CUA falls to Goucher 11-10 in overtime

CUA falls to Goucher 11-10 in overtime

WASHINGTON – After rallying to tie the score at 10 in the closing seconds of regulation on Saturday, CUA dropped its second straight overtime decision, falling to Goucher 11-10 inside Cardinal Stadium. The Cards trailed 9-7 with 9:57 to play, before staging a comeback and tying the score with 13 seconds to play in the 4th quarter. Sam Morgan broke the tie though, netting the game-winner 42 seconds into OT.

The teams entered the final 15 minutes knotted at seven, before Goucher scored two straight to open up a 9-7 advantage with 9:57 on the clock.

The Cardinals answered with goals from Nathan Chan and Brian Keith however, to pull even with 5:29 left on the clock.

Pierce Ingram’s score 1:15 later gave the visitors a 10-9 lead, and it looked as though Goucher had done enough to earn a win.

CUA had other plans however, and following an assortment of penalties on both teams with 17 seconds remaining, the Cardinals called a timeout to set up their final play of regulation.

Englert then delivered a dramatic man-down goal to tie the score and send the game into overtime.

Because of the penalties at the end of regulation, Goucher began the extra session with the ball, and 42 seconds in, Morgan found the back of the net to give the Gophers the win.

Both teams were credited with 32 shots on what was a beautiful afternoon for lacrosse. CUA won 13 of the 24 face-offs, led by Kevin Murray, who earned 12 wins.

Harrison Holak stopped 12 shots in goal for the Cards, while Goucher keeper Connor Mishaw made 12 saves of his own.

After Goucher grabbed an early 1-0 lead, Cam Feldman tied the score with a goal at the 11:25 mark of the 1st.

The Gophers went on a 3-0 run for the remainder of the quarter however, to go in front 4-1.

Goals by Englert and Feldman early in the 2nd pulled the Cards to within one, only to see Pierce Ingram find the back of the net to push Goucher’s lead back up to two.

Another Gophers goal then made it a 6-3 game at the break.

CUA began the 3rd quarter the same way it began the 2nd, scoring two quick goals to pull within one. This time it was Chan and Walter Hickey who provided the offense.

Ingram responded with Goucher’s seventh goal of the afternoon, but Brian Keith and Englert scored within 13 seconds of one another to tie the score at seven, setting the stages for an exhilarating 4th quarter.

The Cardinals hit the road for their next two contests, beginning on Wednesday evening when CUA travels to face Washington and Jefferson. Start time is set for 6 p.m.