Middlebury vs. Wesleyan
April 21, 2007
The Game Story:
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Wesleyan's Russ Follansbee scored the
game-winner just 23 seconds into overtime, giving the visiting Cardinals
a 5-4 victory over Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at Kohn Field. The
Panthers won the overtime face-off and managed a quick shot before the
5th ranked Cardinals got control of the ball. The eighteenth-ranked
Panthers suffered their third NESCAC defeat, all in overtime, falling to
4-3 in conference play and 7-4 overall. The Cardinals improve to 13-1 on
the season and 7-1 in NESCAC action. Middlebury will wrap-up their
regular season with two road games, at Williams on Tuesday and at Tufts
on Saturday. Wesleyan hosts Bates in their final regular-season game on
Saturday.

Wesleyan started the scoring when Follansbee picked up a
groundball deep in Middlebury territory and snuck a shot past goalie
Alex Palmisano at the 10:13 mark in the first quarter. The Panthers tied
it at one apiece on a man-up goal by Nick Bastis with 7:19 remaining.
Middlebury took a 2-1 lead at the 5:35 mark with a Tom Petty wrap-around
shot from the left side that beat Cardinal goalie Charlie Congleton. The
lone second quarter goal by Wesleyan's Jason Ben-Eliyahu tied the game
at 2-2 going into halftime.

Neither team managed to score in the third, but a late
penalty gave Wesleyan a man-up advantage, and the ball, to start the
fourth. Middlebury fought off the penalty only to commit a second one
seconds later. With 13:45 left, Mike Hines scored the man-up goal on a
bounce shot from the right side, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

Just under two minutes later the Panthers tied the game at three, when a
Skyler Hopkins tally from the right side snuck in under the crossbar.
Middlebury took a 4-3 lead with 10:02 remaining when Mike Stone scored a
man-up goal with a nice assist from Bastis. Wesleyan's Chris Jasinski
scored driving in from the right side with only 22 seconds remaining,
forced the game into overtime.

Bastis and Stone each had a goal and an assist, while Petty
and Hopkins both added a goal for the Panthers. Follansbee's game-high
two goals and Jasinski's goal and an assist led Wesleyan. Palmisano was
in net for the entire 60:23 for Middlebury, making 13 saves and allowing
five goals. Congleton also played 60:23 in net, allowing four goals and
making 10 stops for Wesleyan.