No. 15 Palm Beach Atlantic Nips KSU in OT, Tops Grand Valley

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. With 1:10 remaining in overtime, junior attackman Dominic Scalzo (Webster, N.Y./Webster Thomas) netted the game winner to give Palm Beach Atlantic (6-0) a 16-15 win over Kennesaw State. The Owls (1-7) never led in the game, but answered when it mattered, scoring the equalizer with 0:02 remaining to force overtime.

The Sailfish started fast with goals in the first minute, both just thirteen seconds apart from Dave Schultz (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) and freshman LSM Thomas East (Mabelton, Ga./Whitefield Academy). Goals from Scalzo, senior Joe Ciringione (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun), and senior Ryan Talks (Palm Beach, Fla./St. Andrew's) gave PBA a 6-1 lead late in the first quarter.

Following a four goal Kennesaw State run, Palm Beach Atlantic got back on the board at 7:34 thanks to a goal from sophomore Dan Barry (Whitesboro, N.Y./Whitesboro), assisted by Scalzo. Both teams traded goals before Ciringione found Scalzo to make the score 8-6, a score which held until halftime. In total, the Ciringione-to-Scalzo connection found the back of the net four times.

In the third quarter, all three goals came from Scalzo, contributing to his final tally of seven goals and two assists. A pair of Bobby Hantske (Annapolis, Md./Southern) goals brought the lead to its' biggest margin, five goals. Two KSU goals brought the score closer before a 16-yard shot and goal from junior Colin Price (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock); the score was now 15-12.

Trailing by two with under one minute remaining, Kennesaw State scored at 0:24 and 0:02 to send the game into sudden-victory overtime.

Following an initial save by KSU keeper Trey Koons, the Owls possessed the ball before a great save by PBA senior Cory Ender (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley). On the clear, midfielder Abel Cartwright (Stuart, Fla./Jupiter Christian) sprinted downfield and assisted Scalzo on the overtime winner, sending the PBA bench onto the field and the Sailfish home as a winner.

Palm Beach Atlantic is back on the field this Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. against No. 2 Grand Valley State University (0-0) in the 2013 Sailfish Shootout.

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Senior attackman Joe Ciringione (Merrick, N.Y./Sanford H. Calhoun) scored two goals and assisted on four others as host 15th-ranked Palm Beach Atlantic defeated visiting second-ranked Grand Valley State, 14-10, in a non-conference game this afternoon. The Sailfish (7-0) registered their second-ever win over a top ten program (2012; at No. 8 SCAD) and their first over the No. 2 Lakers.

Following an opening face-off win by Kevan Van Stone (Butler, N.J./Butler), senior Bobby Hantske (Annapolis, Md./Southern) dodged unassisted at 14:26 for the game's first goal. Van Stone would go 20 for 26 in the contest, helping the Sailfish in an effort to control the middle of the field. The tandem of Van Stone and Dave Schultz (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) would combine for a 78.6% win percentage and 24 ground balls.

At 13:39, a goal from Charlie Farmer knotted the score at one, before three more goals from GVSU (including two from Zack Grusell) ballooned the lead to 4-1 Lakers. The four goal run was stemmed by a 30-second Grand Valley State penalty, where Ciringione found junior Colin Price (Fairfax Station, Va./Lake Braddock) for PBA's second goal of the game.

Another 30-second Lakers penalty with 0:30 remaining in the first quarter gave the Sailfish another chance to cash in, which they did (Scalzo via Ciringione). On the ensuing face-off, a Van Stone assist became opportunity for Ciringione, who ripped the net with a high-to-high shot at 0:07. The goal was allowed following a convergence of officials, who determined that the ball did cross the goal line before exiting through the back of the goal.

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