ONEONTA, N.Y., November 11, 2006 - Springfield College sophomore midfielder Tyler Montgomery (Brunswick, Maine) scored a team-best five goals, and attackers Taylor Brown (Portsmouth, R.I.) and Jake Beebe (Sudbury, Mass.) each added three scores as the Pride edged Hartwick College this afternoon in an overtime thriller, 17-16, at All-Weather Field.
With SC and Hartwick having a history of tight games, including a one-goal game last season, the two teams did not disappoint today as the Pride needed a goal in overtime to defeat the Hawks in non-conference action at Oneonta, N.Y.
With Hartwick down a goal with just over four minutes remaining in the contest, SC spread the field and was able to keep possession for almost the remainder of the game until the Hawks came up with a turnover with 50 seconds remaining.
After a good clear on the ensuing possession, head coach Bill Bjorness called timeout to draw up a play with 26 seconds on the clock. Junior midfielder Pat McCormack took the ball and circled from behind the net and connected to tie the score at 16 apiece with just four seconds left in regulation.
In overtime, the Pride gained possession first but was unable to get a score. Hartwick called another timeout to set up a play in hopes of finding the net for the final goal. After the timeout, however, SC forced a turnover and countered quickly. Junior midfielder Adam Toutain (Lewiston, Maine) came up with the ground ball and streaked down the near sideline before beating a defender and finiding the back of the net for the game-winner in dramatic fashion.
In a game that saw over 100 shots, Pride junior goalkeeper Kyle Cloutier (South Hadley, Mass.) registered 19 saves in SC's first victory of the season. The Pride (1-1) will next play two games on its spring break trip in Baltimore, Md., first squaring off against Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday evening, March 15, in an 8:00 p.m. start, as SC will then be matched up with Cortland State on Saturday afternoon, March 18, in a 4:00 p.m. beginning.