Updated: Steven Lynch provides winning goal in OT
Steven Lynch scored his program-record tying seventh goal at the 2:03 mark of overtime to give the Foran High boys lacrosse team a 13-12 victory over Hamden High at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex in Milford on Monday.
“Steve has one of the placement shots on the team,” Foran head coach Brian Adkins said after the Lions improved to 6-3. “Sometimes he doesn’t shoot enough to my liking. I told him in pregame that it’s not being selfish (to shoot). He went out there and got seven to tie the school record.”
Jonathan DePascale, Jake Lambert and Lance DiNatale, who did it versus Sheehan this year, all have scored seven goals for the Lions.
Hamden (2-4) had forced the four-minute extra session when Justin Mitchell scored with only 43 seconds left in regulation in this contest between SCC rivals.
“Their lefty attack No. 4 (Mitchell: four goals) had a heckuva game,” Adkins said. “Every time we thought we think we might pull away a bit they came right back down and scored. Dom Sannino (Hamden coach) does a great job. I told my guys it was going to be a battle.
“My three middies — Steve Lynch, Lance DiNatale and Steve Soerensen, all senior captains — really stepped up tonight. I’d take Soerensen, DiNatale and Lynch and put them up against any midfield in SCC Division II, they are as good as it comes.”
The Green Dragons took a 3-2 lead after one period. DiNatale had both Lion goals. Attilo LaVecchia, James Miller and Azari Blake tallied for Hamden.
Each team scored two goals in the second frame.
Lynch tied the game at 3-3; Miller gave the lead back to Hamden, before Lynch garnered another goal. Payten Nevins gave Hamden the 5-4 lead with 4:48 left in the half.
Foran keeper Austin Jennings had eight saves at intermission to three stops for Hamden’s Kevin Collins.
“Austin Jennings did a great job in goal,” Adkins said of his senior “I thought Max Tavitian on defense was phenomenal all game long. Doug (McLenithan-a captain) and Nick (Popel) were strong in front of Austin.
“In the first half our wing play was slow off the draw. Their guy (Dan Collins) had quick hands and was raking it free as well as Lance. Michael Sciuto, Kevin Kwalek, Zac Cleary and Jason Lavallee all came through.
“Will Mauro, Ethan McVoy (two assists) and Matt Davidson helped control our possessions.”
After a quick goal from Mitchell to open the third period, Foran scored three straight times to take a 7-6 lead.
Soerensen (9:17), DeNatale (7:33) and Soerensen (7:01) led the lightning attack.
Hamden countered quickly, as Mitchell (6:45) and Miller (6:33) took the lead back.
Lynch tied the game at 8-8 with 6:05 left in the period and then gave the Lions the lead at the 4:12 mark when his sling-shot from the right side found the net at 1:04 for a 10-8 advantage.
Hamden answered with Blake scoring, but Lynch went top shelf to regain the lead.
Mitchell’s netfinder with 3.7 seconds left brought the score to 11-10 Foran with 12 minutes to play.
Nick Ferraro tied things, but DiNatale rocketed home his fourth goal at 9:34. After Jennings made a touch save, Hamden’s Ryan Morley bounced one home for a 12-12 tie with 8:17 remaining in the fourth period.
Soerensen made a great move to create space and scored his third at the 7:55 mark.
DiNatale won the faceoff and Foran worked the clock maintaining possession with ground balls earned by DiNatale and Sciuto.
Hamden forced a turnover with 2:36 remaining, but after a timeout, Jennings stonewalled Nevins. Collins stopped Lynch twice in the next thirty seconds and Mitchell tied the game at 13 with Hamden up a man.
Foran had one more chance in regulation, but Collins deflected DiNatale’s shot to the near post as the buzzer sounded.
Jennings finished with 13 saves. Collins had 11 stops.
“It was chaotic there in the end,” Adkins said. “After they took it (possession), we got a good ride to get the ball back. Lynch was able to get his feet underneath him and finish. Law comes in next (today at 4:30). They competed with Hamden the other day, so we’ll see what happens.”