Overtime Goal Sends Endicott to NCAAs
from press release
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Senior midfielder Kyle Jordan (Falmouth, ME) scored the winning goal with 1:04 left in overtime as No. 17 Endicott rallied for a 13-12 victory over No. 19 Western New England in the title game of The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday (May 7).
This was the second consecutive conference crown for the Gulls who received an automatic invitation to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Endicott (15-4) rallied from a two-goal deficit late in the fourth quarter to avenge a 10-9 loss to the Golden Bears in their regular season meeting April 23 in Springfield.
Jordan, who finished with three goals, pulled the visitors within 12-11 with a shot with 2:16 remaining before sophomore attacker Brian Estes (Derry, NH) tallied the equalizer in a man-up situation at the 1:21 mark.
In overtime, Western New England had a pair of shot attempts stopped by sophomore goalie Mike Klein (Darien, CT) who compiled 10 saves. Another Golden Bears attempt just missed to the right.
Endicott took a 5-2 lead after the opening period before Western New England answered with five goals in the second quarter for a 7-7 tie at the break.
Lightning delayed the game for 30 minutes early in the third period.
Senior attacker Jack Curtis (Chelmsford, MA) netted a pair of goals to give the Gulls a 9-7 advantage with 6:52 left in the stanza. He led the team with four goals and an assist.
Western New England (14-5) tied the contest following scores by senior midfielder Mike Santare (South Salem, NY) and senior defender Billy Kelsey (Yorktown Heights, NY). The goal by Kelsey was the first of his career and it came with just five seconds remaining before the end of the quarter.
EC went ahead 10-9 when senior midfielder Chris Gugino (West Hartford, CT) fired in a shot 57 seconds into the final period.
Western New England responded by scoring three times on goals by Santare and sophomore attacker Corrigan Harreys (Essex, CT) in a one minute span, and another by Harreys with 2:52 left in the contest. Harreys led the Golden Bears with four goals and an assist while Santare contributed three goals and an assist.
Senior goalie Brewster Knowlton (Somers, CT) stopped 10 shots for the hosts while Kelsey had six ground balls. Junior midfielder Patrick White (Milton, MA) had a goal and assist, and senior midfielder J. Michael Nardella (Beverly, MA) two assists.
Endicott senior midfielder Chris Cotter (Lordship, CT) chipped-in with a pair of goals. Junior midfielder Sam Ozycz (Cheshire, CT) took 16-of-29 face-offs and picked-up eight ground balls as did senior defender Robert Crossett (Katonah, NY). Gugino finished with two goals while Estes had a goal and two assists.