April 3, 2010

Oates Delivers for Army in Overtime

from press release

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army senior attackman Tyler Oates scored 28 seconds into overtime to lead the Black Knights to an 11-10 victory over visiting Colgate in Patriot League lacrosse action, Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

Oates received a feed from junior attackman Jeremy Boltus 15 yards in front of the Colgate (1-8, 0-3 PL) cage and stuck a low-liner in the back of the net for the game-winning tally with 3:32 showing on the clock. The Black Knights (4-5, 2-0 PL) trailed, 10-8, with 7:26 to play, but a goal by sophomore midfielder Devin Lynch at 7:26, and another by freshman attackman Garrett Thul with 1:51 left in regulation knotted the game, 10-10, to force Army's third overtime game of the season.

Colgate was hit with a holding penalty with 1.9 showing on the clock and was forced to start the overtime period man-down. Oates' game-winner came just as the Raider penalty was expiring.

"Boltus fed me a good ball and there was a good seem to shoot through," said Oates of the overtime game-winner. "We had been shooting high earlier, so I went low-to-low and it stunned them. Every time we go to overtime, it always feels like, 'here we go again.' Today, the bench was really positive and we had a feeling we were going to pull it out today and we did."

Boltus led all scorers with his fifth five-point performance of the season, totaling  three goals and two assists, while Thul chipped in four points on three goals and an assist to lead the Black Knight attack. Junior goalkeeper Tom Palesky totaled 11 saves to preserve Army's third victory in four outings.

"It was a great win for our guys. We really stepped up after having a couple things go against us at the start of the fourth quarter," said Army head coach Joe Alberici. "There were some crazy things that happened, but the guys kept their chins up and kept hammering away and making plays. We fought for and came up with a lot of tough, 50-50 ground balls. I also thought it might have been our best offensive effort of the season. We also only turned the ball nine times - that is outstanding."

Colgate jumped out to a 3-1 lead with 6:47 to play in the first quarter. Sophomore attackman Patrick Campbell opened the scoring at 13:04, before Army sophomore midfielder Sean O'Sullivan bounced home a left-handed shot from 10 yards away at 11:29. Raider senior midfielder Ian Murphy converted a five-yard strike at 10:46, before senior defender Mark Kinney scored on the run from seven yards away to build the two-goal advantage.

The teams would trade goals to finish the quarter as Thul scored on a low eight-yard bullet at 4:35, before Colgate junior attackman Ben McCabe answered with 2:11 to play. Thul would wrap the quarter up with a goal after a nice dodge at 1:25 to make it a one-goal lead for the visitors after one.

After 10 minutes of scoreless play, O'Sullivan tied the game with a man-up tally from 12 yards away off Thul feed at the 5:10 mark, before Boltus collected a rebound following a nice save by Raider sophomore goalie Jared Madison and scored to give Army its first lead, 5-4, with 4:40 to play in the half.

Colgate would respond with a 3-0 run to take a 7-5 lead into intermission. Junior midfielder Rob Bosco scored an unassisted goal after a nice dodge at 3:47, before Campbell  beat Palesky at 3:33 and senior defender Michael Crown scored in transition at 1:37.

The Black Knights scored three unanswered goals in the third quarter to retake an 8-7 edge. Boltus would be the recipient of a feed from sophomore LSM Tim Henderson, who had snagged a ground ball off the opening faceoff, which he turned into a goal only 13 seconds into the third period. Boltus would again grab a loose ball off a saved Army shot and beat Madison from close range at 8:08 before hitting sophomore Midfielder Rob McCallion with a pass that resulted in a five-yard score with 1:16 on the clock.

Things started to bounce the Raiders' way at the start of the fourth quarter as the visitors scored three straight goals to take a 10-8 lead. McCabe send a pass out front from behind the Army cage that was knocked down into traffic where Bosco flicked the ball out of the scrum and past Palesky for a tally at 13:52. Following a 15-yard bouncer by freshman midfielder Peter Baum at 12:11, McCabe would take a shot from 15 yards in front of the Army cage that deflected off an Army long pole and into the net at 12:11.

Lynch started the Army comeback by potting a shot from six yards away after a feed from senior attackman Tyler Seymour to make it a one-goal game, 10-9, at 7:26. Palesky came up with a huge save as the Black Knights killed off a Colgate extra-man opportunity with 3:23 remaining before Thul tied things up with a 15-yard low laser off a feed from O'Sullivan with 1:15 remaining in regulation to force overtime.

"We started off a little slow in the first half, but it was really big the way we stepped it up in the second," said junior defenseman Bill Henderson, who finished the day with four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. "We only gave up three goals, and two were tipped by our own players so I felt like we were able to shut them down in the second half pretty well. When they got up early in the fourth, we just went back to work. Our motto the last few weeks has been to keep hammering the rock, and we just stuck to it and it worked out."

BLACK KNIGHT NOTES: Today's victory was Army's first in overtime since defeating Air Force, 11-10, on April 1, 2006 ... the Black Knights were winless in their last five OT games, including two earlier this season at Cornell (L, 12-11) and Air Force (L, 8-7) and three in 2009 ... Army avenged a 10-9 double-overtime loss at Colgate last year ... junior attackman Jeremy Boltus, who entered the week ranked third nationally in assists and fourth in scoring, bounced back from being held scoreless for the first time this season on Tuesday night at Hofstra to register his fifth game scoring at least five points of the season. He moved into 21st place on Army's career scoring list with 116 points, surpassing Doug Shaver '87 who totaled 113 ... freshman attackman Garrett Thul also bounced back from a scoreless night against the Pride to register h is fifth multiple-goal game of the season ... Army was sporting black helmets and black shorts along with its home white jerseys for the first time in over three years ... senior captain Andrew Maisano, who earlier this week was named one of 10 national finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, led the Black Knights onto the field before the game carrying the Stars and Stripes ... Army picked up its first win of the season after trailing at halftime and also improved to 25-5 in the 30th all-time meeting between the teams ... the Black Knights will return to action next Saturday, taking on host Bucknell in an 8:00 p.m. faceoff in Lewisburg, Pa.


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