| MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury won its fourth straight NESCAC
Men's Lacrosse Championship as they defeated Wesleyan 12-7 on Youngman
Field at Alumni Stadium. The Panthers will make their eighth NCAA
Tournament appearance when the selections are announced on Sunday night.|
Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead just 2:23 into the game as Jordan Funt
found Ian Applegate with a great feed for the quick-stick goal.
Middlebury answered with two in a 1:28 span late in the quarter,
including a man-up goal from Mark Foster on their first tally of the
game. The Cardinals made it a one-goal game just 53 seconds into the
second quarter as Glenn Adams circled the net before beating Middlebury
goalkeeper Eric Krieger. Wesleyan would not score for the remainder of
the quarter as Middlebury scored three goals to take a 5-2 lead into the
halftime break. Saraceni scored two of the three goals, including a
man-up tally with 1:30 left in the half.
A goal from Andrew Giordano was answered by Funt to make it a
6-3 game early in the third quarter. Saraceni netted his third of the
game, while Travis Meyer found the back of the net at 3:17 to give
Middlebury an 8-3 lead at the end of three. Middlebury held a 10-5 lead
with 9:52 left in the game before scoring a pair to hold a 12-5
advantage with just 3:54 left to play. Wesleyan's Mike Vitulano scored
two late goals to make it a 12-7 final.
Saraceni led the Panthers with four goals and three assists,
while Foster, Meyer and Charley Howe each netted a pair. Applegate and
Vitulano each scored two for Wesleyan. Krieger made seven stops for
Middlebury, while Matt Wheeler made a dozen saves for Wesleyan.