Drew Tops Men's Lax in Overtime, 11-10
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - It was another heartbreaking overtime loss for the Swarthmore College men's lacrosse team (4-7), as Drew University's Scott Humphreys netted the game-winning goal off a Garnet turnover less than a minute into overtime, giving the Rangers an 11-10 win over the Garnet at Clothier Field on Wednesday night.
Swarthmore rallied from a three-goal halftime deficit (6-3) and led the Rangers 10-9 with under three minutes remaining in the game. Following a Garnet penalty for slashing, the Rangers tied the game with 1:03 left in regulation with a goal from Andrew Somps, forcing overtime.
Sophomore Jonathan Molloy led he Garnet effort with a hat trick, while senior John Bukawyn and freshman Ian Lukaszewicz (pictured) were right behind with two goals apiece. Sophomore Brendan Conway put the Garnet ahead with his goal late the fourth quarter, junior Steve Selverian added a goal and assist while junior Wes Marcik rounded out the Swat scoring.
On the defensive end, senior Michael Brockway made 11 saves in goal while senior Matt Bowers forced a team-high four turnovers.
The Garnet took an early 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Bukawyn and Selverian in the opening five minute of play, but the lead would be short lived. Drew scored the games' next six goals over a 22-minute span, building a 6-2 lead. The Rangers' run was fueled by its dominance on the faceoff, winning 11 of 12 in the first half.
Molloy scored the first of his three goals in the game just 22 seconds before the half, halting the Drew run and giving the Garnet some much-needed momentum heading into the break.
Down 6-3 to start the third, the Garnet's fortunes changed thanks to some significantly improved play on the offensive end. Goals from Marcik, Lukaszewicz and Molloy helped the Garnet cut the deficit to 8-6 heading into the fourth period.
Swarthmore's offense kept rolling right into the fourth, as back-to-back goals from Bukawyn (13:41) and Molloy (12:46) leveled the score at 8-8.
After trading goals, Swarthmore took its first lead since the opening minutes when Conway rifled a shot into the net from distance, putting Swat ahead 10-9.
After Drew tied the game 10-10 on a man-up goal with just 1:03 to play, Swarthmore had two golden chance to win the game in regulation but failed to convert. After Brockway stopped a Drew shot with :29 seconds to play, he launched the ball across the field to a wide open Molloy on the attacking end. With the seconds ticking away, Molloy missed just wide of the goal to keep the score knotted at 10-10. Then with just :02 seconds to play, Seleverian put a shot on goal off an inbound pass, only to be stuffed by Drew keeper Charlie DeSocio, forcing overtime.
Four diffenet players scored two goals apiece for the Rangers, which won its second-consecutive game in overtime.
Swarthmore returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Dickinson at 12:00 pm from Clothier Field Stadium.