Grand Canyon vs. Mesa
February 24, 2011
The Game Story:
The Grand Canyon University lacrosse team won in thrilling fashion tonight, defeating Mesa State 11-10 in overtime at GCU Soccer Field in Phoenix, Ariz.

Josh Drummond buried a goal from Konner Klein with 40 seconds left in the first overtime to close out the first win of season for the ‘Lopes and the first career win for new head coach Jeff Guy.

“It is always exciting to win a game in overtime,” said Guy. “Our guys played hard the entire game and really deserved to win tonight.”

GCU trailed 4-0 after the first six minutes in the game before Hippensteel’s goal with 7:51 remaining got things going for the ‘Lopes. Hippensteel playing in his first game of the season, finished with a game-high four goals.

Klein would score with 56 seconds left in the first and Hippensteel would add his second goal 55 seconds into the second period to cut the Mavericks lead to 4-3. The Mavericks would add one more to the board and lead 5-3 at halftime.

After falling behind 6-3 early in the third period, Carson Barton’s extra-man goal would once again close the lead to two. Hippensteel would add his third goal of the game and bring GCU within one at 6-5.

Trailing 8-6 heading into the fourth, Drummond scored his first goal of the game with 13:15 left to bring GCU within one once again. Klein, who finished with five points on the night, scored his third goal of the game with 7:26 remaining to tie the score up at 8-8.

Hippensteel’s fourth tally of night with 5:13 left gave GCU their first lead of the game at 9-8. The lead was short lived as the Mavericks’ Nick Cosgrove evened things up 33 seconds later.

Barton scored with 3:38 left to put the ‘Lopes up 10-9, only to see the Mavericks once again tie things up, this time with a goal with 98 seconds to play.

Both teams had chances to win in regulation, but the play of Grand Canyon goalie Andrew Hunter (24 saves) and Mesa State’s Max Freter (5 saves) sent the game into overtime.

As was the case at the end of regulation, both teams had opportunities to put the game away. GCU would win the face-off, but turned the ball over before getting a shot off. Mesa State had an attempt but Andrew Kurth’s shot was wide of the cage, setting the table for Drummond’s game winner.

Mesa State outshot GCU 49-29 for the night, and carried a slim lead in ground balls (26-25). Grand Canyon finished the night 3-for-6 in extra-man opportunities, while Mesa State finished 0-for-3.

The win improves GCU’s overall record to 1-3, 1-1 in the newly formed Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Mesa State falls to 0-3, 0-1 in the WILA.

Grand Canyon is off until they travel to Georgetown, Texas where they will face Southwestern on March 3. The team will next be at home on March 10 at 7 p.m. when Assumption will make a visit to Phoenix.

Complete box score can be viewed here.