Mount St. Mary's rallies to OT win

Jautze's last 2 goals get team to MAAC title game

College Lacrosse

May 04, 2002|By Mike Scandura | Mike Scandura,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Forty-seven seconds were all that stood between Mount St. Mary's and an early exit from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.

But senior Sean Mahon made perhaps the team's biggest defensive play of the season, and freshman Billy Jautze scored perhaps the two biggest goals of his life as Mount St. Mary's rallied yesterday for a 7-6, sudden-death overtime victory against Providence College in a semifinal game at Marist College.

Jautze (four goals, one assist) tied it 6-6 on an unassisted goal with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter and won it at 2:44 of overtime.

Next up for the third-seeded Mountaineers (6-10) is today's 1 p.m. championship game against top-seeded Manhattan, which beat No. 4 St. Joseph's, 11-6, in the other semifinal.

Second-seeded Providence College (9-7), which beat the Mount, 10-5, on April 25, broke a 4-4 tie with two fourth-quarter goals by freshman Dan Giuntini, who had five of his team's six goals. Jautze then bounced a shot past John Farley at 3:48 to make it 6-5.

But as the clock ticked under two minutes, the Friars had the ball and only needed to keep possession in the box to cook the Mountaineers. But Mahon knocked the ball out of Dave Krasnica's stick, and it rolled over the sideline, giving the Mount possession with 47 seconds left.

Jautze fired home another bouncer at 0:17, and the Mountaineers were very much alive.

"We were struggling," Mahon said. "No. 1 [Kyle Ojakian] had it behind [the cage] and everyone's pressed into the middle. He lobbed it over the top, and I was able to get my stick on it and knock it down a little bit.

"As I turned around to pick it up, I missed. No. 2 [Krasnica] went to grab it and start running. I'm exhausted, but I started running after him, and he put his stick in front on himself. I took my hack and whacked it, and the ball went shooting out of bounds. If they kept the ball in the box, we were done."

"We had a new play we put in during practice this week that we called `Bingo,' " Mount coach Tom Gravante said. "When their No. 3 [defenseman Tim Connelly] had the ball, we called `Bingo' because we knew Billy was elusive enough to run by him.

"But the game plan wasn't to have Billy go to the cage. The game plan was to have him beat his man on a slide and make a feed. I'm not going to take credit for coaching in terms of Billy scoring those goals. But once he beat them, we had other kids open - like Andrew Petcoff. He's a freshman, but he happened to find Billy cross-cage, and Billy scored the winning goal."

Mt. St. Mary's 1 1 2 2 1 - 7

Providence 2 1 1 2 0 - 6

Goals: MSM-Jautze 4, Merlini 1, Warfield 1, Rossetti 1; P-Giuntini 5,Dunphy 1. Assists: MSM-Hogg 1, Jautze 1, Warfield 1, Petcoff 1; P-Meehan 2,Houston 1, Ojakian 1, Bosco 1. Saves: MSM-Dryer 7; P-Farley 10.

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