Vermont vs. Quinnipiac
April 13, 2002
The Game Story:
BURLINGTON, Vermont - Quinnipiac's Jeff Speed scored with 1:08 remaining in the first overtime period to lead his team to a hard-fought 9-8 win over Vermont in an America East men's lacrosse game Saturday at UVM's Centennial Field. Speed's goal ended a tremendous game that saw Vermont jump out to a 3-0 lead after one quarter, only to have Quinnipiac (5-4 overall, 1-2 in America East) respond with five unanswered goals in the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead at the half.

In the third quarter, Vermont - 4-7 overall and 0-3 in America East play - got goals from JP Harrison (Columbus, OH) and Phil McKnight (Baltimore, MD) to tie the game at 5-5. Quinnipiac came back again with three straight goals by Mike Baglio, Joe Baglio and Brendan Talbot to take an 8-5 lead. Vermont cut it to 8-6 late in the third on Thomas Hajek's goal with 1:20 remaining, and the Catamounts used goals by McKnight - his third of the game - and Doug Moses (Marietta, NY) to force overtime.

After Vermont misfired on a scoring attempt midway through the overtime, Quinnipiac drove down the field and Andy Pellitier set up Speed at the top of the box. Speed ripped a low shot that went through a tangle of players and past Vermont goalie Ed Burns (Syracuse, NY) for the win. Joe Baglio and Mike Baglio each scored three goals for Quinnipiac, while John Giordano and Brendan Talbot also scored. For Vermont, McKnight finished with three goals, while Moses had two goals and an assist. Hajek had a goal and an assist, and Mark Prior (Syracuse, NY) and JP Harrison also scored.

In goal, Burns was outstanding for Vermont, finishing wit 18 saves, while TJ Barnett was brilliant for Quinnipiac, finishing with nine saves, including three in the final 10 minutes of regulation.