Tufts vs. Middlebury
April 13, 2005
The Game Story:
MEDFORD ^S Fifth-ranked Middlebury College earned a hard-fought 9-7 NESCAC
lacrosse victory at #14 Tufts University on Wednesday night behind 18 saves
from sophomore goalie Alex Palmisano (Southport, CT) and three goals by
freshman Jim Cabrera (Greenwich, CT).

The battle between the two NESCAC nationally ranked squads drew 600 fans to
Bello Field in Medford, and the game matched the hype. Visiting Middlebury
(7-1, 5-0 NESCAC) was able to stay one step ahead of the Jumbos (5-3, 2-3
NESCAC) for most of the game and take a clutch victory.

Tufts went out in front 1-0 on a goal by junior Dane Carillo (Windsor, CT),
who started in place of injured All-American Bryan Griffin (West Islip, NY).
Griffin played on man-up situations, but the Jumbos only had two in a clean
game that included five penalties (four technicals).

Middlebury scored the next three goals, including two by senior Jamie Duke
(Englewood, CO) to lead 3-1. With time winding down in the first half, the
Jumbos scored twice in the final 30 seconds. A nifty combination from junior
Billy Granger (East Setauket, NY) to classmate Michael Hughes (Branford, CT)
with just 0.3 seconds left until halftime made it 3-3.

The Panthers again were able to create some space by starting the second
half with three unanswered goals including one by Cabrera at 6:30 of the
third quarter for a 6-3 advantage. The Jumbos again mounted a comeback by
scoring the next two goals to pull within 6-5 on the second of the game by
senior tri-captain Devin Clarke (Ridgewood, NJ) at 11:51 of the fourth.

The pattern would continue as Middlebury scored the next two goals to lead
8-5, but Tufts responded with two straight to narrow the gap to 8-7. Duke^Ys
second goal of the game at 6:29 of the fourth gave the Panthers a 9-7 lead
and that^Ys how it ended.

Palmisano was steady throughout the contest for Middlebury, making five
saves in the first, second and third quarters. Tufts keeper Andy Starr
(Weston, MA) finished with eight saves. Carillo led the Jumbos with three
goals. Travis Meyer (Potomac, MD) had a goal and two assists for Middlebury.