The Kentucky Stickhorses avenged their Friday night loss to the Baltimore Bombers at Freedom Hall with an 11-10 overtime victory on Sunday. The victory keeps Kentucky (2-3) within striking distance of Baltimore (3-2) in the North American Lacrosse League standings. The game started as a back-and-forth defensive battle with a surprising amount of transition breaks for both teams in their second game within 48 hours. The lone first-quarter goal was off a breakaway by Ryan Maciaszek for Kentucky. Both teams got their offenses going in the second quarter, with Kentucky never able to pull away from Baltimore. The teams went into halftime with Kentucky up 5-4.
Baltimore capitalized on Kentucky penalties in the 3rd quarter, including a 5-minute major penalty for a high hit by Kentucky’s Maciaszek. The Stickhorses answered goal-for-goal to maintain their 1-goal lead 8-7 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Baltimore’s Matt Hickman returned to his multi-goal form in the fourth quarter, scoring all 4 of the Bombers’ final goals, starting in the third quarter. Hickman’s final goal, with 5:46 remaining, tied the game 10-10 and Kentucky had to kill a roughing penalty on defenseman Josh Kacprazak to preserve the tie and send the game to overtime.
Penalties played a role in overtime as the Bombers were assessed a penalty for too many players on the floor, resulting in a penalty shot. Baltimore’s Ginny Capicchioni made one of her several remarkable saves in the game on Jesse Guerin’s penalty shot. Kentucky’s Spencer Lyons likewise made some impressive stops late in the game and in overtime to set up Dewey Porter’s game-winning shot on an assist from Travis Bland.
Most statistics from the game were as even as the score, with the determining difference coming in Kentucky’s dominance of loose balls and face-off wins. Kentucky defenseman Max Schmidt led the game with 11 loose balls controlled in his return to the lineup.
With the victory, Kentucky improves to 2-3 on the season, keeping them in 3rd place behind Baltimore at 3-2. The next game for Kentucky is a game in Baltimore on February 24. The next home game for the Stickhorses is March 2 at Freedom Hall.
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