Vassar Falls to Utica of Goal with 19 Seconds Left

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (March 17, 2012) Vassar sophomore goalie Andrew Nicol turned in a career high 19 save performance, but visiting Utica scored the game-winning goal with just 44 seconds remaining in the fourth period to hand Brewers a heartfelt 13-12 loss under sunny skies at Weinberg Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Brewers, who trailed 12-10 with 9:50 left in the fourth period, got back-to-back goals from sophomore attack Max Herman to even the game at 12-12 with 2:31 to play and create a dramatic finish to a contest heavy on shots by both teams. Following the ensuing faceoff, the Pioneers gained possession of the ball, called timeout and with 44 seconds remaining got the game winner from sophomore attack Scott Baron, who fronted Nicol from the left side of the cage and rifled his shot into the lower left corner of the goal.

The Brewers suffer their second consecutive one goal loss and drop to 2-3 on the season. Utica improves to 4-1. Vassar begins Liberty League play in its next game, traveling to RPI on March 24 for a 1:00 pm game. Utica next travels to Oswego State on March 21 for a 4:00 pm game.

Vassar jumped ahead 3-0 at the midway point of the first period with two goals from senior attack Christopher Toffoli and one from Herman. Back-to-back goals from Toffoli in the second period pushed the Brewers ahead 6-3 with 8:33 until halftime, but the Pioneers sliced away at the lead and trailed 6-5 at intermission.

Led by the scoring prowess of junior midfielder Ben Winkler, who had six goals in the game and a 48 shot game, Utica tied the contest at 6-6, one of four ties in the second half. The Brewers, however, went on an offensive tear, scoring four straight goals in a four minute span of the third period, coming from senior midfielder Matthew Pearce, two straight from senior attack Jack Gross and one from junior midfielder Ryan McCarthy to take a 10-7 lead.

In the all-important fourth period, Winkler helped break a 10-10 tie with back to back goals at the 10:37 and 9:50 marks to push the Pioneers ahead 12-10 with 9:50 to play. From that point, Utica played slow down, possession lacrosse, attempting to take precious minutes off the clock, only to turn the ball over, which led to both of Herman's goals.

Baron's game-winning goal with 44 seconds to play was just his second of the season.

Toffoli had four goals for the Brewers, with Herman adding three and Gross and Pearce two each. Senior midfielder Jeff Lee had three assists.

Utica senior goalie Wilson Mukrdechian made nine saves in facing 34 Vassar shots.


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