Raider lacrosse team wins overtime thriller

The Southern Oregon University lacrosse team overcame a two-goal deficit in the second half to pull out a 6-5 overtime win over the University of Puget Sound on Sunday at University Field.

The comeback came a day after the Raiders toppled Pacific Lutheran 13-9.

Against Puget Sound, the Raider offense sputtered as it failed to score until late in the first half. Down 3-1 at halftime SOU pressured the visitors constantly the second half and reclaimed a 5-4 lead with less than a minute left. UPS then went the length of the field and scored with only 18 seconds left to send the game into extra time.

Just minutes into the sudden death overtime Lawrence "Bubba" Van Egdom scored to seal the win for the Raiders.

"It was a really hard fought game," Puget Sound head coach Douglas Vaskas said. "Both sides were able to handle loose balls and ran very deliberate offenses".

SOU racked up penalties throughout the contest and played a man short most of the game. Lawrence Van Egdom scored the last three goals for SOU, including the overtime game winner.

The Raiders, ranked No. 18 nationally, next take their perfect 7-0 record to Salem for a game against Cal State Fullerton on March 15.

Against Pacific Lutheran, backup goalie Greg Morelli led the way for the Raiders with double digit saves.

With the game tied 8-8 early in the third period SOU seemed to hit another gear. The Raiders cranked up their intensity on both offense and defense and scored back-to-back goals on shots by Tyler Baumann to secure the victory. Baumann also had five assists.

The game ball was given to Joey Moseanko for his transition play and controlling ground balls.

"We started out going up 4-0 in the first quarter," SOU head coach Mark Brown said.

"We then fell asleep in the second quarter, allowing PLU to draw within a goal. In the second half our physical play allowed us to dominate, except for a last-minute goal by PLU."

Lawrence Van Egdom scored four goals and added three assists while Alex White had three goals and two assists.

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