Piedmont vs. Transylvania
February 22, 2014
The Game Story:
Demorest, GA - The Piedmont College men's lacrosse team had perhaps its most exciting moment in the young history of their program earlier today when Spencer Ortis scored with just 12 seconds remaining to give Piedmont a 13-12 win at home over visiting Transylvania. The two stood deadlocked at a dozen after a Transy score with 4:11 remaining as the visitors had a chance to win it in the final three minutes, but it was Piedmont who forced the turnover with two minutes to play and gave the home team an opportunity to get the victory. Transy scored twice to open up the game getting a pair of goals les than two minutes in as Sohm and Meyer accounted for the first two scores. After a Piedmont goal by scoring leader Nick Green cut it a one-goal margin, Transy again tallied two unanswered to go up 4-1 still in the first quarter at Walker Athletic Complex. Green would find the net again for PC with 4:35 in the first as the Lions scored on a man-up situation as Piedmont scored on four of their 12 extra-man opportunities in the game. In fact, the first two goals for Piedmont came on man-up opportunities for PC both coming off the stick of Green. After a Transy goal opened the second quarter scoring sheet to make it 5-2 Pioneers, the Lions came back with a two-goal scoring streak of their own with Green getting the first and Spencer Ortis getting the second as the Lions trailed just 5-4 with 8:40 remaining. The two continued to trade shots back and forth with Piedmont tying the score at six with 4:24 to go in the second on another strike from Spencer Ortis Just before the halftime break, Transy's Ben Erwin scored to give the visitors a 7-6 lead as the Pioneers led for much of the opening two quarters though the Lions never trailed by more than a trio of goals on the day to that point. The action would get even tighter in the final two quarters with five ties in the final 30 minutes as the two squads battled for momentum in front of a packed crowd at Walker Athletic Complex. After tying up the score at eight on an Ortis goal with an assist from Sumner Gantz, the Lions took their first lead of the game when Ortis capitalized on another extra-man opportunity with 10:40 remaining in the 3rd to put PC up 9-8. Green followed up that strike with an unassisted effort of his own less than 30 seconds later to extend the advantage to 10-8. However, three straight Pioneer scores put the decision in doubt as Transy took an 11-10 lead with time ticking away in the third on a Clay Douthat goal which came on a man-up chance for the visitors. Combining for 21 goals through three quarters of play, the two would combine for only four scores in the 4th quarter starting with a tying goal by PC at the 11:52 mark as the freshman Frank Cariello scored his second of the season to nod things at 11. PC took the lead with 6:17 remaining on another score by Green, his sixth and final one of the day to put Piedmont up 12-11. Transy tied the score at 12 just over two minutes later to set up a dramatic finish at Walker Athletic Complex as the Lions won the ensuing faceoff as Sumner Gantz took control for the 12th time in 19 tries as he continues to be a force at the start. Despite winning the faceoff, Transy would get it back less than a minute later taking a shot on Piedmont's Mick Baker who watched it sail wide, keeping the score deadlocked at a dozen. After Transy started the action back up, Lion Steve Miraglia caused a Pioneer turnover giving his team the ball back with just under two minutes to play in Demorest. A timeout by Head Coach Pete Manderano gave his team time to set up in the attacking end as they were able to create a shot by Branson Mikell which sailed just wide of the Transy net. Keeping possession, Piedmont would have one final chance to win it with time winding down as Nick Green held the ball on the left side of the crease looking for an opportunity to score his seventh goal of the day. After Green drew attention from several Pioneer defenders, it was Spencer Ortis who got the pass and found the back of the net with just 12 seconds remaining in the game as his score in the waning seconds proved the difference on a sunny day at Walker Athletic Complex with PC winning 13-12. Piedmont outshot the visitors in what was a tight contest throughout just 35-33 while picking up 35 ground balls to 24 for Transy. Mick Baker had ten saves in goal for PC while Pioneer goalie Joshua Slone had eight. With the win, Piedmont moves to 3-0 with all three wins coming at home in 2014, their second straight 3-0 start to a season after opening up with three straight wins in 2013. Two of the three are common opponents in that stretch as Oglethorpe and Millsaps both fell to the Lions in 2013 to start the season while Transylvania handed PC a 16-11 loss on March 23rd of last year. Next up for Piedmont will be Berry College as the Lions hit the road for the first time in 2014 when they travel this coming Wednesday, February 26th. The game with the Southern Athletic Association foe is set to start at 4:00. pm.