Pitt Upsets No. 10 Buffalo – Mar 25, 2012
Pittsburgh, PA — No. 22 Pittsburgh jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 12:45 left in the first quarter and wouldn’t look back in downing No. 10 ranked SUNY-Buffalo on Friday, March 23 at the Cost Center.
With the victory, the Panthers improved to 6-0 on the season (4-0 in the CCLA). Junior Tyler Novotnyspearheaded the attack with 7 points, including 6 goals and one assist.
“We came into this game pretty confident and fired up. At the end of the day, it just came down to execution of the game plan,” articulated senior Nick Ruff (1G). “Also it doesn’t hurt that Gorham had a heck of a day between the pipes,” added Ruff.
The Panthers jumped out to a quick lead and finished the first quarter on top, 3-2. Nick Ruff, Alex Powell,and Matt Wolfe were responsible for the three Panther scores. The second quarter started with two fantastic saves from Chris Gorham, followed by two goals from Novotny. Alex Hultgren scored for Buffalo, bringing the score to 5-3 at the half.
The third quarter was filled with scoring and high intensity lacrosse. Novotny exploded for four more goals while Wolfe and Powell each buried one. Pitt was up 8-4, but Buffalo countered with some offense of their own. Pitt was up 11-9 entering the fourth quarter.
Both teams scored once more in the fourth quarter, ending the contest 12-10, Pittsburgh.
This was the second time this season that a Pitt player competed against a sibling on the field. Sophomore attackman Alex Powell outshone older brother and Buffalo attackman Brian Powell in the Pitt victory. Although he was clearly dismayed at the loss, Brian admitted he was proud of his younger brother for helping lead the Panthers to victory.
Hail to PITT!
Pittsburgh, PA—The No. 22 ranked Pitt Panthers scored three goals in the last 1:43 of regulation to force overtime against the No. 13 Spartans of Michigan State at home on Saturday, March 24.
Freshman Matt Wolfe contributed 9 points in the losing effort, tying a Pitt team record previously set byAlex Powell against Western Michigan earlier this season. Wolfe had four goals and five assists. JuniorTyler Novotny added six goals and an assist. Twins Bryan and Colin Peck combined for 9 points, including two goals each, with three and two assists, respectively. Senior midfielder Brian Faber chipped in with two goals to round out the scoring for Pitt.
Pitt fell behind early in the game as Michigan State went up 6-2. The Panthers managed to catch up and close out the first half only down by three with MSU up 9-6. The goals came back and forth in the third quarter. Matt Wolfe drilled a goal with only 14 seconds remaining on the clock to close out the quarter 12-10, MSU.
With 7:00 left in the game, the Panthers trailed State 14-12. Both teams scored twice and the scoreboard showed 16-14 with 1:43 left to play. A fully-packed Cost Center audience witnessed Colin Peck unleash a laser of a shot with 33 seconds left to bring the Panthers within one. At this point, freshman Matt Wolfe decided to put the team on his back as he won the faceoff and buried the tying goal with only 18 seconds left in regulation. The teams were locked at 16 to 16 as the final seconds ticked off of the scoreboard.
A frenzied crowd welcomed the underdogs back onto the field with thundering cheers of “LETS GO PITT!” Michigan State claimed the first possession, but a robust Panther defense soon regained the ball to give their offense a chance to pull off the second upset of the weekend.
The Panther’s hopes were soon squashed, however, as the Spartans intercepted an errant pass and dashed downfield, scoring a goal to seal the victory for Michigan State.“I’m extremely proud of our guys and how they played today,” commented Head Coach Alex Perry after the game. “After a 19-3 loss in the playoffs last season, its evident that our program is making significant strides towards our goal of an MCLA championship. We’re excited to see this team again in the playoffs.” Pitt will most likely face off against MSU again after a first round bye in the CCLA playoffs in early May.
After the game, the Pitt Panthers welcomed fans onto the field for an autograph session featuring free posters and sweaty hugs for friends, family, and admirers. If you didn’t get a poster, or if you want to see more high intensity lacrosse, come out and see your Panthers go up against the Indiana Hoosiers this Saturday, March 31 at 1 pm!
Hail to Pitt!