Yeomen Drop Home Finale to Saint Vincent in 2OT

Oberlin, Ohio Freshman goalie Erickson Andrews made a career-high 22 saves and sophomore Mickey Fiorillo scored four times, but it wasn't enough as the visiting St. Vincent Bearcats stole an 8-7 double-overtime victory away from Oberlin on Wednesday afternoon at Fred Shults Field.

The game-winning goal came courtesy of Mike Diggs and took just 10 seconds into the second overtime. A push on the Yeomen to end the first overtime gave the Bearcats the ball to start the second session of extra time and right off the whistle Diggs was able to split the Yeomen defense before beating Andrews for the score.

Oberlin had a golden opportunity to win the game in the first overtime as the Bearcats got flagged for a two-minute non-releasable penalty with 2:22 left to play. However, Eli Fisher's shot attemptt from down inside with just 20 seconds gone in the penalty was turned away by the Bearcats' goalie Adam Gunter.

With the game tied at three at the half, Oberlin was able to gain control of the game by scoring the first three goals of the third quarter. Thomas Hake sandwiched in his fifth score of the season in-between two Fiorillo finishes to make it a 6-3 game in favor of the Yeomen.

Unfortunately, the Yeomen momentum didn't last for long as the Bearcats responded by scoring the final two goals of the third before adding the equalizer just moments into the fourth quarter.

Fiorillo would cash in his fourth and final goal of the game and 15th of the season at the 9:19 mark and it appeared that the Yeomen would be able to hang on, but Diggs had other ideas as he tied the game at seven with just 38 seconds left in regulation. The Bearcats had one last chance to win it with just six seconds to go, but Andrews made a huge save to force the extra time.

Playing for the final time at Fred Shults Field, senior Dan Fineman scored his 14th goal of the season. Thomas Cool had the other OC tally.

Ted Palis and Brain Shupack spearheaded the Yeomen defense along with Andrews as they finished with six and five ground balls, respectively.

The Bearcats out-shot the Yeomen 51-38 and had a slight 39-37 edge in ground balls. Oberlin also hindered its cause by winning just 3 of 19 face-offs.

Oberlin will conclude its season on Saturday afternoon when it travels south to take Otterbein University at 1:00 p.m.

2012-05-02



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