Springfield, Mass. - March 1, 2009 - Jake Jones netted two fourth-quarter goals but it wasn't enough as the Nazareth College Golden Flyers slipped past the Springfield College men's lacrosse team, 9-8, in overtime on a wintery Sunday afternoon on Stagg Field.
The Pride, currently ranked No. 20th in the country in the latest USILA Poll, drop to 0-2 on the season while Nazareth improves to 1-0 on the year.
After Nazareth won the face-off to start the overtime session, the Golden Flyers called a timeout to set up their offense. Out of the timeout, Scott Castle took the ball from the middle of the field, dodged to his left and ripped a jump shot from 10 yards out into the upper corner of the cage to lift the visitors to victory just 50 seconds into the extra frame.
Springfield set up the overtime session by outscoring Nazareth 3-1 in the fourth quarter to force extra time. Trailing by two to start the final quarter, Jake Beebe tallied a man-down goal 41 seconds into the fourth to start the comeback. After John Ferrell caused a turnover on the Golden Flyer's extra man opportunity, Ferrell took the ball down the field and found a wide open Tyler O'Keefe. O'Keefe found Beebe all alone in front of the cage, and Beebe threw several fakes on goalie Todd Dermody before finding the back of the cage. SC then knotted the game at seven all after Joe Heney fired a pass through the Nazareth zone defense to Jake Jones. Jones muscled a shot off while falling down just outside the crease to tie the game with just over seven minutes remaining. The Golden Flyers would not be denied as Mark DeCirce scooped up a ground ball on an unsettled situation and slipped a bounce shot into the net with 5:30 on the clock to put the visitors back on top. Jones then sent the game into overtime as he took a pass from Pat Cavanaugh, fought through a pair of checks, and beat Dermody between the legs with just one minute left in regulation.
Nazareth opened the game with two unassisted strikes to take a 2-0 lead halfway through the opening period. Mike Cummings opened up the scoring just 1:17 in the game as he took his man to the right and buried a bounce shot into the back of the cage for Nazareth's first goal of the 2009 season.
The visitors took a two-goal lead after Castle scored his first goal of the game as he finished a shot on the crease while being checked at the 8:09 mark. Castle's shot was altered by the Springfield check and the ball skirted just over Springfield goalie Tom Albano's left shoulder for the unlikely goal.
The Pride closed out the first quarter scoring as Kyle Gable finished a Mike Delia feed with 4:56 left in the frame. Delia sprinted past his defender to his right and fired a pass into the middle of the field, finding Gable, who ripped a shot from five yards out for his third goal of the year.
Springfield knotted the game at two after Ferrell broke free on a clear and blasted a shot home with his longstick 28 seconds into the second quarter. A Kurt Detwiler goal just under two minutes later put the visitors up by one, only to have Cavanaugh finish a shot after a terrific spin move on the crease and tie the game at three.
The Golden Flyers went into the half up one after DeCirce tallied a man-up goal at the 6:19 mark. DeCirce took advantage of a failed clear and scored on an empty net after confusion in the Pride's defensive third .
A Beebe goal, his first of the season, tied the game at four as he found the top corner of the cage to start the third quarter. The scoring then picked up as Naz scored 21 seconds later, once again taking advantage of a Pride failed clear. C.J. Estes took a pass from DeCirce and found the back of the net while diving across the crease to put the visitors back on top. Springfield would not go away, tying the game at five after Shawn Runyon wrapped around the cage and slipped a shot into the bottom of the net just 28 seconds after Estes goal.
The Golden Flyers increased their lead to two after a goal from Joe Jacobs-Ferderbar and a man-up strike from Castle ended the third quarter, setting up the final dramatics of the game.
Beebe and Jones each finished with two goals to lead the offense, while Cavanaugh added an assist and a goal. Chris Jez and Mike Smith each picked up six ground balls, while Albano recorded five saves in the overtime loss.
For Nazareth, Dermody posted nine saves in the victory . Kyle McLean went 11-for-18 from the face-off "X" to go along with a game-high seven ground balls. Castle tallied a hat trick, while DeCirce notched two goals and an assist in the win.
The Pride return to action on Wednesday afternoon when it travels to take on Gordon at 4:00 pm.