Shaheen Goal Gives Trinity Men's Lacrosse Season-Opening Win At Skidmore
Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Senior tri-captain Nick Shaheen
(Williamsburg, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal with 34 seconds
left in overtime to lead the visiting Trinity College Bantams to an
11-10 win over the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds in men's lacrosse
action this afternoon. Trinity, ranked No. 12 in the
nation, wins its season opener, while the Thoroughbreds drop
Skidmore was first to get on the board when Bryan Connolly found the back of the net at 12:13 of the first quarter. The Thoroughbred lead would not last for long however, as an early man-up advantage for the Bantams resulted in a Matt Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) goal, evening the score at 1-1. Skidmore scored three unanswered goals in the final ten minutes of the first, as Connolly started the scoring run by launching a shot from the circle that Trinity goalie Riley Cahill (South Glastonbury, Conn.) couldn't handle for his second goal of the afternoon. Less than four minutes later, Mike Perlow found the back of the net, giving the Thoroughbreds a 3-1 lead. Jon Hoeg capped the scoring run at 1:30 as he broke away from his defender for Skidmore's fourth goal of the opening frame.
As the second quarter got underway, Trinity senior tri-captain attackman Rob Nogueras (Parkland, Fla.) scored two quick goals for Trinity to bring the Bantams within one. Skidmore answered at 6:48, as the Thoroughbreds had the man-up advantage. Perlow drove the middle and dumped it off to an open Hoeg who rifled it in. The Thoroughbreds were at it again seconds later when Seth Berger won the faceoff and found Thomas Park for Skidmore's sixth goal. The teams traded goals before the break to make the score 7-4 as both teams broke for halftime.
Both teams battled back-and-forth for much of the second half. Entering the fourth quarter, Skidmore clung to an 8-6 lead, but Trinity stormed back, producing a 3-0 run of its own to take a 9-8 lead - its first lead of the afternoon. Skidmore evened the score at 9-9 and a Hoeg pass found the stick of Kevin Mulvey who beat Cahill with a low shot to give Skidmore a 10-9 lead with 3:30 left in regulation. Seconds later, Trinity junior T.J. Cholnoky (Greenwich, Conn.) forced a turnover, and classmate Terence Olsen (Avon, Conn.) picked up the ball and tied the game with a shot past Skidmore's Matt Diaco with 3:12 left in the game.
In the extra frame, Cahill made two saves early and Shaheen ended it on Trinity's first shot on goal of the overtime with his fourth goal of the contest. Nogueras scored three goals Cohen added three points as well (two goals, one assist). Matt Diaco recorded 13 saves in the loss for Skidmore, while Cahill nabbed 14.