Middlebury vs. Wesleyan
April 1, 2006
The Game Story:
Wesleyan handed Middlebury its first home NESCAC loss in 11 years as
the Cardinals pulled out a 10-7 victory on Kohn Field. The streak
ran 49 games and dated back to a 9-8 triple overtime loss to
Connecticut College in April of '95. The loss also snapped a 14-game
NESCAC winning streak for the Panthers. Middlebury had defeated
Wesleyan in each of the last two NESCAC Championship games, as well
as the NCAA Quarterfinals a year ago. The three losses in a season
for the Panthers are the most since the '97 team finished at 11-3.



The game saw six lead changes as Middlebury struck first with a goal
at 13:31 of the first quarter when Henry Sheehan found the back of
the net. Wesleyan scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead to
begin the back-and-forth battle.



In the second, the Panthers tied the game at two when Aaron Herter
scored with a feed from Sheehan at 13:31. The Cardinals regained the
lead 3-2 with a goal at the 11:20 mark when Jason Ben-Eliyahu
scored. The Panthers took their second lead at 4-3 by scoring the
next two goals, both assisted by Sheehan. Wesleyan fought back and
regained the advantage with their own pair of goals, including a
man-up score by Mike Vitulano, that gave the Cardinals a 5-4 lead at
the half.



Another pair of goals by the Panthers, including one by Herter that
was assisted by Sheehan, gave them their next lead at 6-5 with 12:30
remaining in the third quarter. The Cardinals were up to the task
and tied the game at six apiece later in the third as Russell
Follansbee scored with an assist from Grayson Connors at the 3:43
mark. The two Cardinals reversed their scoring roles with just 32
seconds remaining in the third as Follansbee set up Connors to make
the score 7-6 in favor of Wesleyan.



In the fourth, Middlebury tied the game at seven-all when Travis
Meyer scored at the 9:40 mark. Wesleyan answered, scoring two goals
in 19 seconds as Alex Kaufman scored and Follansbee scored to build
a two-goal lead at 9-7. Follansbee later sealed the victory scoring
on an open net with 1:22 remaining as Middlebury's goalie Alex
Palmisano left the cage to try and pressure the Cardinals.



Wesleyan's Follansbee led all scorers with three goals as Connors
and Ben-Eliyahu each netted two to lead the Cardinals. Aaron Herter
paced the Panthers with two goals while Sheehan had one score and
four assists.