Poly chills Northwestern, 7-6

April 14, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Perhaps it was the biting cold, or the pressure of being the only unbeaten team in the City League. Or maybe it was the hard-checking, in-your-face play of the Poly defense, anchored by keeper Dan Bukowski (12 saves).

At any rate, Northwestern (5-1) blew a four-goal lead late in the third quarter before losing, 7-6, in double-overtime to Poly yesterday.

Poly's only lead came 39 seconds into the second three-minute sudden-death overtime as David Neuberger scored his third goal, from point-blank range off an assist from Mike Alt (three assists). Alt had fired from behind keeper David Medlin (eight saves), who was inches shy of stopping Neuberger's blistering one-hopper.

"Mike's great at making guys come at him before he finds one of us open," said Neuberger, who got an assist from Alt for the game-tying goal with 4:39 left in regulation.

It was the second overtime win for the Engineers (7-1), whose only loss came by 9-8 to Patterson. Poly won, 8-7, in overtime against Forest Park -- a team the Vikings hammered, 11-3.

"It seems like we're always down early, but we've been able to come back," said Neuberger. "It doesn't take much to get us hyped up."

Conversely, Northwestern seemed unresponsive overall to the cries of coach John Baumann, whose team had outscored its previous five opponents, 43-11.

"Just three goals? We've never had just three goals at halftime," Baumann screamed at his Vikings, who led, 3-1, at the intermission on two of four goals by Robert Pouncey, and another by Sadique Allison.

"Seventy percent of our goals were assisted coming into this game, but we had no assists on our first three today," Baumann said. "We threw the ball away, forced our passes and forced it into the crease."

Poly defenders Jeff Hamm, Mike Bayne and Eric Newell thwarted the league's speediest midfield of Allison and Pouncey, who combined for 61 goals last year, and DeMonte Stanton, who keyed Northwestern's winning 12 of 15 faceoffs yesterday.

"We were more aggressive late in the game and just decided to back each other up more in the midfield and on defense," said Hamm, who could miss two weeks after hyper-extending his elbow late in the game.

After Stanton went coast-to-coast to stuff his point-blank shot past Bukowski, a goal by George Barbarino -- with a minute left in the third period -- began a 4-0 run for the Engineers. Neuberger scored two goals, once assisted by Thoung Vu, and Ray Mooring scored on an assist by Alt in the fourth period.

The third period began with Scott Hermes' unassisted tally bringing the Engineers within 3-2 before a 3-0 run by the Vikings made it 6-2.

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