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Last Second Goal Lifts Harford in Stunning Comeback Over Nassau

Last Second Goal Lifts Harford in Stunning Comeback Over Nassau
  • Harford Fighting Owls vs. Nassau Lions
  • Score: # 6 Harford 10 – #3 Nassau 9
  • Records: # 6 Harford 2-1 – #3 Nassau 2-1
  • Location: Bel Air, Md. – Harford Stadium 
  • The Short Story: The Harford men's lacrosse team pulled of a comeback for the ages, scoring six straight goals in the fourth quarter including the game winner as time expired to upset the third ranked team in the country.
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HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Nassau Lions, fresh off a win at Anne Arundel, arrived at Harford expecting to head back to New York with another win.
  • Everything looked to be going Nassau's win early on with six straight goals to start the game as the shut Harford out for the first 17 minutes of the game.
  • Andy Stump got the Fighting Owls on the board from a Nick Esser assist early in the second quarter.
  • After another Lions goal, Chris Parrott won the face-off clean and went right to goal to score his third of the season. Parrott won 8-16 face-offs against the vaunted Lions.
  • The Lions answered right back before John Perry and Tyler Wagoner scored early in the second half.
  • Nassau scored a man-up goal late in the third quarter as Harford was charged with 11 penalties in the game with the Lions converting on just two of them.
  • The miracle fourth quarter started with Kyle Thomas winning a face-off as he won 4-5 in the circle. 
  • Harford was not the only team killing themselves with penalties as Nassau was charged with four in the fourth quarter alone, with Austin Johnston taking advantage of the first one with nine minutes left in the game.
  • John Perry scored his second of the game on a Tyler Wagoner assist and Brandon Johnston scored a minute and a half later to cut the deficit to 9-7.
  • That is when the Kyle Barkley show took over as he scored his first goal man-up from Nick Esser with three minutes left. 
  • With just over a minute left in the game, Harford scored again when Esser's attempted pass bounced fortunately to Barkley who rifled a shot into the net to tie the game at 9-9.
  • Nassau won the ensuing face-off on a violation, but the Lions Wade Walker mistakenly walked out of bounds behind the Harford goal to turn the ball over.
  • Harford fought for a ground ball that Tyler Wagoner scooped up and found Nick Esser open behind the Lions goal. 
  • With just a few seconds left, his pass hit Kyle Barkley who ripped a shot into the bottom left corner of the net with no time left on the clock to send the Harford Stadium into an eruption of celebration.


GAME QUOTES AND NOTES:

  • Head Coach Aaron Verardi: "We played with tremendous heart and toughness today. We didn't play our best lacrosse at times and made some mistakes which got us into a pretty deep hole going into the fourth quarter against a very good team. Our guys never gave up, made some big plays and took it one goal at a time. This was a huge step in the maturation process for our team and we will build off of this win as we continue to get better throughout the season."
  • Freshman midfielder Kyle Barkley: "We are a team that fights hard and doesn't give up until the final whistle is blown. We came out of halftime down 8-2 ready to win the war and that's what we did. Our defense held them to just one goal in the whole second half and I am proud to be a part of a team like this. We treat each other like brothers and always have each other's backs. Luckily, I was able to finish the win today with the three goals at the end including the game winner."
  • The Nassau Lions, fresh off a win at Anne Arundel, arrived at Harford expecting to head back to New York with another win.
  • This is the first time in Harford's recorded history that they have defeated Nassau with a minimum of eight straight losses against the Lions preceding this amazing win.
  • Easy to overlook in the madness of the fourth quarter was the stellar play of Harford goalkeeper Jacob Laubner and the Fighting Owls defense led by Collin BeckStephen Hill, and Zach Magaw. Laubner tallied 16 saves, Magaw came up with three ground balls and four caused turnovers while Beck finished with four ground balls and one caused turnover.
  • Nick Esser finished the game with four assists, three of them coming in the final stanza.
  • With Barkley's second consecutive game with a hat trick, he now trails John Perry by one for the team lead in goals.
  • Andy Stump came up with eight ground balls, many of which came from playing on the wing for face-offs.