Reilly's Golden Goal Lifts Warriors Past Blue Jays

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. With time running low in the first overtime, junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) picked up a critical groundball behind the net and quickly found freshman Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post West) on the left side of the net, where he deposited the golden goal to lift Lycoming to its second consecutive 8-7 overtime win against Elizabethtown in Commonwealth Conference action at the Shangraw Athletic Complex on Thursday, April 5.

Reilly's goal came with 15 seconds left in overtime, as both teams had opportunities during the extra time. Lycoming (4-5 overall, 1-0 Commonwealth) won the faceoff but a turnover on a pass led to an Elizabethtown (5-5 overall, 0-2 Commonwealth) fast break, but sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y./Immaculate Heart) scooped up the high shot. Lycoming followed with a shot that was saved before an Elizabethtown turnover in Lycoming's zone was scooped up by freshman Joe Marchetti (Cortland, N.Y./Homer) with 1:11 left, setting up the winning possession.

Lycoming fired three shots during the winning possession, with Elizabethtown keeper Brendan Corcoran making one stop, on the shot that Romano cleaned up the groundball behind the net, setting up the winning strike from Reilly.

The Warriors took a 7-2 lead late in the third quarter before the Blue Jays turned the game on its head, closing within four goals with 27 seconds left in the period. In the fourth, the Blue Jays scored four goals in the first eight minutes, with Greg Cauceglia scoring the last two goals to tie the game. Elizabethtown took seven more shots in the period, but Hauk stopped two and one was blocked by the Warrior defense.

The teams played tight in the first half, with the Blue Jays scoring the first goal nearly 14 minutes into the game. Romano, with a sidearm blast from deep in the zone, tied the game with 11 seconds left in the first quarter and Lycoming took its first lead on a man-up goal with 11:42 left, as sophomore Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) connected on his 10th man-up goal of the year.

Elizabethtown tied the game with 4:37 left in the quarter but an unassisted blast from senior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) with 3:47 left gave Lycoming the lead at the break.

The Warriors broke the game open with a four-goal third quarter as the Warriors scored four unassisted goals, with one coming from senior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland), two in a row from Romano and one from freshman Steve Troup (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon), giving Lycoming a 7-2 lead with 1:47 left in the third period, setting up Elizabethtown's comeback.

Romano led the Warriors with three goals, an assist and three groundballs. Reilly added a goal and an assist. Senior Tim Clemente (West Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) was clutch on the 'x' for the Warriors, winning 15 of 18 faceoffs and scooping up nine groundballs. Cory Boushell led the Blue Jays with two goals and an assist and Sean O'Neill added two assists. Kyle Lord paced the defense with five groundballs and two caused turnovers.

In net, Hauk was solid, making 11 saves and scooping up four groundballs for the Warriors. Brendan Corcoran stopped 12 shots for the Blue Jays.

The Warriors get back in action on Tuesday, April 10, as they head to Lebanon Valley for a Commonwealth Conference game at 4:00 p.m.


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