No. 10 Wesleyan Shuts Down Middlebury for NESCAC Win

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (March 15) - Wesleyan, ranked 10th nationally in Division III, got 12 saves from starting goalie senior Mark Simmons while allowing just one goal in 48:40 of action as the Cardinals built a 10-1 fourth-quarter lead and coasted to an 11-5 NESCAC win over visiting Middlebury here today.

Leading the Cardinals' attack with a career-best five goals and two assists was junior Matt Prezioso. Wesleyan, which defeated Middlebury for the fourth time in the last five meetings but trails in the overall series, 25-20-1, outshot the Panthers, 48-29. Middlebury keeper senior Nate Gaudio came up with 19 saves in a busy day's work.

Though Middlebury opened the scoring with an extra-man goal just 2:31 into the contest as junior Taylor Pirie hit junior Mike Ford with a center pass from behind the net and Ford went low for the only goal allowed by Simmons, Wesleyan rattled off 10 unanswered goals for a 10-1 lead with 11:38 to play. Simmons got a penalty 18 seconds later and exited the game as the Cardinals used three goalies over the final 11:20 as the Panthers scored four of the final five goals. Sophomores Jack Rautiola and Jon Broome each tallied twice for the Panthers in the final 10:49 as Broome raised his team-leading scoring to six goals and three assists for nine points.

With his seven points, Prezioso took over Wesleyan team scoring leadership with 12 goals and three assists for 15 points. Wesleyan got a pair of goals each from senior Aidan Daniell and sophomore Lyle Mitchell. Defensively for Wesleyan, senior Elliot Albert caused three turnovers and grabbed four ground balls. Freshman Jack DeFrino was strong on faceoffs for Middlebury, winning nine of 12 attempts and tied for game-high honors in ground balls with teammates senior George Curtis and Broome, all with five.

Next up for Wesleyan is a game against non-conference foe Clarkson Wed., March 19 in Tampa, Fla. Middlebury is back in action Tues., March 18, hosting St. Lawrence, also in non-league play.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. Wesleyan, ranked 10th nationally, built a 10-1 fourth-quarter lead coasting to an eventual 11-5 NESCAC win over visiting Middlebury on Saturday afternoon at New Turf Field. Middlebury is back in action Tuesday when it hosts St. Lawrence at 4:00 p.m., while Wesleyan plays Clarkson on Wednesday in Florida.

Middlebury opened the scoring with an extra-man goal just 2:31 into the contest as Taylor Pirie hit Mike Ford with a centering pass from behind the net. Ford went low for the only goal allowed by Mark Simmons. Wesleyan rattled off 10 unanswered goals and grabbed a nine-goal lead with 11:38 to play in the game.

Jack Rautiola and Jon Broome each scored twice for the Panthers in the final 10:49. Broome leads the team with nine points on six goals and three assists.

Leading the Cardinals' attack with a career-best five goals and two assists was Matt Prezioso. Wesleyan got a pair of goals each from Aidan Daniell and Lyle Mitchell. Defensively for Wesleyan, Elliot Albert caused three turnovers and grabbed four ground balls.

Jack DeFrino was strong in faceoffs for Middlebury, winning nine of 12 attempts. He tied for game-high honors in ground balls with five along George Curtis and Broome.

Wesleyan defeated Middlebury for the fourth time in the last five meetings, but still trails in the all-time series, 25-20-1. The Cardinals outshot the Panthers, 48-29. Middlebury goalie Nate Gaudio came up with 19 saves in the loss.

Simmons produced 12 saves in 48:40 of action, while three other Wesleyan goalies surrendered a quartet of Panther goals in the final 11:20.

2014-03-15



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