Rit vs. Elmira
April 3, 2002
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The Game Story:
Rochester, N.Y. - Junior attackman Andrew Pratt scored the game-winning goal 1:21 into the second overtime to lead the Rochester Institute of Technology men's lacrosse team to a 13-12 victory in Empire 8 action Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers took a 3-1 lead when Chris Vallone scored an unassisted goal with 6:59 remaining in the first quarter. Elmira scored the next two goals from Alexander Karoly and Andrew Slotnick to even the game at 3-3 with 4:16 left in the first.

RIT's Chris Copeland scored two of his four goals on the afternoon in the final 33 seconds of the first with the first goal from Josh Molinari and second from Geoff Selleck who won the face-off and found Copeland on the right side of the goal.

Elmira came out in the second to tie the game at 5-5 with 6:16 remaining in the first half on goals by Karoly and Keith Holmes. However, the Tigers surged near the end of the of the quarter once again to close out the half with a 7-5 lead. Copeland scored from Molinari at 2:19 and Dan Tuschong netted his first of five in the game with 55 seconds to go.

RIT expanded their lead to 10-5 with three straight goals in the third quarter with Molinari from Vallone and a pair from Tuschong. However, Elmira scored six straight goals to take their first lead since its 1-0 lead on the first goal of the game with 9:45 to go in regulation. Scott McClelland and Slotnick scored a pair of goals apiece to lead the Soaring Eagles charge.

RIT tied the game at 11-11 on Copeland's fourth goal of the game at 6:04 of the fourth and then Ryan Neward gave RIT a 12-11 lead with 2:34 to go.

Elmira's Holmes tied the game at 12-12 to force the sudden-death overtime with 1:09 left in regulation. Elmira managed one wide shot and RIT had one shot wide in the first overtime. Pratt had his first shot in the second overtime go wide, but slipped it past Elmira goalie Ty Hong for the game-winner.