Vmi vs. Robert Morris
March 12, 2005
The Game Story:
LEXINGTON, Va[IMAGE] - Senior attackman Leo McInerney (Syracuse,
NY/Marcellus) forced overtime with a goal from close range that just
beat the buzzer at the end of regulation; then scored the game-winner
just 13 seconds into the extra session to give VMI a thrilling
come-from-behind 11-10 victory over Robert Morris University in men's
lacrosse action played at Patchin Field Saturday afternoon. The
victory is the second straight for the Keydets who improve to 2-2 on
the year while the Colonials fall to 0-5 in this their inaugural
season.



With five seconds left in regulation, their was a brief stoppage in
play resulting from the ball going out of play. As the officials
signaled for play to resume, VMI passed the ball quickly into play
from the sideline in its attacking end. McInerney received the ball
and penetrated toward the corner of the goal and scored unassisted
with a shot that snuck by Colonial freshman goalie Jason Dockum
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon). McInerney was hot in the final 30
minutes as he scored six of his goals in the second half including
three straight to open the third quarter scoring. With that in mind,
VMI head coach Doug Bartlett wanted to keep feeding McInerney the
ball while also believing that his team was prepared for pressure
situations like this from their practice routines.



"With five seconds left on the clock, I knew Leo had gotten us back
in the game," Bartlett recalled. "We do a lot of situational
scrimmages. We create those things in practice," Bartlett added. "Leo
took the ball right to the goal and slammed it home. Leo was in a
zone today."



McInerney led the VMI offense with seven goals and two assists while
junior attackman Will Collier (Centreville, Va./Woodberry Forest)
added a pair of goals. Freshman attackman Kevin Hill (Rockville,
Centre, NY/South Side) also added three assists to lead the Keydets
while senior goalie Matt Hook (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) made
five saves. VMI also outshot Robert Morris 40-27 for the game.



The Colonials were led by sophomore attackman Carlo Sunseri
(Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon (Providence) ), freshman attackman
Brendan Young (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon), and freshman midfielder
Todd Greenhalgh (St. Catherines, Ontario/Holy Cross) who scored two
goals apiece. The Colonials also got three assists from freshman
midfielder Michael Fleming (Sarnia, Ont./St. Christopher).



The game went back-and-forth throughout with neither team having more
than a three-goal lead. Robert Morris opened the scoring at 12:19 of
the first quarter when Sunseri scored off an assist from freshman
midfielder Andrew Watt (Kitchener, Ontario/Grand River Collegiate).
VMI answered with the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead with 8:41
left in the opening period. McInerney scored VMI's first goal
unassisted before Collier added the second goal off an assist from
Hill for a 2-1 lead, the Keydets first and only lead of the game
prior to the final score. The game was also tied four times.


The Colonials assumed control from there, scoring four unanswered
goals to move in front 5-2. Young scored two of the goals in the
surge, the first one coming unassisted. Freshman midfielder Alex
Sewell (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) added the final goal of the first
half with an unassisted tally as Robert Morris took a 6-3 lead at
intermission.



McInerney's hot streak opened the second half with his first of three
straight scores being a man-up goal. VMI would outscore the Colonials
4-3 in the third to pull within 9-7 entering the fourth quarter.
McInerney continued his hot and aggressive play in the fourth quarter
scoring a man-up goal off an assist from Hill to pull the Keydets
within one at 9-8 with 11:31 left to play in regulation. For the
game, the Keydets were 2-for-5 in man-up situations while the
Colonials were 1-for-2.



Just over one minute after McInerney's goal, Sunseri scored
unassisted at 10:27 in what would be the Colonials final goal as they
took a 10-8 lead.



The two teams went scoreless over the next 8:27 before VMI scored
twice in the final two minutes to force overtime. Despite the long
scoring drought, VMI kept attacking and shooting as it outshot Robert
Morris 16-2 in the fourth quarter.



McInerney hooked up with Collier who scored with exactly two minutes
left to play in the fourth quarter before McInerney worked his magic
in the waning seconds to the delight of the home crowd.



The overtime session started with the Keydets taking an enormous
amount of momentum with it. The faceoff was a typical tussle with VMI
winning it and moving immediately into attack mode.



"Tony Cavalero and David Trimble did a phenomenal job on the faceoff
in overtime," Bartlett said. "The game-winning goal was a direct
result of the effort Tony and David Trimble put forth."



McInerney would ultimately be the beneficiary as he took a pass from
junior attackman Robert Trimble (Oak Hill, Va./Oakton) and sealed the
VMI win.



The Keydets will have a week to savor this thrilling victory before
resuming play on Saturday, March 19 when Siena visits for a noon game
at Patchin Field.