Posted: March 17, 2009
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Trailing by eight goals more than halfway through the third quarter, Lehigh unleashed a furious rally to tie its game with Army at 12 in the final minute of regulation. Freshman Cameron Lao-Gosney then put the finishing touches on a brilliant performance, scoring his fifth and final goal with 1:34 remaining in overtime to lift the Mountain Hawks to a dramatic 13-12 come-from-behind win over the No. 16 Black Knights on Tuesday evening at Michie Stadium. Lao-Gosney and classmate Adam Johnston combined for nine goals, while senior Ricky Cornetta added two as the Brown and White picks up its first Patriot League victory of the season. Jeremy Boltus netted three scores for Army, which falls to 4-3 overall and 0-1 in the league following the setback.
Down 12-11 in the final minutes of regulation, Lehigh rallied to tie the score at 12 following an Army penalty which gave the Brown and White an extra man opportunity. The Mountain Hawks took advantage as Johnston took a feed from Cornetta and fired it into the back of the net for his fourth score of the evening with 1:01 on the clock. Lehigh won the ensuing face-off and had a chance to win in regulation, but Max Dahlem’s shot was stopped and the teams headed for overtime where Lao-Gosney took matters into his own hands.
Lehigh out shot the Black Knights 38-37 on the night and scooped up 32 ground balls to the Black Knights 23. The Mountain Hawks were also 13-of-17 on clear attempts. Will Scudder was 17-of-28 on face-offs and also led the Brown and White with eight ground balls, while Lao-Gosney scooped up four GBs. Cornetta finished with seven points, which came on a pair of goals and five assists, while in goal Conor Murphy got the start and sent back seven shots before giving way to Morgan Haller who played the final 19 minutes of regulation and overtime, stopping three shots in that time.
Sean Repperd was 10-of-23 in the X for Army and scooped up two ground balls, while Rob McCallion added three ground balls. Tom Palesky went the entire 64 minutes and stopped 14 shots in goal for the home team, while Boltus wound up with five points on three goals and a pair of helpers.
Lehigh took an early 1-0 lead on a Johnston goal less than three minutes into the contest, but from there Army netted six straight to take a 6-1 lead at the 9:09 mark of the second. Cornetta stopped the Black Knights run with a pair of scores in 40 seconds to bring the Mountain Hawks within three at 6-3. Boltus netted one more score before halftime however, sending the Black Knights into intermission with a 7-3 lead.
Following halftime the Black Knights offense continued its hot play, scoring four straight out of the gate to put Lehigh in an 11-3 hole with just over four minutes remaining in the third. Lehigh never got rattled though as Lao-Gosney and Johnston each scored goals in the final three minutes off of assists from Cornetta to pull the Mountain Hawks within 11-5 at the end of three quarters.
Lao-Gosney opened the fourth with yet another score to bring Lehigh to within 11-6, but Jason Peyer answered with a score for Army which put Lehigh in yet another six goal hole. The Mountain Hawks never stopped fighting though, as Dahlem began the comeback with a score at the 8:27 mark. Cornetta again assisted on the score. Brian Bienemann then got into the act with exactly eight minutes to go, which made the score 12-8. Lao-Gosney followed with back-to-back scores to bring Lehigh within two, at 12-10 with six minutes to go in regulation.
With 5:10 on the clock Johnston scored an unassisted goal to pull Lehigh to a single goal, and the freshman then backed that up with the game-tying score with 1:01 left. Cornetta’s playmaking abilities were yet again on display as he assisted a goal for the fourth time, sending the teams into overtime where Lehigh came away with its first win over a ranked opponent under second year head coach Kevin Cassese.
Lehigh continues with its four game road trip on Saturday when the Mountain Hawks head back to New York to take on No. 20 St. John’s. The opening face-off is set for 2:00.