March 3, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT (March 3, 2004) - The Manhattan College men's lacrosse team got four goals apiece from Greg Lewis and Justin Otto who scored the game winner in overtime to lead the Jaspers to a 10-9 win over Sacred Heart University Wednesday afternoon. Manhattan tied the game on a goal by Chris Oppito with just 13 seconds on the clock in regulation to force the extra session. The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-2 to start the season.
Manhattan's Eugene Tanner, the Jasper's top returning scorer, opened the scoring at 10:12 of the first quarter, scoring unassisted. Sacred Heart junior Ryan Pettit (Shamong, NJ) got the Pioneer offense started, tying the game up with his first goal of the year at 5:35. The Jaspers Greg Lewis notched the first of his four goals with just over a minute to play in the quarter and then went up 3-1 just 58 seconds into the second quarter on man-up goal by Justin Otto.
The Sacred Heart offense started to click as the Pioneers rattled off three-straight goals to go up 4-3. Senior captain Jorge Bravo (Long Beach, NY) started the run with his first goal of the year, unassisted, at 11:25. Senior Ben Giamichael (Cortland, NY) scored on a feed from Bravo, man-up, at 8:59. Sophomore Matthew Robideau (Massena, NY) completed the run at 5:03 scoring his first goal of the day, unassisted.
The Jaspers were able to pull the score even at 4-4 just 32 seconds later on Otto's second goal of the day and the score remained tied until the half. Manhattan's Lewis gave his team a one goal lead right after the break, converting a Eugene Tanner pass into his second goal of the day. Neither team could score until the three minute mark when Otto buried his second man-up goal of the day to give the Jaspers a two-goal lead, 6-4.
SHU finally got back into the scoring column 57 seconds later on long stick defenseman Chase Caruso's (Huntington, NY) came up with his first career goal on a pass from Robideau. Fellow defenseman Chris Paige (Westfield, MA) followed up with his first goal of the season just 44 seconds later to tie the game at 6-6 at the end of the third quarter.
Manhattan took the lead back 2:45 into the fourth on Lewis' third goal of the afternoon. The Pioneers ran off another three-goal run, started by freshman Peter Greco (Hamburg, NY) who scored at 11:13 to tie it. Senior James Delmonico (West Islip, NY) and Robideau gave the Pioneers a two-goal lead, 9-7, with back to back goals less than a minute apart at 7:38 and 6:42.
Lewis' fourth goal of the day got the Jasper's within one, as he buried a Eugene Tanner pass in the back of the net at 6:07. The Pioneers defense settled as SHU looked to kill off the remaining six minutes protecting a one goal lead. Manhattan would get one more chance when SHU's Kevin Kimball was called for a slashing penalty with 27 seconds to play, giving the Jaspers one last man-up advantage.
Manhattan's Oppito made the most of the Jasper's last ditch efforts, taking a pass from Jeremy Marrano and beating Pioneer goalkeeper Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY) to tie the game with just 13 second on the clock. The Jaspers completed the comeback on Otto's fourth goal of the game, coming with just 37 seconds to play in the overtime. Otto fought his way to the goal and tucked his shot into the top right corner for the game winner.
Manhattan took full advantage of the 12 Sacred Heart penalties, converting five man-up opportunities. In addition to Lewis and Otto's four goal efforts, Tanner turned in a four assist day while Marrano assisted on two other Jasper goals. Konstantine Rountos was strong on the face-off, winning 15-of-22.
For the Pioneers, Robideau finished with two goals and an assist while Bravo had a goal and an assist. Hind made eight saves in taking the loss.
Sacred Heart returns to action this Saturday, March 6th, as they host the 11th ranked Denver Pioneers at 12 noon.
Box Score: 1 2 3 4 OT F Manhattan (1-0) 2 2 2 3 1 10 Sacred Heart (0-2) 1 3 2 3 0 9
Scoring: Goals Sacred Heart -Robideau (2), Bravo, Delmonico, Pettit, Giamichael, Paige, Greco, Caruso Manhattan - Lewis (4), Otto (4), Tanner, Oppito Assists Sacred Heart - Bravo, Kimball, Reardon, Robideau Manhattan - Tanner (4), Marrano (2), Schaefers Goaltending: Sacred Heart - Hind, 8 saves Manhattan - Busweiler, 12 saves Shots: SHU - 41; Manhattan - 37