Mitchell edges Lyndon in overtime

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Adam Grillo scored the game-winning goal just 1:56 into overtime to give the Mitchell College men's lacrosse team an 8-7 victory over Lyndon. Grillo led the Mariners with four goals in the contest, three of which came in the fourth quarter or later. Mitchell trailed 4-2 heading into the final 15 minutes of regulation but scored three goals in the first 32 seconds of the quarter to take its first lead.

Lyndon was the sharper team in the first half. The Hornets netted three goals in the first quarter and led 4-2 at the half. Chris Mansour (Mansfield, Mass.) netted two of his team-high four goals in the opening half.

A scoreless third quarter yielded a bevy of scoring in the fourth. The Mariners erupted for three straight goals, winning face-offs each time and marching in for the score. Erik Vasquez got things started and Grillo followed with a pair of scores. Over a 32-second span Mitchell went from trailing by two to leading 5-4.

Mitchell added another goal minutes later on a man-up opportunity when Demetre Lyras found the back of the net. The Hornets didn't go away, however, as Nathan Rivard (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) and Mansour each scored with a man advantage to tie the game at 6-6 with 10 minutes remaining.

Each team scored once more in regulation. Mansour gave the Hornets the lead with his fourth of the game with 7:26 to play, and Nick Johnson answered for the Mariners with 4:51 to go.

In overtime, Max Ercole (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) won the face-off to give Lyndon the first possession, but a turnover gave Mitchell the ball and first crack at a goal. Johnson put a shot on net that was saved by goalie Matt Reynolds (New Fairfield, Conn.), and the Hornets moved up the field for another chance.

Mitchell defender Tyler McDonald then forced a turnover and fed the ball to Grillo in the midfield. Grillo sliced down the middle of the scoring area and took a right-handed shot to beat Reynolds for the game-winning goal.

Reynolds finished with 11 saves against 35 shots. Mitchell goalie Peter Eshenfelder posted 16 saves against 40 shots.

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