Cusick Ties Game With 9.6 Seconds Left In Fourth Quarter To Force Overtime
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Senior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, Calif./Coronado) scored the golden goal 1:52 into overtime to lift visiting Washington College to a 9-8 overtime triumph over host Ursinus in a Centennial Conference men's lacrosse game at Patterson Field on Wednesday night. The Shoremen improve to 10-1 overall and 5-0 in the Centennial, while the Bears fall to 6-5 and 2-2 respectively.
The Bears took a 8-7 lead with 1:29 remaining in the fourth quarter on Steve Smyrl's fifth goal of the game from right side in front of the crease on a feed from Mike Neal. The Shoremen won the faceoff and had their first two shots get blocked and go high respectively. WC called its second timeout of the sequence with 20 ticks left to set up a game-tying goal and with 9.6 ticks left when senior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) came from the right side and his left-handed shot found the back of the net to even the contest at 8-8.
In overtime, Ursinus won the face-off and had two chances to score for the victory. Jake Weber's first shot hit the post just 36 seconds into the extra session and 25 seconds later Dylan Spangelberg's shot was saved by senior goalkeeper Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River). Washington was successful in the clear and Englehart came down the left side and his shot found its way past Ursinus goalkeeper Brian Neff for the walk-off goal and gave Washington its fourth straight overtime victory dating back to the opening game of the 2011 season at Goucher (7-6). WC has also topped Dickinson (10-9) in 2012 and St. Mary's (Md.) (13-12) in 2013 and all four wins have come on the road.
Ursinus scored the opening goal just 2:14 into the first quarter on a Smyrl goal with Ryan Ridinger tallying the assist before the Shoremen scored the next four goals to take a 4-1 lead with 2:55 left in the opening quarter. Sophomore midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) tied the game at 1-1 with 8:35 to go in the first on a feed from senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin). WC took a 2-1 lead with just 50 seconds later when senior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mount St. Joseph) tallied his first goal of the game from junior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East). Cusick made it 3-1 with 5:14 to go in the first with Looney netting the helper and Nowicki's unassisted score capped the four-goal run with 2:55 left on his first goal of the game. The Bears cut it to 4-2 with 38 ticks left in the quarter on Smyrl's second of the first from Weber. In the first, Looney and Cusick's goals were man-up.
In the second quarter, Smyrl scored 3:36 in to trim the WC lead to 4-3 before Nowicki gave WC a two-goal lead at 5-3 with 7:27 remaining in the quarter. The Bears got the last goal of the first half with 5:34 left in the second on a Logan Panaccione goal to trim the Shoremen's lead to 5-4 at halftime. All three goals in the second were unassisted.
Smyrl tied the game at 5-5 with 11:47 left in the third quarter on a feed from Weber and the Bears took their first lead since early in the first quarter with 1:41 remaining on Panaccione's second score of the contest from Spangenberg.
The Shoremen tied it at 6-6 just 2:02 into the fourth quarter when senior defenseman Casey McKnight (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) scored his first career goal and Englehart gave WC a 7-6 lead with 9:49 to go on an unassisted score. The Bears would even the game at 7-7 with 4:27 to go on a Weber man-up goal from Neal.
Cusick, Englehart and Nowicki each had two goals, while Looney had a pair of helpers for the Shoremen. Looney and Nowicki each had three points in the victory. Trapp went 12-for-21 in face-offs and had seven groundballs to lead all players. McKnight had a pair of caused turnovers to go with his goal. In goal, DiSalvo made seven saves in the victory.
Smyrl had game-highs of five goals and five points for the Bears, while Panaccione had two goals. Weber had three points on two assists and a score, while Neal had a pair of assists. Ridinger and Cody Lefevre had two caused turnovers, while Neal, Matthew Cioeta and Zach Jones had a team-high four groundballs each. In net, Neff made 11 saves.
Washington outshot Ursinus 48-29 in the game and won 12 of the game's 21 face-offs. The Shoremen were 18-for-19 in clears, while the Bears went 17-for-21. In man-up situations, WC was 2-for-3, while Ursinus went 1-for-2. Both squads scooped up 30 groundballs in the contest.
Washington is back in action on Saturday afternoon when they play at Dickinson with face-off scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in Centennial Conference action.