Western men in LEC semifinals with 13-12 overtime victory over UMass Dartmouth
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA (Apr. 30) - Leading 12-10 with 20 seconds to play in regulation, the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team surrendered two goals to host UMass Dartmouth in an LEC tournament quarterfinal match-up, but a goal by senior Andrew Bascom (Franklin, MA) gave Western the victory in four overtime periods and allowed the Colonials to advance to a semifinal showdown at Eastern Connecticut on Friday at 7:00pm.
Scoring for Western were junior Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT) with four goals, freshman Nate Wilson (Norwich, CT) with three goals, sophomore Nick Foley (Walpole, MA) with two goals, freshman John Foristall (Danbury, CT) with two goals, sophomore Anthony Nejame (Danbury, CT) with one goal, and Bascom whose only goal was the game-winner.
Western led 4-2 after one quarter and 9-5 at the half. At the end of three quarters the Western lead stood at 11-9 and the Colonials scored the first goal in the fourth quarter for a 12-9 lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.
UMass Dartmouth scored a goal one minute later and the score remained 12-10 in to the final minute of play. With 19 seconds left in regulation, UMass Dartmouth scored to close to within one goal. The Corsairs then won the faceoff and charged down the field, scoring the tying goal with only three ticks left on the clock.
After playing through nearly four overtime periods in which Western keeper Kevin Seery (East Lyme, CT) made nine saves, Bascom took a crossing pass from Foley and ripped a shot past the UMass Dartmouth keeper for the game winner.
With the victory, Western, now 9-8 on the season, advances to the LEC tournament semifinals and a showdown with in-state rival Eastern Connecticut, the #2 seed, on Friday. Friday's winner will advance to the championship game on Sunday.