Matt Prezioso '15 Posts 7 Points to Power Attack, Mark Simmons '14 Makes 12 Saves as Men's Lax Beats Middlebury, 11-5
Wesleyan, ranked 10th nationally in Division III, got 12 saves from starting goalie Mark Simmons '14 (#11, photo insert upper left) 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 Sat., March 15. Leading the Cardinals' attack with a career-best five goals and two assists was Matt Prezioso '15 (#2, main photo). Wesleyan, which defeated Middlebury for the third time in the last four meetings but trails in the overall series, 25-20-1, outshot the Panthers, 48-29. Middlebury's keeper 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 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.
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 Aidan Daniell '14 and Lyle Mitchell '16. Defensively for Wesleyan, Elliot Albert '14 caused three turnovers and grabbed four ground balls.
Next up for Wesleyan is a game against non-conference foe Clarkson Wed., March 19 in Tampa, Fla.