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Keiser Men Defeat #2 Indiana Tech With Thrilling Last Minute Comeback

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via Keiser press release/website


Game Information
No. 6 Keiser Seahawks 9, No. 2 Indiana Tech 8
Ken White Field (Waleska, Ga.)
Keiser 7-0, 3-0 AAC | Indiana Tech 2-2, 0-0 WHAC

Keiser men’s lacrosse took down the No. 2 team in the country in dramatic fashion this afternoon in a neutral site game on the campus of Reinhardt University. The Seahawks were down by one goal late, but scored two goals in the final 35 seconds of the game to take the win.

Coach's Corner

 “It was a gritty win against a gritty team,” said head coach Patrick Johnston. “Hats off to Indiana Tech, they brought the pressure everywhere and disrupted us all day. Proud of our men for battling until the end and making it happen in the last two minutes.  The defense held it down in the fourth not allowing any goals, Christian Tomei had a huge save and an assist in the fourth to get us back in the hunt. Badik, Cerasualo, Ucros, Stassi and Niemy all connected in the fourth to finish the deal.”

First Quarter
Keiser 1, Indiana Tech 2

  • The Seahawks struck first, with a goal coming from Vincent Cerasuolo with 10:56 on the clock. 
  • IT answered back a minute and-a-half later with a goal, and another goal five minutes later. 

Second Quarter
Keiser 3, Indiana Tech 4

  • Vincent Cerasuolo scored his second goal of the day unassisted with 12:10 on the clock in the second quarter to tie the game.
  • After a few scoreless minutes, the Warriors answered back with a goal.
  • Marek Albiero tied the game with 1:44 remaining, courtesy of a Cole Stassi assist. 
  • IT took the lead going into halftime with a goal with 40 seconds remaining.  
Third Quarter

Keiser 6, Indiana Tech 8

  • Josten Ucros scored the first goal of the half with 13:05 on the clock in the third quarter.
  • Indiana Tech got their offense rolling after that, and scored three goals in three minutes to go up 7-4.
  • AJ Badik broke the IT scoring run with an unassisted goal with 5:51 on the clock. 
  • Josten Ucros scored his second goal of the day three minutes later.
  • IT took a two goal lead with :57 left in the quarter. 
Fourth Quarter

Keiser 9, Indiana Tech 8

  • The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth defensive struggle, with no scoring until there was less than two minutes remaining in the game. 
  • Down by two goals with two minutes remaining, the Seahawks were down to their last chance to maintain their undefeated record.
  • AJ Badik scored with 1:51 on the clock, and put the KU within one. 
  • With :35 on the clock, Josten Ucros completed a hat trick to tie the game. 
  • Cam Provines was victorious on a critical ensuing faceoff, and the Seahawks perfectly executed a play that allowed Braeden Niemy to score the go-ahead goal with :18 remaining. 
  • A desperation shot from Indiana Tech hit the crossbar as time expired, and Keiser secured the win. 

KU Highlights

  • Josten Ucros scored three goals for the second consecutive game.
  • Keiser ended the game on a 3-0 run, and held IT off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. 
  • Christian Tomei (7-0) remained unbeaten and recorded nine saves. Tomei was indispensable in the fourth quarter, making three saves and assisting a goal.
  • Cam Provines went 14-20 on faceoffs.

Team Leaders
No. 6 Keiser
Goals: Ucros (3)
Points: Stassi/Ucros/Cerasuolo (3)
Assists: Stassi (3)
Faceoffs: Provines (14-20)
Ground Balls: Provines (13)
Caused Turnovers: TEAM (3)
Saves: Tomei (9)

No. 2 Indiana Tech
Goals: Langille/Finney (2)
Points: Finney (3)
Assists: Four Players (1)
Faceoffs: Tristan McKneely (5-18)
Ground Balls: Coleman (5)
Caused Turnovers: TEAM (5)
Saves: Twobulls (5)

Up Next

Keiser will face No. 7 Siena Heights tomorrow at noon. 

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