Pascal and Middlebury oust Wash. College, 16-7

Two-sport star contributes tourney-record 8 goals

May 17, 1999|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

CHESTERTOWN -- Middlebury attackman Adam Pascal knew the day was going to be special when a pass he attempted at the top of the crease trickled under the stick of the goalie for one of his five first-half goals.

"I just turned to our bench and smiled. When those kind of things happen, you know it's going to be a great day," said Pascal.

Pascal scored a tournament-record eight goals as the 6-foot-2 and 245-pound native of Pleasantville, N.Y., who also doubles as the school's starting fullback, powered Middlebury to a 16-7 NCAA Division III quarterfinal win over Washington College at Kibler Field yesterday.

Attackman Holt Hopkins had three goals and midfielder Steve O'Neil chipped in two for Middlebury (13-1), which will face the Rochester Institute of Technology in the semifinals Saturday. Washington was paced by midfielder J. D. Radebaugh and attackman John Fuller, who combined for five goals. The Shoremen, defending Division III champions, finished their season at 12-3.

"I thought we were capable of coming down here and winning, but not by this margin," said Middlebury coach Erin Quinn. "You can never expect a game like this against a program the caliber of Washington's, but the kids played well. "

But the day belonged to Pascal. Coming out of the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, he was recruited by several Division I Ivy League schools to play either football or lacrosse, but Quinn allowed him to play both sports at Middlebury.

It didn't hurt that Quinn is the defensive coordinator of Middlebury's football team and that lacrosse assistant Bob Ritter also is a football assistant. While the bigger schools were making phone calls and visits to Pascal's house, Quinn sent him a simple letter recruiting him.

"The situation had become like a business to him," said Quinn. "He could have played both sports in Division I, but it would have been really tough. Sometimes, it's a struggle. I wrote him a letter explaining our situation at Middlebury, and that if he likes it give us a call. He called us, we talked two more times and that was it. It was one of the easiest recruiting coups in lacrosse."

Pascal could have made a highlight film just off yesterday's game. He blew by Washington defenseman Scott McGilvray for his first goal from the right of the crease 1 minute, 35 seconds into the game. He then split a double team for his second goal 12 seconds later. With 3: 30 left in the first quarter, he took a pass outside the restraining line and bounced off two Shoremen players en route to a goal that put the Panthers ahead, 4-3.

Pascal's fourth goal was another classic moment. Working about 10 yards outside the crease, Pascal started to his right, then wheeled back to his left to beat McGilvray again in a move that he may have borrowed from Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwan and put the Panthers ahead, 7-4, with 10: 18 left in the half.

But the goal that really snuffed out the Shoremen came with 12: 50 left in the third quarter. Washington had just pulled within 8-6 on a goal by Fuller with 13: 07 left, and the shot seemed to ignite the Shoremen crowd. But Pascal picked up a loose ball around midfield, ran about 10 yards and then drilled a shot for goal No. 6. Middlebury then ran off the next five goals of the quarter for a 14-6 lead at the end of the period.

Middlebury 5 3 6 2 -- 16

Washington 3 2 1 1 -- 7

Goals: M--Pascal 8, Hopkins 3, O'Neil 2, Herbert, Moatz, Goldman; W--Radebaugh 3, Fuller 2, Mulhern 2. Assists: M--Pascal 2, Goldman, Seeley, Fryatt; W--Mulhern, Grothmann, Swift, Fellows. Saves: M--Campbell 14; W--Pagamo 11, Chrismer 6, Ahvens 2.

Salisbury State 15, Hampden-Sydney 10: Joe High scored three of his game-high six goals in the first period as the host Sea Gulls (16-1) advanced to the semifinals of the Division III tournament for the fifth time in six years.

Pub Date: 5/17/99

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