Jake Posey scored with two minutes left in the second overtime off an assist from Ian Cordwell to lift CCBC-Essex past Herkimer, 16-15, in the semifinals of the JUCO men's lacrosse national championships yesterday at CCBC-Catonsville.
Essex (11-4), the tournament's third seed, will play top-ranked Nassau in today's title game at 1 p.m. at CCBC-Catonsville.
Herkimer, the second seed, fell to 14-2.
Freshman Chris Petrush (C.M. Wright) had 26 saves for the Knights, including five point-blank stops in the two overtime periods.
"He was unbelievable," said Knights coach Tim Puls. "These kids just played tremendous."
Cordwell scored three goals and had two assists for the Knights, who forced overtime when long-stick defender Aaron Sherwood scored with two minutes left in regulation.
Playing in his first game since dislocating his elbow on April 2, Joe Trentzsch had three goals and an assist.
For Herkimer, Delby Powless scored six goals, and Todd Holdridge had three goals and four assists.
Nassau CC 14, Anne Arundel CC 8: In the other semifinal, Mike Zablelski scored four goals and Brendan Morgan and Sean Meagner scored three each to lead top-ranked Nassau (17-1) over No. 4 seed Anne Arundel.
Nassau (17-1) jumped out to a 10-2 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way.