Scioscia Scores in Final Seconds to Lift Setters Past American International 13-12
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- William Scioscia (Somerset, NJ/Immaculata) scored with seven seconds on the clock to lift the Pace Lacrosse team past the Yellow Jackets of American International College 13-12 in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Setters improve to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the NE-10, while the Yellow Jackets fall to 1-9 and 0-6 in conference play.
The teams traded goals in the opening quarter as Scioscia netted a pair of scores, while Andrew Fritsch (Newark Valley, NY/Maine Endvell) scored as the teams were tied at three after one quarter. The Yellow Jackets scored four of the first five goals to open the second quarter with Thomas Earl (North Babylon, NY/St. Anthony's) broke up the run. The Setters capitalized on the power-play late in the quarter as Matt Gebhardt (West Islip, NY/West Islip) scored with just over a minute to play as Pace trailed 7-5 at the break.
The Setters rallied in the third quarter as Earl scored a pair of goals early in the quarter to pull Pace to with a goal at 8-7. The teams traded goals late in the quarter with Scioscia netting the final goal of the quarter as Pace trailed by as goal at 9-8.
American International extended their lead to 11-8 early in the final quarter but the Setters responded with three unanswered goals. Matt Mirabito (Binghamton, NY/Broome CC) scored at the 11:44 mark of the final quarter. Mirabito assisted on the next Pace goal by Mike Ruppert (Hicksville, NY/Holy Trinity) at the 5:02 mark. Gebhardt pulled the Setters even at 11 off an Earl assist with 2:33 left in the game. American International scored off the ensuing faceoff 13 seconds later but the Setters refused to be denied. Earl netted the equalizer with 1:26 to play but Scioscia scoring the game-winner with just seconds on the clock as Pace completed the comeback to take game 13-12.
For Pace, Earl finished with four goals and one assist, while Gebhardt tallied two goals and three assists. Scioscia totaled four goals, while Mirabito recorded a goal and two assists. In net, Conor Brophy (Pompton Lakes, NJ/DePaul Catholic) played 60 minutes, recording 10 saves to improve to 2-2 on the season.
Pace is back in action on Saturday, April 6 when the Setters host the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College for an NE-10 match-up at 1 pm.