Western Connecticut Gets by Vassar in Overtime

DANBURY, CT (March 14, 2012) Western Connecticut sophomore attack Ryan Foster scored the game winning goal with 25 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Colonels to a hard-fought 8-7 victory over Vassar College on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference play.

Down 7-5 with 13:31 to play in the contest, the Brewers scored two straight goals off the sticks of senior attack Jack Gross and freshman midfielder Scott Brekne at the 11:12 and 6:34 marks to force overtime.

In the extra stanza, one that had Vassar rifle off four shots and controlled play, WestConn started its assault to goal with 38 seconds left. Following a Vassar shot that went wide left, the Colonels had a successful clear and Foster's second goal of the game and 10th of the season came off an assist from senior midfielder Mike Schoen with just 25 seconds left before the Brewers could force another overtime period.

The lost drops Vassar to 2-2. Western Connecticut improves to 3-1. The Brewers will play their home opener this Saturday, March 16 against Utica at 1:00 p.m. The Colonels will face Plattsburgh State on Saturday at Virginia Beach, VA.

The spirited game, hotly contested with WestConn winning the ground ball battle 51-35, featured phenomenal goaltending by Vassar sophomore Andrew Nicol, who stopped 17 WestConn shots, the second highest of his career. On the strength of back-to-back goals by senior midfielder Jeff Lee and Gross at the end of the third period and start of the fourth, the Brewers forged a 5-3 lead.

But in a game that would have five ties, the Colonels scored four straight goals to take a 7-5 lead with 13:31 to play. Gross and Brekne answered for the Brewers to knot the contets 7-7.

In the final 1:30 of regulation WestConn had an opportunity to win the game after a Vassar holding penalty put the Colonels a man up. The hosts had two shots on goal, one saved by Nicol and the other sailed high.

Gross had two goals for the Brewers, as did senior attack Christopher Toffoli, both of his coming in the first period. Vassar had 29 shots in the contest.

Senior Jeremy Gottlieb had seven ground balls for the Brewers.

The Colonels got three goals from senior attack Ryan Gillis. Senior goalie Tyler Martone made 14 saves.

2012-03-14



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