ALFRED, N.Y. – The Franciscan men's lacrosse team played its second overtime game of the season but Alfred State came out on the winning end with a 10-9 win over the Barons on a cold and snowy Saturday afternoon.
In a tight back-and-fourth affair, the Barons (3-7) fired off two goals within 13 seconds of each other in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter to knot the game at 9-9. Franciscan won the faceoff after Alfred State's final regulation goal to gain possession. The Barons, however, turned it over shortly thereafter but the Pioneers couldn't hang on to the ball as Austin Morga caused a turnover in their defensive zone and allowed FUS to clear the ball. Sophomore captain Mike Rosaschi finished the offensive play with his 15th goal of the season to cut the Pioneer lead back to one goal.
Sophomore Mark Hanlon won the next faceoff on a violation by Alfred State and junior Paul Modzelewski picked up a groundball. Modzelewski tossed the ball to Rosaschi who gave it right back so the junior could send it home to tie the game at 9-9 with 2:12 to play.
Modzelewski had the ball in front of the cage with five seconds to go but Ryan Amidon made the save to send the game into overtime.
Alfred State won the faceoff to open the extra period and quickly called a time out. Coming out of the timeout, the Pioneers set up their play to get Aaron Buck in front of the net and score to hand Alfred State the 10-9 win over FUS.
Franciscan controlled many aspects of the game including shots (47-33), groundballs (48-33), clears (26-28/25-32) and face offs won (16-23/7-23) while both teams were scoreless on extra man opportunities.
"I am really proud of how we played today," remarked head coach Peter Rosaschi. "They played a solid game, we just need to get that one more shot, that one more goal, one more pass. We are right there."
No team held more than a two-goal lead while the lead changed hands four times and was tied six times.
"They really battled today. We have been in a lot of one goal games this year and we would have begged to be in these type of games last year – I am just really proud of these guys."
Buck opened the scoring with a pair of goals in the first half before Rosaschi tied it with a pair of his own. Buck pushed the lead back to 3-2 in favor of Alfred State before Modzelewski and Hanlon scored back-to-back goals to give FUS its first lead of the game. Buck and Joe Johnson closed out the first's scoring with a pair of goals to give Alfred State a 5-4 lead.
The Barons outscored the Pioneers 2-1 in the second quarter as the game went into half time tied 6-6.
Alfred State took its largest lead of the game with two goals to open the fourth quarter but Modzelewski cut it back to one off an assist from Rosaschi. Johnson closed out the Pioneer scoring in the fourth with his second of the game.
Modzelewski led the Barons with four goals 11 groundballs while Rosaschi scored three times and handed out a pair of assists. Hanlon was 14-20 on the face off.
Franciscan returns to the field next Wednesday when the Barons make the short trip to Bethany, W.Va. to face off against the Bison at 4:00 pm.