SAINT LEO, Fla. – Opening the home portion of their 2011 schedule, the Saint Leo men’s lacrosse team needed some help from one of their most prolific scorers as sophomore George Proechel punched in a goal with 1:39 left in overtime to send the Lions to a thrilling 12-11 win over visiting Notre Dame de Namur University on Sunday afternoon.
After surrendering the tying goal with just 13 seconds left in regulation, the Lions (3-1) survived the initial face-off win and first possession by the visiting Argonauts. Getting the ball back on a save by SLU goalie Patrick Berry, the Lions transitioned to their side of the field and, after a timeout and Argo penalty, handed the ball to Proechel, who worked his deciding magic.
Early on, the game did not look like it would come down to an overtime goal but an early 6-3 lead by the Lions would slowly be worked down to a tie score.
Notre Dame de Namur (2-3) did not back down, adjusting to the Lions’ attack and eventually forcing the inexperienced SLU shooters into hurried shots. After the six goal outburst in the first quarter, the Lions would only managed six more goals throughout the remainder of the contest, but it was the six and final goal that made all the difference.
When the visitors from Belmont, Calif. managed to take the lead with 12 minutes left in the game the Lions saw almost nine minutes of frustration before freshman Connor McBride scored the equalizer with 3:49 left.
Proechel scored with just 31 seconds left to give the Lions the lead and what looked like a victory in regular time, but the Argos would tie it again before the final buzzer, setting up the overtime suspense.
Proechel finished with four goals and two assists while Matt Obermeyer had three goals as well. McBride would finish with two goals in only two shots.
Earning his third decision of the season, goalie Patrick Berry made 13 saves and allowed 11 goals in the win.
The visiting Argonauts had three two-goal scorers with Ryan Jones, Ryan Hulsey and Derek Kimbrough bringing Notre Dame de Namur into overtime.
The Lions now turn their attention toward the Deep South Conference when they welcome Wingate University to University Field for a mid-week contest. The Lions and Bulldogs will get underway on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. on the Saint Leo campus.