March 14, 2009

Karwoski OT Goal Lifts Blue in Ivy Opener

March 14, 2009

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The 2009 Ivy League season began with a bang in Philadelphia for the Yale men's lacrosse team as senior attacker Michael Karwoski scored 11 second into overtime to give the Bulldogs a come-from-behind, 14-13 win over Penn at Franklin Field.

Karwoski, who led the Elis (3-2, 1-0 Ivy) with a career-high five goals and one assist, got the ball after Kevin Discepolo won the opening draw in the extra session. Mark Schlam took the ball from Discepolo and flipped it to Karwoski, who was heading down the left side. The Bulldog sniper used a pick by Brian Douglass and found an opening eight yards out before sneaking a shot into the lower corner on Penn goalie Joe Hegener (14 saves).

"Mark [Schlam] moved the ball to me and Brian [Douglass] came up to set a great pick. My defender was all over me until that pick. I was confident it [the shot] was going to go in. I got a good bounce," said Karwoski. "I was having a good day and my shot was on."

Yale erased a 10-5 deficit late in the second quarter by scoring nine of the game's last dozen goals. The Elis held 1-0 and 4-3 leads before the Quakers (1-3, 0-1) went on a five-goal surge early in the second.

Eli newcomer Matt Gibson had three goals and three assists and classmate Gregory Mahony hit the net three times while sophomore Brian Douglass chipped in a pair and his classmate, Alex Forrey, hit the net once.

"We showed a lot of heart and toughness today and I'm very proud of our team," said Yale head coach Andy Shay. "I told them to keep chipping away. We were back in the game all of a sudden."

After Craig Andrzejewski (team-high 3 goals) hit the net at 10:17 of the fourth to give the home team a 12-9 lead, the Bulldogs responded with four straight. Mahony's unassisted tally with 51 seconds left gave the Blue a 13-12 advantage. However, Penn's Casey O'Rourke found the net with 15 seconds left and sent the game to overtime.

The game-winner was redemption for Karwoski, who hit the pipe with a chance to win the game in OT at Franklin Field two years ago. The Elis lost that 2007 contest. Yale had the advantage in shots (48-32) and ground balls (42-29) and barely edged the Quakers in faceoffs (17-14). Both Jonathan Falcone and Andrew Brown saw time in the Bulldog net, combining for eight saves.

"Our coaches have been doing a great job of developing the team as a whole and getting everyone to do something to help," said Karwoski. "He told us that Penn has been getting ahead and then giving up leads, and that we should just hang in there."

Recap filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director

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