Christopher Newport vs. Vassar
March 14, 2010
The Game Story:
NEWPORT NEWS, VA (March 14, 2010) – Down 8-2 midway through the third quarter, the Vassar College men’s lacrosse team scored six straight goals – four of which came in the fourth quarter and included the game tying tally by senior Sean Murray with 1:15 remaining to force overtime against Christopher Newport University, but the host Captains scored the game winning goal with seven seconds to play in the second overtime to defeat the Brewers, 9-8, on Sunday afternoon.

The Brewers, who lost their second overtime game this week, drop to 2-3 overall and will return home to face Castleton State College on Wednesday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. Christopher Newport improves to 4-2 and will next host Washington & Jefferson College on March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Christopher Newport got the game winning goal from freshman midfielder Kyle Pasta with seven seconds remaining. Pasta scored his goal following a shot from fellow freshman teammate Britt Hoover that was saved by Vassar junior goalie Alex Tice. Pasta’s goal thwarted a miraculous comeback by Vassar, one that saw the Brewers rebound from an 8-2 deficit to send the game into overtime with four straight fourth quarter goals.

The second overtime was largely uneventful until the last 28 seconds when the Captains mounted an offensive attack in the Vassar end. The scoring scenario was first initiated by a shot from sophomore attack John Glaser that was blocked by the Vassar defense and then picked up by sophomore attack Zack Hill. In rapid sequence, Hoover got off a shot from Hill's pass that was picked up by Pasta and slipped past Tice. The loss dampened a superb performance by Tice, who set a new career-best with 17 saves in the game.

The first overtime saw the Brewers put three shots on goal against CNU freshman goalie Andy McGregor, one each coming from senior midfielder Nick Cardillo, sophomore midfielder Jeff Lee and senior attack Sam Seymour. The Captains closed out the quarter with Glaser hitting the crossbar as time expired.

The Brewers made their furious comeback at the 7:10 mark of the third quarter when Cardillo got the momentum rolling with an unassisted goal. Junior attack Matthew Pearce followed with a goal 1:10 later to close the Christopher Newport lead to 8-4, and then the Brewers offense got hot. Vassar scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter, starting when sophomore attack Jack Gross notched the first of his two fourth quarter goals at 12:31. Cardillo tallied Vassar’s sixth goal of the game at 11:19 and was followed by Gross’ second tally at 3:46 and Murray’s with 1:15 remaining in regulation.

Cardillo and Gross had two goals each for Vassar, which had 29 shots in the contest. Freshman midfielder Kevin Righi had three goals for a Captains team that 42 total shots. McGregor made 12 stops in goal for CNU.