Lycoming vs. Messiah
April 25, 2012
The Game Story:
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The play that will remain in everyone’s head is the one that ended it, but there were so many others before a cutting junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) was found in front of the net by freshman Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post West) for a bounce shot goal to give the Lycoming College men’s lacrosse team a 13-12 overtime win against Messiah College in Commonwealth Conference on Wednesday, April 25 at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.
There was junior Matt Doherty (Berlin, Md./Stephen Decatur) diving for a loose ball in front of a Messiah midfielder, knocking the ball loose and into the stick of sophomore Brett Farrell (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder). There was senior Luke VanEmburg (Orefield, Pa./Parkland), with the score tied with 2:29 left, stripping a Messiah attackman coming out of a timeout, picking up the groundball and ensuring Lycoming would keep the ball for the last shot in regulation. There was senior Tim Clemente (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville), despite playing with a hamstring injury that kept him from the field for two faceoffs, winning the final one in overtime before drawing a penalty.
As the Warriors (6-7 overall, 3-2 Commonwealth) moved the ball around the net in the ensuing man-up situation, Reilly found Romano cutting across the center for the game-winner 38 seconds later.
Maybe most importantly, there was junior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air), who with the Warriors down by two goals in the fourth quarter got the team back in the game. First, he scored on a quick shot from the right side from 10 yards out on one of four gives from senior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland). With just 4:18 left, he tied the game with a wraparound beauty, setting up the dramatic finish.
The Warriors took an early lead on a the first of Romano’s seven scores, but Messiah (7-7 overall, 2-3 Commonwealth) answered back with four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead with 5:22 remaining. Sophomore Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) answered back with two goals before the quarter ended and Romano tied the game with 14:05 left in the second quarter.
The Falcons scored three more to take 7-4 lead with 6:05 left in the second half, but a bullet of a goal from Walker brought the Warriors within two goals at halftime, starting a 6-2 run that helped Lycoming take the lead with 4:30 left in the third quarter when freshman Steve Troup (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) found Romano to give Lycoming a 10-9 lead.
Messiah again scored three goals in a row, though, taking a 12-10 lead after the last of three goals from Kevan Schellenburg, setting up Lurie’s run to get the Warriors back in the game.
 Romano tied his career-high with seven score, going with five groundballs, and Lurie and McCaffer each added two goals and an assist. Walker posted a goal, four assists and four groundballs.
Defensively, the Warriors grabbed 48 groundballs, as freshman Kyle Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) caused three turnovers and grabbed six groundballs. Clemente had an outstanding day despite fighting off the injury, winning a career-high 19 faceoffs and picking up 14 groundballs.
Brian Meenan led the Falcons with two goals and three assists and Zac Smith added two goals and two helpers. Sean Keiper led the team defensively, causing four turnovers and adding six groundballs. Jordan Smith picked up six groundballs while winning 10-of-21 in the circle.
In net, sophomore Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) made 10 saves, including three in the fourth quarter, to earn the win. Steve Kozuhowski made 11 saves in the loss for the Falcons.
The Warriors wrap up the regular season and look to nail down a playoff spot on Saturday, April 28, when they head to Alvernia (5-10 overall, 0-5 Commonwealth) for a 1 p.m. game.