Trinity (ct) vs. Middlebury
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
Hartford, Conn.- Junior attackman Henry Sheehan (Newport, R.I.) tallied two goals and three assists to lead the visiting Middlebury College Panthers to a 12-7 win over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) menís lacrosse action in the pouring rain this afternoon at Sheppard Field. Trinity drops to 3-7 overall and 1-7 in the NESCAC with its third straight loss, while the Panthers, ranked No. 1 in the North Region and No. 4 in the nation, improve to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the league with their seventh win in a row.

Trinity held a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, as sophomore midfielder Patrick Gibbons (Garden City, N.Y.) streaked from the left to the right in front of the goal and shot past Middlebury sophomore goalie Alex Palmisano (Southport, Conn.) 3:09 into the game and junior middie Chad Burdette (Owings Mills, Md.) answered a Panther goal with 6:55 left in the quarter for the Bantams.

Middlebury scored six times in the second frame, including an unassisted goal by senior tri-captain midfielder David Leach (New Canaan, Conn.) with 7:12 on the clock that put the Panthers ahead for good. Trailing, 7-4, entering the second quarter, Bantam sophomore attackman Curtis Kahn (Cohasset, Mass.) scored in the first three minutes to cut the Panther lead to two goals, but Middlebury scored four unanswered goal and Palmisano and the Panther defense held Trinity scoreless for the next 18-plus minutes.

Trinity junior midfielder Nick Petri (Framingham, Mass.) broke the scoring drought with a diving, wrap-around shot from behind the net to make the score, 11-7, with 4:46 left in the game, but Panther senior attackman Mark Foster (Denver, Colo.) responded with his third goal of the game in the final two minutes. Palmisano finished with six saves, while Trinity junior goalie Jakob Isbrandsten (Greenwich, Conn.) made 13 stops.

Middlebury (9-1) 1-6-2-3--12
Trinity, Conn. (3-7) 2-2-1-2--7

M- Mike Murray 3, Mark Foster 3, Henry Sheehan 2, J.P. Coviello 2, Nick Bastis, Dave Leach.
TC- Chad Burdette 3, Peter Gibbons, Curtis Kahn, Art Schweitzer, Nick Petri.

M- Sheehan 3, Travis Meyer 2, Coviello, Aaron Herter.
TC- Jake Dore, Burdette, Jakob Isbrandsten.

W- Alex Palmisano 6
TC- Jakob Isbrandsten 13