October 23, 2012

#BestOfLax: Vote for LM's Best Game of 2012

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com

Lacrosse Magazine's "Best of Lacrosse 2012" series recognizes the players, coaches, teams and moments that shined above all others in our sport this year. We want to know what you think. Fans can vote for their favorites in 10 categories. The results of each poll will be published alongside staff selections in the December issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Voting ends Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

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Nominees for Best Game

Canada vs. USA (U19 Men's Preliminary)
Canada became the first country to beat the U.S. in sanctioned Under-19 international competition by winning 11-9 in overtime in the preliminary round of the 2012 FIL U19 World Championships in Finland. The Canadians scored the final three goals of the game, all in the second OT (international rules dictate two mandatory OT periods), after the U.S. rallied from three goals down at the start of the fourth quarter and went ahead by one in the first OT. A Chad Tutton (North Carolina) goal with 2:01 left held up as the winner after Wes Berg (Denver) tied the score at 9 just 22 seconds earlier.

Colgate vs. Lehigh (Patriot League Men's Final)
Lehigh capped a magical league season by winning its first-ever Patriot League championship. The Mountain Hawks beat Colgate 16-14 on the Raiders' home turf. The offensive output matched Lehigh's season high and the win gave the Mountain Hawks its first bid to the NCAA tournament. Lehigh raced to a 5-0 lead. Colgate rallied to within two goals, but the Hawks held them off.

Denver vs. UNC (NCAA Men's First-Round Game)
Denver's high-octane offense managed 42 shots, as Jeremy Noble scored a single-game program-best 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists), Mark Matthews tacked on five goals of the highlight-reel variety and Wes Berg added a hat trick. The Pioneers won 16-14 to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals in what was a wild affair in Chapel Hill, N.C. Denver raced to an 6-2 lead on a 5-0 first-quarter rally. Carolina went into halftime ahead 10-8 after scoring eight of the next 10 goals. Then Denver went on a 7-2 run to make it 15-13 midway through the final period.

Navy vs. Oregon (NCAA Women's Play-In Game)
In an NCAA play-in game in Eugene, Ore., Navy sophomore Aimee Gennaro's shot struck the crossbar and bounced down over the goal line with four seconds remaining in the first OT to give Navy a 10-9 win. Oregon used a 5-0 run to lead 9-7 with nine minutes to go in the second half. Junior attacker Kathy Young then scored on a free-position goal with eight minutes to go to pull Navy within one. Oregon ended up with the ball and junior defender Brijet Mall caused a turnover to get the ball back in Navy's hands. Jasmine DePompeo tied it at 9 with less than five minutes left.

Syracuse vs. Florida (NCAA Women's Semifinal)
The Orange erased a seven-goal second-half deficit, got renewed life in overtime when an apparent Gabi Wiegand goal with nine seconds left was waived due to an illegal stick and cemented an unlikely comeback when senior midfielder Sarah Holden scored with 2:02 left in double overtime to defeat Florida 14-13 in the national semifinals at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium. Florida led 7-3 at halftime and 12-5 with 17:16 left.

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