Late rally lifts SUNY Cobleskill past Keystone, 12-11 in overtime, Thursday evening

La Plume, Pa.—The Keystone College men's lacrosse team built up a two-goal lead late in the fourth period before SUNY Cobleskill battled back and pulled out a 12-11 victory in overtime Thursday evening at the Giants' Turf Field.

Senior attacker Jeremy Mowrey capped off a three-goal performance by scoring the game-winning goal with 47 seconds remaining in the overtime period to help the Fighting Tigers improve to 1-1 on the season.  Junior attacker Garrett Vigrass led SUNY Cobleskill with five goals and an assist and junior attacker Sean Degnan contributed two goals and an assist.

Keystone, which fell to 0-3, was led by senior midfielder Caleb Strope with four goals and two assists, and senior attacker Ivor Corlette finished with two goals and three assists.  The Giants also received two goals apiece from junior midfield Alec Lloyd and freshman attacker Tyler Brock and senior midfielder Connor Weiler added an assist.

The Giants fell behind 7-4 midway through the second period before Corlette and Strope each scored in the final four minutes to slice SUNY Cobleskill's lead to one at intermission.

Behind two goals from Strope and one by Brock, the Giants out-scored the Fighting Tigers, 3-1, in the third period to take a 9-8 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of action.    Vigrass tied it up at 9-9 with a man-up goal at the 11:41 mark of the fourth period before Lloyd scored twice within 65 seconds to give the Giants an 11-9 lead.

Keystone, however, got flagged for four penalties in the fourth period, and SUNY Cobleskill took advantage by scoring another man-up goal, this time by Degnan with 3:48 left to close the gap to one, 11-10.  With 0:39 remaining, Mowrey tied it up with the first of his two consecutive unassisted goals.

For the game, the Giants were penalized seven times, which the Fighting Tigers cashed in for three man-up goals.

Tonight's effort, however, was a far-cry from last Wednesday's loss at Misericordia. The Giants won 17 of 26 face-offs, including 16 of 25 by junior Richard DeMarchis, and sophomore goalkeepers Dean Orofino and Nicholas Vazquez combined for 13 saves.  The Giants also battled SUNY Cobleskill evenly in two other statistical categories, trailing by only one in shot attempts, 36-35, and by two in ground balls, 43-41.

Junior goalkeeper Willie Wilson finished with 11 saves for SUNY Cobleskill, which now holds a 2-1 lead in the all-time series with Keystone.

Keystone will return to action on Saturday, March 17, against Hood College at the Giants' Turf Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.