Long Island's Goettelmann Ties It, Wins It in OT
by J. Jude Hazard | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online | Game Blog
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Long Island Lizards' first
lead of the game was the only one that mattered.
The Lizards defeated the Machine in overtime, 13-12, behind five goals and one assist from attackman Matt Danowski.
Tim Goettelmann tied the game with 11 seconds left in regulation and slammed the short-range game winner home 1:09 into overtime to improve the Lizards’ record to 2-3. The Machine fell to 3-2.
“That’s just a classic Timmy Goettelmann goal and a great way to end the game,” Danowski said. “He’s too big and he’s too skilled. If he gets that close, most of the time he’s going to bury it.”
The Machine started the game on a 4-0 run and led 7-4 going into halftime, but the Lizards outscored Chicago 5-2 in the third quarter to tie the game heading into the final frame.
“The third quarter, our defense started playing really well,” said Long Island coach Jim Mule. “I think that made a big difference. We talked about that from the beginning of the game.”
Chris Rotelli scored with 1:35 left in regulation to put the Machine up 12-11, but Goettelmann tied it on a goal assisted by John Glynn to force overtime.
“You get one shot and it usually goes in with these sudden [death] victories,” Goettelmann. “Johnny Glynn really set it up, and, on the tying goal too, he made a nice pass.”
Both Goettelmaan and Mule said the recent addition of Parker McKee, the former Duke defenseman and first-round draft pick, was a big factor in the victory.
The game was a homecoming for brothers Mike (2g, 2a) and Kevin Leveille (2g, 3a) who are from nearby Delmar, N.Y.
“We just got off our own track and just gave the game up,” Kevin Leveille said. “We didn’t close them out when we could have early on.”
The announced attendance for Saturday’s game was 2,132, despite pouring rain during much of the game. The majority of fans stayed until the conclusion.
“It was a great turnout,” Kevin Leveille said. “We’ve always known growing up here that lacrosse is a big thing. People take it seriously here.”
Major League Lacrosse Director of Lacrosse Operations Carl Uttaro said the league was excited to have a game in Albany this season.
“Anytime you have a great crowd like that, especially one that stays for the whole game and is enthusiastic for the game, it’s a great sign,” he said. “That was definitely a huge positive for us to get that turnout.”
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