ALAMOSA — The Adams State men's lacrosse team put on a show that fans will not soon forget at home. In a game that easily could have gone either way, the Grizzlies ceased the moment and won an overtime thriller 11-10.
In the early going, it was clear that this was an evenly matched contest. Sloan Wiggins tied things up 1-1 after the Grizzlies (4-3, 3-2 RMAC) fell behind 1-0 only one minute before. The Griffin's Dalton Tuor gave Westminster (3-4, 3-2 RMAC) the lead back less than a minute later. A defensive battle took place for the next five minutes until Danny Krieble evened things up again with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter. A slow start to the second got heated up in the last four minutes with the Griffins scoring once, only to be matched by Kale Wilson and Alex Brydson. This swing gave Adams State a 4-3 lead, their first of the game.
Westminster came out hot in the second half with a pair of goals to reclaim the lead. The Grizzlies would have none of that however as Michael Vaeth notched one in and Collin Cranfield hit two. The 3-0 run put ASU up 7-5 early in the final quarter. The Griffins would not go away that easily though and once again tied things up with a 2-0 run of their own. Over the last few minutes, the game took several swings. Adams State went up, then Westminster went up, then Adams went up again. Holding a 10-9 lead, the Grizzlies shaved off a good portion of the remaining two minutes but left a few seconds in the hands of Troy Vance. With only five seconds remaining, Vance scored to send it to overtime. The four minute overtime period would not last long as Emmitt MacFarlane threw it in off an assist from Morgan Osbourne to give the Grizzlies a dramatic win.
The win breaks the tie with Westminster for third place in the RMAC standings. At 4-2, the Grizzlies are tied for the most wins in a season in program history. The 2012 team had five wins, but they were mostly against club teams and not NCAA teams.
Emmitt MacFarlane had three goals on the day, including the game winner. MacFarlane also added two assists and two ground balls. Joe Quatrochi and Kage Janes each had five ground balls of their own. Connor Johnson continues to be clutch, making 18 saves on the afternoon. Adams State won the battle for ground balls 27-18, and also for faceoffs 15-10.
Head coach Keith Lindgren had this to say of the game, "This was an outstanding game from both teams. Well fought up and down the field. The team played 62 full minutes and were able to sneak past a very well matched foe. Connor Johnson continued to put the team on his back in goal and Emmitt McFarlane came through with a strong performance on the attack and a game winning goal. The strongest piece for us was at the faceoff with Joe Quatrochi and his commanding possession performance. This was a team win and we look forward to building on it walking into Rockhurst next week."
The team heads to St. Louis Friday to take on Maryville. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Chris Little is the ASU Sports Information GA