VMI Wins Thrilling Overtime Game Over Wagner

Between the pipes, junior keeper J Rice got his first career win, making six saves in the game. Opposite him, Nicholas Gibaldi suffered his sixth loss of the season, but turned in an outstanding effort with 19 saves.

VMI jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as Hofmeister scored his first goal since the second to last game of 2011. DeBlasio had a hand in the Keydets' first two goals as he assisted Hofmeister and then finished a goal of his own with East on pass.

But the Seahawks locked things up early in the second quarter with back-to-back goals from DePhillips. But Long broke the tie, which was short lived as Wagner charged downfield and scored just over a minute later, tying the game at 3-3.

Wagner (0-6) broke the knot and took a narrow4-3 lead. Nieminski retied the game for a third time as he pushed home a shot with 1:23 left in the first half. VMI grabbed its first halftime lead of the season as Mowbray, a native of near-by Charlottesville, Va., scored his first of the year with only seven seconds on the clock. VMI took a 5-4 lead into the break.

The Seahawks came out in the second half guns blazing and Hurley and O'Rourke recaptured the lead, 6-5 for Wagner. DeBlasio once again tied things at 6-6 but O'Rourke broke the stalemate a minute and a half later.

VMI grabbed its first lead since the start of the second half, ringing up three straight goals from Leonard, Hofmeister and Robarge, who scored just 12 seconds after Hofmeister on the ensuing face-off.

Finding itself down 9-7 at the end of the third, Wagner rallied and snagged a 10-9 lead after three straight goals of its own. VMI's Hofmeister tied things at 10-10 with just under six seconds left on the clock. O'Rourke wrested control from the Keydets with 4:23 left in regulation, a lead which Wagner held until Leonard buried his game-tying marker with five seconds left.

The Seahawks held the ball going into the final two minutes of the game but were restricted to the restraining box, as they had the lead. VMI's pressure defense took advantage of this and forced Wagner into one if its 16 turnovers before heading down field and scoring the tying goal.

VMI will return to the SprinTurf Field, located behind Foster Stadium, on Saturday when the Keydets look to build off of momentum and take on Siena College in the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference clash of the season. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.

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