Middlebury vs. Ithaca
May 19, 2002
The Game Story:
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury will make its fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Lacrosse Championship game after a 12-6 win over Ithaca in the semifinals. The two-time defending NCAA Champions will face Gettysburg in a rematch of last season's title game. The game will take place on Sunday, May 26th at noon on the campus of Rutgers University.

Ithaca jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind goals from Brian Weil and Nick Mayer. Middlebury got on the board with just 30 seconds left in the first quarter as Christopher Davis found the back of the net. David Seeley tied the game early in the second quarter before Ithaca regained the lead on Mayer's second goal of the game with 4:45 left in the half.

Middlebury was dominant in the third quarter, scoring the first five goals, including four in a 3:06 span to take a 7-3 lead. Greg Carroll got the run going with a man-up goal before Matt Dunn bounced in a shot just 25 seconds later to give Middlebury it's first lead of the game at 4-3 with 14:09 left in the third quarter. Zach Herbert found Mike Frissora, Grayson Fertig scored cutting to the goal, while Peter Albro rounded out the run to make it a 7-3 game. Later in the quarter, Middlebury goalkeeper Eric Krieger came up big, with three point-blank saves during the final three minutes of the third quarter to preserve the lead. Casey ended Middlebury's five-goal run with 39 seconds left in the quarter, but Dunn answered back with nine seconds left to give Middlebury an 8-4 lead after three quarters.

Dennis Juleff scored a man-up goal to cut the lead to 8-5 just 50 seconds into the fourth quarter, but Middlebury ran off four straight goals to seal the win before Weil scored with 2:24 remaining for the game's final goal.

Dunn paced the Panthers with two goals and four assists, while Seeley and Albro added two goals apiece. Weil led Ithaca with two goals and two assists, while Mayer added a pair of goals. Krieger made 14 saves in goal for Middlebury, while Ryan Martin made 10 saves for Ithaca.