Season-high six goals by Mowrey advances Generals in overtime
(Herkimer's Jeremy Mowrey scored the game winning goal in overtime with 36.6 second left).
HERKIMER, NY – Facing their third nationally ranked opponent in a week, this time in a Region III playoff game, the #9 Herkimer Generals men’s lacrosse team defeated #9 SUNY Delhi 11-10 in overtime Wednesday (4/22) at Wehrum Stadium to advance, defeating the Broncos for the second time this season.
Herkimer (9-3) came out and set the tone early, netting three goals in the first for the 3-1 lead. Isaac Miranda (Norwalk, CT) and Jeremy Mowrey (Johnstown, NY) provided the spark, seeing Miranda score his goal with the team down and Mowrey score his with the team up on assists from Kyle Lee (Cincinnati, OH). It was the first two of three assists Lee finished with in the game.
Miranda and Mowrey then went back-to-back in the second, helping the Generals to a 5-4 lead at intermission. Both scored unassisted with 10:36 and 7:00 minutes left before the break.
Matching the Generals intensity in the first 15 minutes of the second half was SUNY Delhi, outscoring Herkimer 4-2. The Broncos managed to tie the score at 5-5 with 11:41 and 7-7 with 2:15 left in the period, allowing two more goals by Mowrey, his fourth and fifth of the game, for the third tie to that point in the contest.
The final 15 minutes of regulation saw both teams net three goals, needing an extra period to decide the game. Herkimer never trailed however, going up one three separate times on goals by Cristian Ojeda (Ossining, NY) and Lee. It was Ojeda’s only goal of the game and 18th of the season. As for Lee, who leads the team in goals, he was held in check until the fourth, scoring twice. His second broke a 9-9 tie, the fifth tie of the game, on an assist from Mowrey. Lee now has 43 goals this season which is the fifth most goals in the nation.
The sixth tie of the game (10-10) occurred with seven minutes left in regulation. Keeping it that way was goalie Austin Loeffel (Red Hook, NY). The sophomore made four terrific saves in the final three minutes alone to keep the Broncos off the board, finishing with 13 in 60 minutes. At one point Loeffel saved three consecutive shots all in the matter of 26 seconds (1:56, 1:40 and 1:30), helping him to his ninth win of the season.
As previously mentioned, the game did go into a four minute sudden death overtime. Ending the game on his season-high sixth goal was Mowrey with 36.6 left. He connected with Lee for the second time, to the left of the net with the right hand for his 36th goal of the season. The sophomore was due for the Generals in the opening round of the Region III playoffs, netting three goals in his last three games, his worst three game stretch of the season.
Up next for Herkimer is #1 Onondaga Community College. The Lazers defeated SUNY Broome 33-1 to advance. Their Region III Semifinal matchup is scheduled for Saturday, April 25th at 12 p.m. Onondaga will host the Region III semifinal and championship in Syracuse, NY at David W. Murphy Field.
Herkimer (9-3) 11 [OT]
SUNY Delhi (9-4) 10
Generals 3 2 2 3 1 | 11
Broncos 1 2 4 3 0 | 10
Jeremy Mowrey 6G 1A
Isaac Miranda 2G 1A
Kyle Lee 2G 3A
Cristian Ojeda 1G
Ryan Fischer 1A
Jon Wilkins 1A
Ray Maeang 3G
Robbie Steinart 2G 1A
Andrew Delligatti 1G
Jeremy Leary 1G 1A
Anthony Vicario 1G
Connor Filliberto 1G
Billy Kirchner 1G
Austin Loeffel (W, 9-3) 13 saves
John Russo (L) 11 saves
Next Game: 4/25 vs. #1Onondaga 12 p.m.