LOWELL, Mass. — Co-captain Connor Goodwin of New Westminster, B.C., scored twice, including the game-winner at 1:40 of sudden-death overtime to give McGill a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the University of Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks in a men’s lacrosse exhibition game, Sunday.
It was McGill’s first-ever victory over an NCAA Div. 1 team.
The Redmen trailed 2-1 after the opening quarter and 4-1 at halftime but rallied in the second half. They narrowed the gap to 5-4 after the third stanza and outscored UMass 2-1 in the fourth to force overtime.
Goodwin, an electrical engineering senior who also added one helper, fired the winning tally, unassisted, into the top right corner of the net.
Teammate Alexander Rohrbach, a senior from Princeton Junction, N.J., also had a three-point night, including a pair of goals. Other McGill marksmen were Anders Bjella of Milwaukee, Augustus Bolton of Darien, Conn., and Emile Sassone-Lawless of Ithaca, N.Y.
“It was a real defensive battle and playing NCAA teams on U.S. soil is always a challenge,” said Redmen head coach Tim Murdoch, an American who earned degrees from Princeton and Harvard.”The River Hawks fought hard with a fast-paced squad and built up a three-goal halftime lead. Our shooting was off in the first half, but we recovered well and outplayed them in the second half.”
Senior ‘keeper James Spagnuolo of Burnaby, B.C., started in net for McGill, played the first 40 minutes and saved eight of 12 shots. William Waesche, a sophomore from Greenwich, Conn., who came on at halftime, saved four of six shots in to collect the win.
McGill is now 12-1 overall, including an 11-0 mark in league play. They will host Trent University on Saturday at 2 p.m. in their final league game, where the Redmen will be looking to complete their second consecutive perfect season. They have won 25 consecutive regular season games since their last loss, a 11-10 setback at Bishop’s, Sept. 27, 2012.
McGill, which has already clinched the CUFLA East pennant, appears to be on a collision course to host Ottawa (3-8), the most likely sixth seed, in a CUFLA sudden-death quarter-final on Oct. 30, in a 9 p.m. start at Molson Stadium.