Men's Soccer Falls In NCAA Tourney

November 11, 2006

The Middlebury men's soccer team saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to St. Lawrence in an NCAA Regional hosted by N.Y.U. The Panthers end their season at 11-6-1.

James Merrill converted a breakaway with 10:50 remaining, snapping a 1-1 tie and lifting St. Lawrence to the win at Lubetkin Field on the campus of New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ.

Merrill collected the ball about 30 yards from the goal and dribbled toward the net. He sidestepped Middlebury goalkeeper Zach Toth (eight saves) and grounded the ball across the goal line from 15 yards out to give the Saints the go-ahead goal.

In an intense and often physical battle featuring three yellow cards, Middlebury took a 1-0 lead when Max Mackinnon drilled a shot that deflected off St. Lawrence goalkeeper Emilio Coletta (six saves) at 32:37.

St. Lawrence got the equalizer at 35:19. Charlie Bogosian hit the back of the net off a cross from Brendan Tougher, helping the Saints forge a 1-1 tie.

St. Lawrence owned a 14-11 edge on shots, while Middlebury held a 4-2 advantage on corner kicks.