April 15, 2021 | Men's Lacrosse - When it comes to the career scoring marks for the Panthers men's lacrosse program, Jeff Thomsen '83 has the hat trick. The Middlebury Hall of Famer holds the three most prestigious scoring marks, sitting in the top spot as the all-time leader in goals (181), assists (129) and points (310). Thomsen accomplished those lofty numbers in only 52 career games.
His career got off to a fast start, finishing second in Division III with 54 goals and 89 points in his rookie campaign in 1980. As a team, the Panthers had a banner season that spring, winning an ECAC Championship with a 12-1 record.
Thomsen hit the 50-goal plateau again the following season, adding 31 assists for 81 points. In his junior year, Middlebury captured another ECAC crown as, as the attacker collected 63 points on 38 goals and 25 assists.
During his final season in 1983, Thomsen boasted 39 tallies and 38 helpers for 77 points, while torching New Haven for a single-game record of 11 points.
For his career, the three-time All-American averaged 5.96 points per game, a figure that sits eighth-best in Division III.
"I am a bit surprised that they (records) have not been broken," Thomsen admitted. "There have been many great players coming through over the years. During their run through the NCAA years they had a lot of talent, a lot of all-Americans, so the scoring was spread out. The one record I am proud of is the points per game. They play three or four more games a year now which gives an opportunity for more goals and assists, so I think the records will be broken at some point. I like to think that I was able to put on a good, solid effort every game," he added.
The career mark in points could stand for a while, as the closest anyone has come to that number in the last 35 years is 220.
His 89 points in 1980 are second on Middlebury's single-season list, while his 38 helpers during the 1983 campaign are tied for third. Over his four-year career, his teams finished with an overall record of 38-14.