WENHAM, Mass. — The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team had won all seven of its previous matches against non-conference opponent Gordon College, but it took an epic rally to keep that perfect record intact Saturday afternoon at the Brigham Athletic Complex
After Gordon (2-1) scored the first seven goals over the first 25 minutes of the match, Eastern (1-1) responded with the last 12 over the final 35 minutes on the way to a 12-7 victory.
Without even considering the 24 penalties that accounted for 20 minutes in penalty minutes, it was one of the most bizarre contests in program history.
While the Warriors and sophomore goalie Taylor Huta (Waterford) were shutting out the Fighting Scots over the final 40 minutes, Eastern was effectively killing off seven of Gordon's eight extra-man opportunities and piling up 50 shots against goalie Jay Gallipo.
Down by seven, Eastern got three back before the half – all off the stick of all-conference midfielder Harrison Urda (Milford, NH) who connected for all of his goals in the match in a span of four minutes in the final five minutes of the half. Two unassisted goals from sophomore middie Brett Chin (Framingham, MA) and one from freshman attack Jake Liebowitz (Trumbull) – his first collegiate goal -- in the first three minutes of the second half quickly put the Warriors back in contention and pulled them to within one, 7-6. Liebowitz's second career goal with 67 seconds left in the third quarter evened the score, and five more unanswered goals in the final six minutes of the match sealed the come-from-behind win.
Officially, the third of Chin's four goals proved to be the game-winner and gave Eastern its 8-7 lead with six minutes left in the match.
First-year sophomore Matt Robidoux (Cheshire) won 12 of 18 draws to improve his season percentage to 69.7 (23 of 33), sophomore midfielder Anthony Choronzy (Clinton) and sophomore defenseman Ralph Criscuolo (Wallingford) combining for 16 ground balls.
In his tenth appearance – second career start – Huta made 12 saves for his first career win.
Eastern opens its home season Tuesday at 4 p.m. against Johnson & Wales University.