Korvin's overtime game winner ends snowy home opener in thrilling fashion

Korvin's overtime game winner ends snowy home opener in thrilling fashion

SALISBURY, Md. – With just over two minutes left in overtime, Lynchburg College began a barrage of three shots in 45 seconds on the Salisbury University defense, but senior goalkeeper Alex Taylor made a low save on the third attempt, and the Gulls quickly cleared the ball up to senior midfielder Greg Korvin; Korvin took the ball, drove down the ride side past a Hornet defender towards the goal and planted a shot in the right side of the cage with 57 seconds left to lift the SU men's lacrosse team over Lynchburg, 12-11, on a snowy Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.

The final score capped a hat trick for Korvin, as senior attackman Luke Phipps and he each netted three goals to lead the Sea Gulls on the day.

Trailing 9-5 at halftime, the Salisbury offense came alive with a five-goal third quarter, and the defense clamped down on the Lynchburg attack, only allowing two goals in the second half and overtime.

Korvin tallied his first goal at the 9:45 mark of the third quarter to ignite the offense, running behind the goal from right to left, coming around the left side and scoring in the top of the goal.

After senior attackman Rhett DePol cut the lead to 9-7 in a similar fashion, Lynchburg built the lead back to three goals with its 10th, but Korvin added his second goal of the game to cut the score again and start a 3-0 run to end the third quarter.

Phipps took advantage of a man-up chance, ripping a shot from the left wing to bring SU within one and with eight seconds left, planted a low shot in the cage to tie the score, 10-10, heading into the final frame.

Lynchburg took an 11-10 lead with 9:31 left in regulation, but just 23 seconds later, DePol found senior attackman Mike Kane on the crease to assist a fastbreak score that tied the game again before the extra time.

The game started evenly, but the Hornets dominated the second quarter to build up its lead before the half and Salisbury's comeback.

Senior midfield Donovan Lange netted a shot from the right wing to start the scoring at the 13:23 mark in the first quarter. After two Hornet scores, sophomore midfielder Thomas Cirillo and Phipps each added goals to take a 3-2 lead, but a late goal for Lynchburg with only one second on the clock knotted the score, 3-3, heading into the second quarter.

The Hornets outscored the Gulls 6-2 in the second, with senior midfielder Brandon Kendrick scoring both goals for Salisbury. In the frame, Lynchburg won eight-of-nine faceoffs and scored three goals in an 18-second span to build the lead.

With the shutdown play of the SU defense, led by senior long-stick midfield Zeke Smith's four caused turnovers, the Gulls found their groove and outshot the Hornets 11-6 in the third quarter and evened out the faceoffs, winning four-of-eight, in the second half to complete the comeback victory.

Taylor played the entire game, making eight saves.

Salisbury will be back in action on the road at Widener University on Saturday; the opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.

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