Orazietti Nets Hat Trick but Leopards Fall in 2OT
April 8, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - Mac Gallagher and Robert Orazietti completed Lafayette's comeback bid, scoring just under two minutes apart to tie the game at 7-7 with 8:23 to play in the fourth quarter. The game remained scoreless until Tyler Eidel of Manhattan bounced a shot past Leopards' goalkeeper Jake Hyatt 44 seconds into the second overtime session to defeat the Maroon & White 8-7 on Tuesday night at Fisher Stadium.
Orazietti netted three goals to lead the Lafayette (2-9) attack. Gallagher notched two tallies and Brian Bock and Jake Mann also registered goals for the Leopards. Erik Cannon paced the defensive unit collecting six groundballs and forcing four turnovers.
Eidel led the Jaspers (3-9) with three tallies while Ryan Payton found the back of the cage twice. Sean McMahon corralled eight groundballs and forced two turnovers for the Manhattan defense.
Gallagher put the Leopards on the board early in the first half, scoring unassisted to tie the game at one at the 11:13 mark in the first quarter. Following back-to-back Jasper goals, Orazietti found the back of the cage to trim the deficit to 3-2 with 13:23 to play in the second. Manhattan quickly responded to go back in front by two. Several minutes later, Mann tallied a goal for the Maroon & White to get Lafayette back within one. The score remained 4-3 as the teams headed into the break.
In the second half, Orazietti netted his second goal of the contest to put the Leopards behind by one, 5-4, with four minutes to play in the third quarter. The Jaspers responded with another tally three minutes later to go up by two entering the final period.
Bock registered a goal on the feed from Morgan Westby just under one minute into the fourth quarter to trim the Manhattan lead to 6-5. After a Jasper tally, Gallagher netted his second goal of the game to bring the Leopards back within one with just over 10 minutes to play. Orazietti found the back of the net for his third goal two minutes later to knot the game up at 7-7 with 8:23 remaining. The game remained scoreless for the final eight minutes of regulation.
After both teams were held scoreless through the first overtime session, Eidel bounced a shot past Jake Hyatt 44 seconds into the second overtime session to knock off the Leopards 8-7.
Hyatt finished with six saves in the contest. Rich Akapnitis stopped 14 shots for the Jaspers.
The Maroon & White outshot the Manhattan 47-20 on the night and held the groundball advantage, 27-25. Lafayette turned the ball over just eight times compared to the Jasper's 21. Manhattan won the faceoff battle, 13-7.
Lafayette will be back in action Friday night at Bucknell for its final road contest of the season. The Leopards will then conclude the regular season at home against Lehigh on Friday, April 18. The game will have an admission fee of $5 for bleacher seats and $10 for chairback seats at the gate. Fans should enter Fisher Stadium through Gate #2. Maroon & White faculty, staff and students with a current ID will receive free admission.