Shoremen Score Two Goals with Less Than 10 Seconds Left in Regulation to Tie Game
SWARTHMORE, Pa. -- Visiting Washington College scored twice in the final 10 seconds of regulation and got the game-winning goal from freshman attackman Tyler Powers (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) 3:09 into the extra session to pull off an improbable 10-9 comeback win in overtime over host Swarthmore College in Centennial Conference men's lacrosse action tonight on Clothier Field.
The Garnet (6-7, 1-6 Centennial) jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the game, scoring three goals in a span of 3:47 early in the second quarter capped off by an extra-man goal by Matt Johnson off a Chris Thomson assist with 10:27 on the clock to take that four-goal advantage.
The Shoremen (6-8, 5-2) would then run off the next six goals to turn that deficit into a 7-5 lead. Senior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) scored off an assist from senior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) with 1:40 left in the second and then found the back of the net again with 21 seconds to go before the intermission. Luke Birnbaum opened the second-half scoring with 12:52 to go in the third quarter and sophomore midfielder Matt Allen (Wrentham, Mass./Bishop Feehan) followed with a goal with 9:30 left. Senior midfielder Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) tallied Washington's sixth goal off an Allen assist with 2:37 left in the third before Luck capped off the run with a goal with 25 seconds to play in the period.
Swarthmore then scored the next four goals to take a 9-7 lead. Alex Mandel scored off an Alex Scott assist to end the third-quarter scoring with 25 seconds left. Andrew Preiser found Johnson for a goal with 11:27 left in the fourth, Sam Sokota scored off a Cam Marsh feed with 6:57 left to put Swarthmore in front, and Preiser scored what seemed like the clincher with 2:52 to go.
Powers cut the Swarthmore advantage to a single goal with just eight seconds remaining in regulation after a Swarthmore turnover on a failed clear with 37 seconds to go. Senior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) then won the ensuing face-off and ground ball and quickly fed sophomore attackman Stephen Goff, Jr. (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School) who then found Luck for the game-tying goal with just six-tenths of a second to play.
Trapp won the face-off to start overtime and the Shoremen never lost possession before the game-winner by Powers, off an assist from Sam Birnbaum, with 51 seconds remaining.
All told, six of the Shoremen's goals in the game came with under three minutes left in a period, including four with under a minute to go in a period. Luck finished with a career-best five goals for Washington, while Powers totaled two. Both Birnbaums and Allen each had one goal and one assist. Trapp went 14-for-19 on face-offs and scooped up eight ground balls. Sophomore goalie Jackson Szurley (Lincoln, R.I./Moses Brown) made seven saves in the win.
Preiser led Swarthmore with two goals and two assists, while Johnson and Will Black each finished with two goals for the Garnet. Cole Fox made 17 saves for Swarthmore.
The Shoremen, who held a 52-28 advantage in shots in the contest, return to action Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at second-ranked Gettysburg, their regular-season finale. With either a win in that game, a loss by McDaniel to Ursinus, or a Dickinson loss to Franklin & Marshall, the Shoremen would clinch a berth in the Centennial Conference Tournament.