Madison Lacrosse Falls in Double Overtime to Mendham, 12-11
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 • 9:10pm
MADISON, NJ – The Madison boys lacrosse team had plenty of chances to lock up its first win of the season .
But when it came to crunch time, Mendham came out on top with a 12-11 double-overtime road win Tuesday.
Senior Minuteman attackman Liam McAdams sliced a shot in the net with 20 seconds left in the second overtime period. Fellow attackman Dreyer Van Orden weaved back-and-forth behind the goal before making his move. Van Orden found a streaking McAdams a few feet in front of the net, who then came up big with an open look for his only goal of the game.
“It was a good pass,” McAdams said.
Mendham coach Jeff Seals said the years McAdams and Van Orden have played together certainly helped in the end.
“They’ve built chemistry together,” Seals said.
In his two years on the varsity team, McAdams said it was his first overtime winner.
In the final seconds of the first overtime, Dodgers senior Colin McLinden looked to score the game winner with a goal coming from right in front of the net. The goal was waved off as McLinden was called for being in the crease.
“We had chances and they had chances,” Madison coach Mark Sweeney said.
Sweeney said his team played better than they did in Saturday’s loss to Bay Shore (New York), but need to know how to finish.
Neither team had more than a one-goal lead throughout the match.
The Dodgers (0-2) took an 11-10 lead with 5:43 left in the fourth quarter when McLinden scored an unassisted goal streaking in front.
Mendham evened the score up a little more than a minute later when Will Robinson found Tyler Purdue, who had no trouble getting the shot into the net.
An unassisted goal from Dodgers junior Mike Clemente a few minutes into the fourth gave his team a 10-9 advantage.
Mendham (1-1) evened the game at 10 with 6:39 to go after Van Orden scored. He led the Minutemen with four goals and three assists.
Both teams were patient in their offensive sets with goals coming every couple of minutes. With 49 seconds left before halftime, a McLinden goal gave Madison a 7-6 lead heading into the break. The Minutemen were held scoreless for more than 5 minutes to close out the second quarter.
McLinden led the Dodgers with three goals and five assists, while a trio of three other Dodgers scored two goals apiece.