Seven Overtimes Not Enough in
Cards lead until the fourth, force seven extra periods
WASHINGTON - Three hours and seven overtimes was not enough for the Catholic University men's lacrosse squad to get a victory Tuesday afternoon at Cardinal Stadium. After leading for much of regulation, the Cardinals fell 10-9 to the York College Spartans (6-6) in a seven-overtime thriller. CUA is now 6-9 on the season with one game to go.
Things started out well for CUA taking a quick 3-0 lead. Jimmy Sinnott (Blue Bell, Pa./LaSalle) fired a shot from the right side off of a pass from Mike DiGiesi (Cherry Hill, N.J./St Joseph's Prep) to score the first. This was followed by a shot from Mike Groh (Walpole, Mass./Xaverian Bros) and then another Sinnot/DiGiesi connection. Both of Sinnott's were man up while Groh's came during a man down situation. York then answered with two to end the first quarter.
CUA started strong again the second with a goal by John Volpe (Newton, Pa./Notre Dame) but once again York brought it within one. Sinnott hit his third score of the day at 6:42 but a pair of late Spartan goals made it 5-5 at the break.
The second half started with a Cardinal run as CUA had two goals in the third while York was blanked. Pat Duffner (Yardly, Pa./Notre Dame) and Kyle Brant (Silver Spring, Md./St. John's) were credited with the scores. The Cards then started the fourth with two more from DiGiesi and Brant to make it 9-5 looking as if CUA would cruise to victory. However, with ten minutes to play in the game things went south for the Cardinals. The defense allowed a 4-0 York run to finish the quarter including the tying goal with thirty seconds left by Ryan McNicholas forcing overtime with the score at nine.
Each overtime was sudden victory for four minutes but as they ticked by it became apparent that both offenses were losing steam while keepers Greg Kavazanjian (Long Beach, N.Y./Long Beach) and Chris Collins stepped up their games. York had 10 saves in the overtime periods while CUA notched eight, many coming off of impressive shots. In the seventh overtime period, the marathon game finally came to an end as Chris Chappelle streaked down the field and got it past Kavazanjian for the sudden victory at 2:41 making the final 10-9.
Sinnott led CUA with three goals while Brant added two to the total. The Cardinals were out shot 47-39 but had one more ground ball. Both squads notched 33 turnovers during the game. Kavazanjian finished with 15 saves for the game but the loss while the York keepers combined for 19 saves.
CUA will host Moravian on Saturday in the final game of the season. The game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., and is part of a Landmark Conference doubleheader with the women's squad.