Minutemen Fall To Yale in Double Overtime
April 17, 2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn.- Yale's Ned Britt scored a goal with 1:38 to play in the second overtime to lift the Bulldogs to a 9-8 victory over the Minutemen in lacrosse action on Saturday. The loss snaps UMass' four-game winning streak, and drops its record to 6-5 overall.
Britt hit the net for the third time when he raced in from the sideline and headed for the UMass goal before Dan Brillman (2-2-4), who was standing behind the net, hit his teammate in stride. Britt (3-1-4) took four steps and then fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net, just past the outstretched stick of Minutemen goalie Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.).
Yale (5-5), which snapped a five-game skid, was able to register the upset because of the amazing goaltending performance by freshman Jordan Ellis. It was not just the fact that he made 15 saves. Ellis made seven of those stops in the fourth frame before halting four shots in the extra sessions.
UMass, which outshot Yale 44-25, led 2-1 early, but the Bulldogs netted four straight goals for a 4-2 cushion. The Minutemen roared back with five straight scores led 7-4 before the Bulldogs answered with a string of four - including two by Britt - to take the lead back at 8-7 and set up the late drama.
Neil Lundberg's (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) second goal of the game with 53 seconds left in regulation evened the game at 8-8 and forced the overtime session.
Both squads had great chances to win it in the first overtime, but Ellis was the star with three saves. He needed another in the second extra frame to set up the game-winner for the Bulldogs.
THe Minutemen will head to Washington, D.C., next weekend for a 1:00 p.m. game against Georgetown on Saturday, April 24.