CORTLAND, N.Y. - Senior attack Kyle Lambert (Brentwood) and senior
midfielder Mike Abbott (Syracuse/Nottingham) combined for seven goals and
three assists as SUNY Cortland defeated Middlebury College, 12-8, in an
NCAA Division III men's lacrosse quarterfinal contest. The Red Dragons
(16-3) advance to the national semifinals for the second time in four years
and will host either Geneseo or Wesleyan (Conn.) on Sunday at a time to be
announced. The winner of that game moves on to the national championship
game on Sunday, May 28, at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field.
Lambert finished with four goals and two assists, while Abbott recorded
three goals and one assist. Sophomore Ryan Heath (Baldwinsville/C.W. Baker)
added two goals and two assists and sophomore Adam Hyde (West Seneca/West
Seneca East) scored twice. Senior Ben Gaebel (Deferiet/Carthage) made 12
saves, eight in the second half. Sophomore Jim Cabrera (Old Greenwich,
CT/Taft) scored three goals for Middlebury (13-4), which had played in six
of the last seven NCAA Division III championship games. Senior Travis Meyer
(Potomac, MD/Landon) registered a goal and two assists and senior Henry
Sheehan (Newport, RI/St. George's) finished with a goal and an assist.
Junior Alex Palmisano (Southport, CT/Holderness (NH)) made eight of his 11
saves in the second half.
Cortland never trailed in the contest. The Red Dragons used goals by Heath
and Hyde, both assisted by Lambert, to take a 2-0 lead with 8:59 left in
the first quarter. Jeff Pello (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury) scored with
3:12 left in the quarter to cut the Panthers' deficit in half, but
Cortland scored the first five goals of the second quarter, three by
Lambert, and led 7-1 with 3:36 remaining before intermission.
Sheehan netted a goal with 1:42 left in the half to pull Middlebury within
7-2. Cortland, however, outscored the Panthers 3-0 in the third quarter to
take an eight-goal lead. Middlebury made things a little interesting by
putting up six goals in the fourth frame, including all of Cabrera's
scores. A Meyer goal with 1:42 left cut Cortland's lead to 11-8, but the
Red Dragons won the ensuing faceoff and, with Middlebury's goalie
pressuring the ball, Abbott scored into an empty net with 30 seconds left.
Cortland State vs. Middlebury