By: Will Pitts
On a wet, dreary afternoon at Beldon Field, the Goucher men’s lacrosse team lost a heartbreaker in overtime for the second straight game. This time they lost to the Drew Rangers. The game was a back-and-forth battle that saw Goucher give away two separate three-goal leads.
For Senior Day, the game was preceded by a brief ceremony honoring the four senior leaders on the team, who would be playing their last home game for Goucher College.
Kyle MacDonnell of Drew University, scored the first goal one minute and forty seconds into the game. But, the momentum quickly turned when Goucher scored two straight goals to take the lead. Not long after, Drew’s Jack Crowley tied the game 2-2, which is where the score stood at the end of the first quarter.
Mere seconds into the start of the second quarter, Goucher retook the lead with a goal scored by Matt Woodson. Two goals were scored by Goucher within ten seconds, scored by Jake Ziegler and Matt Woodson respectively, sent the crowd into a frenzy. But Drew struck back with three straight goals to tie the game 5-5. Less than a minute before halftime, Ruel Ellis of Goucher scored to restore the Gophers’ momentum.
Anthony Scarpola added to Goucher’s lead three minutes and fifteen seconds into the second half, after a Drew defender slipped and gave him an open shot. After two tense uninterrupted minutes where Drew held the ball in the Gophers’ end, the Rangers committed a too many men penalty allowing the Gophers to extend their lead back to three through Matt Woodson. But in the final two minutes of the third quarter, Drew roared back with three more goals to tie the game yet again.
With the score tied at 10-10 and with 50 seconds left, just as a Gopher was about to wind up a shot, coach Brian Kelly called a timeout. Nothing came of the final possession, and the game went to overtime.
44 seconds into the extra period, Seamus O’Connor scored the sudden-death game-winning goal for Drew. The victory for the Rangers sent them into the Landmark Conference Championships.
Two players led the game with three goals each: Drew’s Kyle MacDonnell and Goucher’s Ruel Ellis. Despite outdoing the Rangers in shots (40 to 37) and in faceoffs won (14 to 11), the two blown leads were a demoralizing blow that Goucher could not recover from.
The Gophers will travel to Moravian College April 29th for their final game of the season.