Arnold's OT Snipe Save Lynchburg, Sinks Cortland
from press release
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Robert Arnold scored with 4.7 seconds remaining in overtime to give the No. 10 Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team a 10-9 victory over the No. 6 SUNY Cortland Red Dragons on Friday. The first-ever meeting between the storied programs lived up to the billing in the first game of the Mustang Classic, held at Stevenson University.
Both teams' offenses started off slowly in the first period. LC registered nine shots in the first eight minutes but only two were on goal, both were saved by Mustang goalie Scott Tota. SU only fired two shots, both on cage, with Andrew Fawkes stopping both. During that time frame, the Hornets had two man-up opportunities, and were unsuccessful on both, which is no surprise as the Red Dragons are eighth in the nation in that category.
However, the third time proved to be the charm for Lynchburg, as Austin Stewart scored the first goal of the game off a pass from Aaron Murphy. It was only the third man-down goal allowed by SUNY Cortland in 27 chances this year. The Red Dragons would answer as the period was ending, with Zach Hopps finally putting one past Fawkes with only 21 seconds remaining.
The second quarter was a continuance of the first, with both goalies controlling the tempo early on. Fawkes and Tota combined to make five saves, before Benjamin Dunlavey broke through for Cortland, with Matt Rokoczy assisting on the play. Over two minutes later, Stewart scored his second of the evening to tie up the score at 2-2, this time the assist coming from Todd Galvin. Following an LC timeout, Stewart completed his hat trick at 5:48. But the lead would not last long.
A penalty following the ensuing faceoff gave the Red Dragons their first man-up chance. Nate Garbarino connected on his first of the game to notch the score at 3-3. Following a Cortland timeout, Garbarino scored his second to give CSU the lead. It lasted only six seconds, as Bobby Distler hit Murphy after winning the faceoff, and Murphy tied it up. Both teams had opportunities in the last minute but LC called a timeout with 11 seconds left. After working the ball around, David Alyanakian caught the ball on the right side of the field, got some room, and went low to high on his shot to the far post to give the Hornets the 5-4 lead at the intermission.
To open up the half, Chris Hower scooped up the groundball of the opening faceoff, and held onto the ball for over three minutes, but they could not connect on any shot, and eventually turned it over. Garbarino then took a shot on the edge of the crease and it was saved, but a penalty was given on the shot. Cortland turned it over due to a fine play by Hunter Thompson, only for LC to turn it over on the other end. The Red Dragons went back on the man-advantage, and Mike Cantelli converted as Fawkes came out of the cage.
LC retook the lead on the next possession, as Robert Arnold scored off a rocket shot on the man-up. The Hornets then extend the lead to the largest of the game at 5:20 of the game off of Murphy's second of the game. After a series of LC penalties, with numerous saves by Fawkes in between, Hopps put his second shot of the game in the back of the net on the man-up with 53 seconds on the clock. After Lynchburg took the ball on the next faceoff, Arnold faked a pass to Campbell Armstrong, and launched a shot past Tota, as they would take an 8-6 lead into the fourth.
After Cortland won the next faceoff, Hopps was stoned by Fawkes, and a quick outlet led to Murphy's third goal, and the largest lead of the game. At 12:56, Fawkes stopped Hopps once again, but Hopps finally completed his hat trick at 12:54 off a quick pass from Garbarino. Cody Consul then scored his first of the game for the Red Dragons one minute later, to put the score at 9-8.
The Hornets then committed two straight penalties, and almost let Cortland tie the game, however Tommy Kestermann made a great play to pick off a pass and give LC the ball back. Lynchburg held the ball for over three minutes, until a stall warning gave it back to Cortland. It was then that the Red Dragons tied up the score at 9-9, with Cantelli scoring at exactly 3:00. Lynchburg got the ball back and then went on a two man-up situation for nearly a minute, but could not find the back of the net, as the teams would then head to overtime.
In the overtime, Cortland got the ball back after Tota stopped Armstrong's shot with 2:42. The Red Dragons elected to hold onto the ball for over a minute and a half until Fawkes blocked Rakoczy's shot on the crease, where Hower scrambled to pick it up. After Hower and Luke Ernst combined for the successful clear, an LC timeout was called to set up the final play.
After several passes, Arnold ripped a shot from the center of the field and put it by Tota to complete his hat trick. It was a perfect time for the senior to pick up his first career hat trick.
Hopps led the Red Dragons (5-2 overall) with three goals, two assists, and four groundballs in the game. Tota made 11 saves and Billy Davis won nine of his 16 faceoff attempts.
Fawkes was a brick wall for the Hornets, stopping Hower picked up seven groundballs on the day, with none more important than the one near the end of overtime right in front of the cage.
Lynchburg (5-2) will continue the Mustang Classic on Saturday. The Hornets will take on another New York squad, Nazareth College, in Owings Mills at 5 p.m. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
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