Williams vs. Middlebury
April 24, 2007
The Game Story:
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Gerbush made 17 saves Tuesday night as the Williams College men's lacrosse team posted its first victory over conference rival Middlebury since the 1993 season with a 10-6 decision at Renzie Lamb Field.

Senior Chris Merwin scored three times for the Ephs, who improved to 7-4 overall, 5-3 in NESCAC play. Middlebury fell to 7-5 overall, 4-4 in the conference. Jim Cabrera had a team-high 2 goals for Middlebury.

Williams would never trail during the contest. Richard Reuter of Williams got his squad on the scoreboard first with his unassisted goal, after which Rory Sanborn scored one of his own to tie the score at 1 early in the 1st quarter.

Neither team would score for the next 10 minutes of play. With just under 2 minutes remaining in the 1st quarter, Chris Merwin scored the first of his three goals on the day to give Williams a lead it would never relinquish. The Ephs would score three more after that, amassing a 5-1 lead, before Middlebury would score again.

Mike Stone assisted Jim Cabrera to give the Panthers the first goal of the 2nd half. The teams would then trade goals before Williams went on another scoring run. Mike Vrla scored twice in a row for Williams as the Ephs went on a 3-goal run that lasted into the 4th quarter. Dixon Hargrove assisted Richard Reuter to bring the Williams lead to 9-3 with just 7 minutes remaining in the game.

However, Middlebury would not go out without a fight. Three different Panthers would score the next 3 goals to bring it to 9-6 with just under 3 minutes. However, Williams would keep Middlebury off the board for the remainder of the game, and Chris Merwin scored again to put the game away for the Ephs.

Both goalies, Alex Palmisano of Middlebury and Mike Gerbush of Williams, made 17 saves. Middlebury maintained a slight 25-20 advantage on ground balls, while Williams outshot the Panthers 41-39. Middlebury won the face-off battle, winning 11 of 18 draws.

"This win was a good benchmark for us," said Williams coach George McCormack. "It means we're headed in the right direction. We hadn't beat them since 1993, so this puts the 'R' back in 'Rivalry'."

The Ephs are at Bowdoin Saturday for a game at 12 p.m.