Post edges Young Harris 12-11 in double overtime

Ryan Ningard

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Alex Brownlee scored with 2:57 remaining in the second overtime to give Post University a 12-11 non-conference men's lacrosse victory over Young Harris College Monday (March 3) afternoon at the YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field.

The Eagles improved to 3-1 while the Mountain Lions fell to 1-5. It was the third consecutive one-goal loss for Young Harris as well as the first overtime match in the program's history. The Mountain Lions will travel to Philippi, W.Va., for a 2 p.m. match Saturday (March 8) against Alderson-Broaddus University.

Young Harris, which had rallied for a four-goal deficit, sent the match into extra time when Zachary Laird scored off a pass from Matt Spadafora with 30.5 seconds remaining to knot the game at 11. Post had taken an 11-7 lead with 11 minutes remaining after Tim Wright scored a man-up goal. Joe Appolonia and Spadafora scored goals 23 seconds apart to pull the Mountain Lions within two goals at 11-9 with 6:28 to play. Ryan Ningard added an unassisted goal with 3:43 left before Laird's heroics.

Young Harris nearly won the match in regulation, but officials waved off the goal as it found the back of the net after the horn had sounded. The teams battled through a scoreless first overtime period before Brownlee scored the game-winning goal.

Ningard led the Mountain Lion scoring attack with four goals while Spadafora, Laird and Appolonia pushed across two scores. Mason McBroom accounted for the other score. Appolonia, Laird, McBroom, Spadafora and Adam Staniewicz each tallied an assist.

Young Harris held a 38-31 advantage on shots, while Post had a 35-32 lead on ground balls and a 15-13 advantage on faceoffs. Zach Barrett had nine faceoff wins for the Mountain Lions while Andrew Kim had four more. Kim led Young Harris with seven ground balls, while Barrett accounted for five. Laird added four ground balls while Phillip Robertson, Stephen Jordan and Appolonia had three.

Bobby Parker had 11 saves in goal for the Mountain Lions.