amherst, with the Jeffs coming away with the 9-7 win. Amherst scored three goals in a span of 1:07 late in the fourth quarter to emerge with the win. The win for the Jeffs over the Panthers was their first since 1989. Middlebury leads the all-time series, 36-19-1 with 25 straight wins prior to the 4/6/11 loss.

2011 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament
Wednesday, May 11, 2011, First-Round
Middlebury 24, Castleton 7
Amherst 12, Keene St. 8

Saturday, May 15, 2011, Second-Round
Middlebury (14-4) @ Amherst (14-2) – 1:00 p.m.