Pat Young went from goat to game-winner.
Young, a sophomore midfielder for the UMBC men's lacrosse team, made up for a holding penalty that gave Stony Brook a six-on-four extra-man opportunity in overtime by scoring with 9.6 seconds left in the extra session to lift the Retrievers to a 12-11 win before an announced 619 at UMBC Stadium on Friday night.
Young, who finished with a team-high four points on three goals and one assist, beat Seawolves sophomore long-stick midfielder Dylan Curry and fired a shot past freshman goalkeeper Hayden Johnston to help the Retrievers improve to 5-4 overall and 8-3 in America East openers.
"I was just excited to get a second chance at it because I had a chance to end it and I missed it and then got the foul," Young said. He added: "I just dodged to my strength and put it on the cage, and it dropped."
A little more than two minutes before his heroics, Young was whistled for holding. Coupled with an interference call on sophomore defenseman Zach Esser with 2:14 left in overtime, Stony Brook had a two-man advantage for 30 seconds.
But redshirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon stonewalled junior attackman Mike Rooney on a high shot from the slot, and Young converted on the other end for UMBC.
"We're two men down in overtime, and you don't practice that a whole lot," coach Don Zimmerman said. "I just thought our guys did a heck of a job. When Gordo needed to come up with a huge save, he did."
Gordon, who finished with a game-high 15 saves, said he had heard the Seawolves urge each other to shoot high on Gordon at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
"Throughout the game, they were shooting low, and at beginning of fourth quarter, I kind of heard them on the sideline [saying], 'You've got to put it upstairs on this kid,' " he said. "So then my mindset was to kind of bait them to put it upstairs. I just felt like that's where he was going, and I anticipated it."
Leading 9-8 after three quarters, the Retrievers got goals from Young and sophomore midfielder Jack Gannon to go up three with 9:02 left in regulation.
But Stony Brook (4-6, 0-1) scored the final three goals of the quarter. Rooney scored with 6:45 remaining, and sophomore attackman Brody Eastwood added two goals, the last with 1:10 remaining, to send the game into overtime.
The Retrievers found themselves in a 4-0 hole in the first quarter, largely because of their own offensive futility. In seven attacking possessions, the team committed two turnovers, failed to back up two shots, had two shots saved by Johnston and had one possession end with two blocked shots.
That allowed the Seawolves to jump out early. Sophomore midfielder Challen Rogers scored twice, and sophomore attackman Matt Schultz had a goal and an assist in the first quarter.
Both sides traded goals to open the second quarter before UMBC scored three straight to inject some hope into the home crowd. Senior faceoff specialist Phil Poe kick-started the spurt when he won a faceoff after a Stony Brook goal and ran down the slot to score with 7:19 remaining.
Seventy-four seconds later, freshman attackman Max Maxwell had the ball behind the net and found sophomore attackman Nate Lewnes (St. Mary's) on the left crease to make the score 5-3.
Then, with 2:45 left in the second quarter, Gannon passed the ball to Young, who fired the ball from the right alley and past Johnston to cut the Seawolves' lead to one at halftime.
Eastwood led all players with five goals, and Rooney finished with one goal and three assists, but Stony Brook coach Jim Nagle could only rue a missed opportunity.
"I feel like we've really improved, and we improved this week," he said. "We're just not getting the results right now."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun