MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (March 18, 2006) – Sophomore attack J.R. Oreskovich’s (La Costa, Calif.) apparent game-tying goal was ruled not to have crossed the goal line before time expired as the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s lacrosse team suffered a gut-wrenching 13-12 loss to second-ranked Middlebury College on Saturday at Kohn Field in Middlebury, Vt. Positioned eight yards out on the right-side of the cage in the closing seconds, Oreskovich ripped a shot past Panthers’ junior goalkeeper Alex Palmisano (Southport, Conn.), but the goal was disallowed as the referees ruled that it broke the plane of the goal a split second after the game had ended.
In a battle between two of the top teams in the nation, the 12th-ranked Ducks struck first as senior midfielder Stephen Pascone (Selkirk, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal at the 11:13 mark of the first quarter. Middlebury responded with a five-goal outburst as five different Panthers found the back of the net to build a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter.
Stevens answered right back as freshmen midfielders Matt Keating (Chatham, N.J.) and Matt Sypher (Cortland, N.Y.) and Oreskovich scored three straight goals to cut the Panthers’ lead to 5-4 at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Ducks tied the game at 5-all as Keating netted his second goal of the game. Middlebury scored the next three goals to grab an 8-5 lead. In the final eight minutes of the period, the two teams combined for five goals as Middlebury held a 10-8 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
The Panthers extended their lead to 12-8 early in the fourth period on goals by senior attack Henry Sheehan (Newport, R.I.) and sophomore attack Jim Cabrera (Old Greenwich, Conn.). Stevens fought back by scoring the next three goals in the span of 62 seconds. Oreskovich started the comeback with his third goal of the game with 9:27 to play. Junior midfielder Joe Van Sickle (Amherst, N.H.) connected on an even-strength goal only 35 seconds later. Then, Van Sickle found junior midfielder Mark Bielicky (Bridgewater, N.J.) for a goal as the Ducks closed to within 12-11 with 8:25 remaining.
Middlebury got some much needed breathing room thanks to a goal by senior midfielder Aaron Herter (Carlisle, Mass.) with exactly seven minutes left on the clock. Oreskovich added his fourth score with just under three minutes to go as Stevens moved to within 13-12 – setting the stage for a wild end to the game.
Oreskovich led all scorers with four goals. Bielicky finished with two goals and two assists for four points. Keating and Van Sickle collected two goals apiece. Junior goalkeeper Jack Dunderdale (Ridgefield, Conn.) made nine saves in net for the Ducks.
Herter finished with three goals for the Panthers. Three other players scored two goals apiece for Middlebury.
Stevens will be back in action next Saturday when it travels to Troy, N.Y., to take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at 1 p.m.
Middlebury vs. Stevens Tech
|Henry Sheehan||(2, 2)|
|Aaron Herter||(3, 0)|
|Jim Cabrera||(2, 0)|
|Mike Stone||(0, 2)|
|Travis Meyer||(0, 2)|
|Jonathan Sisto||(2, 0)|
|Jeff Pello||(0, 2)|
|Nick Bastis||(1, 0)|
|Peter Mellen||(0, 1)|
|Gabe Wood||(1, 0)|
|Will Simpson||(1, 0)|
|Jp Coviello||(1, 0)|