#20 Georgia Tech Falls on Late Goal to #10 Boston College

ATLANTA, GA - In an instant classic battle between two top 20 teams, the #10 Boston College Eagles (1-0) scored a late goal to edge the #20 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (0-1) in front of a loud crowd over 400 on the brand new Roe Stamps Turf Field.

The Jackets made a fourth quarter surge to erase a three goal deficit and tie the game late. The talented Eagles showed their experience, patiently worked their offense, and were able to get the game winner past the outstanding sophomore goalie, Matt Sommerfeldt (Marietta, GAS/Pope), with 90 seconds left on the clock.

The opening minutes of the game were dominated by the youthful Jackets but they came away empty handed after a flurry of quality shots. The Eagles would strike first late in the quarter when Robert Van Fossan (Summit, NJ/Delbarton) scored to give the Eagles the lead with 2:45 left in the quarter.

Boston College's Antonio Zegarelli (West Newton, MA/Catholic Memorial) dominated face-offs all evening and would get the Eagles another quick possession and a goal in the closing minutes of the quarter to lead 2-0 behind a goal from John Gosstola (Delmar,NY/Bethlehem Central). The second quarter would see the Jackets cut the lead in half when Trey Gantt (Marietta, GA/Lassiter) would score the first of his five goals on the game. But the Eagles would quickly score with their balanced attack when John Lambrecht (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown West) would score to make it 3-1. But there was no quit in the Jackets as Gantt scored his second goal on the day with two minutes remaining to make it 3-2, a score that would hold up to close the half.

The second half saw both teams battling up and down the field with some relentless early season energy. The Eagles would soar early in the third when BC's Thomas Stack (Denver, CO/Regis Jesuit) would push the Eagle lead back to two goals. But Gantt would give the Jackets some life when he scored his third straight with 4:38 left in the third quarter. And then freshman Brian Connolly (Warwick,NY/Warwick Valley) would score his first collegiate goal on an assist from Scott Schroer (Atlanta, GA/Wesleyan) to tie the game at 4 goals a piece with 3:17 left. But the Eagles would respond, and fast. At the two minute mark BC would get two straight goals from Van Fossan on man up opportunities to close out the quarter with a two goal lead.

The fourth quarter would be a great fifteen minutes of non stop action and effort on both teams behalf. The Jackets would flex first when defenseman David Cyron (Lincoln University,PA/Avon Grove) would clear the ball, beat the pressure of the BC defense and score past Eagles goalie Mike Shepard (Lincoln, MA/Roxbury Latin). With the game a one goal advantage for the Eagles, the BC offense would seize control of the game when they scored two goals in a two minute span, one from Lambrecht and one from Peter Kaloostain (Belmont, MA/Belmont Hill). With the three goal lead it all seemed but over for the Jackets.

But the young Tech team would not fold. With six minutes remaining Gantt would net another one on a feed from Chris O'Brien (Manhattan Beach/Mira Costa) on a man up play. Then Colin Granger (Tallahassee, FL/Leon) would take a ground ball coast to coast and rip one over the shoulder of Shepard to make it one goal game. The home crowd went wild with the YELLOW JACKETS cheer surrounding the field. 90 seconds later Gantt would light it up again on an isolation dodge to tie the game at 8 with 3:26 on the clock.

It was time for the Eagles to show their experience and they responded. Zegarelli would win the ensuing face off and BC would patiently run its offense. The Tech defense played strong turning away dodge after dodge. But Robert Van Fossan's little brother Peter (Summit,NJ/Delbarton) would roll on a high side dodge and sneak a shot past Sommerfeldt with 1:51 left. Tech would win the final face-off, get off a few quality shots as the crowd was roaring and the Eagles were hanging on. In the closing seconds, playing man up, after a final timeout the Jackets ran a designed play, Gantt would scorch a shot off Shepard's helmet from close range, a great save that would lock up the game.

2014-02-01



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