The Pitt Panthers took the long trip to Boston and knocked off #18 Northeastern and #12 Boston College, greatly improving their chances for an invite to the dance. Pitt was led by their D1 transfer, Junior Captain Tyler Novotny who scored 4 goals against the Huskies and came back the next night to score 4 goals and an assist against the Eagles. The assist happened to be in double overtime beating a double team to feed Joe Grmusa alone on the crease. The Panthers again recieved strong goal tending from Chris Gorham, solid defense from Max Carlson and great play from the yound middie line of Matt Wolfe and the Peck twins.
The 10-1 Panthers have left their mark in 2012 beating 10th ranked Buffalo, 12th ranked Boston College and 18th ranked Northeastern. Their only loss on the season came in overtime to MSU, scoring two goals in the last 1:30 to push it to OT.
The stage was set for a clash of MCLA contenders Saturday night at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium. In the second game of a double-header promoting Cystic Fibrosis awareness, the #16 Pitt Panthers took on the #12 Boston College Eagles.
Boston College scored early on in the first quarter to draw first blood, but Tyler Novotny fought through a face-guarding midfielder to finish a bullet pass from Colin Peck, tying the score at one. BC dropped another goal, but Novotny had an answer once again. Bryan Peck then finished from the crease on a man up opportunity to give the Panthers their first lead of the game. The Eagles scored one more before halftime, tying the score 3-3 at the half.
To start the scoring in the second half, Defenseman Max Carlson scooped a ground ball and took it coast to coast to put the Panthers on top again, 4-3. After another solid Panther defensive stop, Novotny grabbed a deflected ball on the crease and stuck it for another goal. Pitt 5-3. The Panthers extended their lead to 6-3 with a goal from Bryan Peck just moments later.
After a Boston College timeout, the Eagles quickly swung the momentum by scoring two consecutive goals, bringing the score to 6-5. Joe Grmusa’s first goal of the day put Pitt back up by two, with the score at 7-5, and Novotny scored his fourth shortly afterwards to bring Pitt’s lead to 3. Despite a phenomenal effort by the Pitt defense, the Eagles mounted an incredible fourth quarter comeback, scoring three late goals, including one with less than a minute left, to tie the game at eight and force overtime.
Pitt Senior goalie Chris Gorham stole the spotlight in the first overtime, as Boston College dominated the possession. Gorham stopped shot after shot, and Pitt escaped to the second overtime unscathed.
After a defensive stop, Pitt’s offense looked to take advantage of one of their few overtime possessions. After Novotny wrangled an errant shot, the junior Attackman fed Joe Grmusa, who, in his signature style, drove around the crease and ripped home the winning goal. Grmusa had few words to describe the moment: “Wicked hard, boys.” The Panthers rushed onto the field to celebrate a hard-fought win and a great weekend in Beantown.
No. 16 Pitt Rallies to Defeat No. 18 Northeastern – Apr 14, 2012
Boston, MA—The Panthers recorded another “W” last night with a victory over the Huskies of Northeastern University at Parsons Field. After falling behind 0-2 in the first quarter, Pitt finished the game on top, 10-6.
Northeastern took an early lead in the game with two unanswered goals, until Matt Wolfe finally notched one for the Panthers, leaving 1:01 to play in the first quarter.
With the defense stepping up, the Panther offense went to work in the second quarter. Novotny dropped two goals, and Joe Grmusa and Matt Wolfe each added another to round out the half 5-3.
The Huskies struck quickly in the second half, but were quickly answered by hometown hero Conor “Spike” Nugent. Matt Wolfe finished off his hat trick and the Panthers finished the quarter in the lead 8-5.
Novotny added another goal on a man up opportunity to extend the Panther lead 9-5 early in the 4thquarter. Defenseman Max Carlson made a stunning clear and dished the rock to Novotny, who stuck his 4thof the game to put the score at 10-6. The Panther defense was stifling in the 4th quarter, holding the Huskies scoreless for the last 8 minutes of the game. Goalie Chris Gorham stood on his head the entire game registering 18 saves, many of which were from point blank range. “The defense was all on the same page. It was a good win against a ranked opponent, but we need to stay focused for BC tonight,” said Carlson.
This victory brings the Panthers to 9-1 on the season. Tonight Pitt plays Boston College at Alumni Stadium at 7pm. Come out and support your Panthers! As always, follow @PittPanthersLax for goal by goal updates!