April 9, 2011

Ohio Wesleyan Bests Wooster in 6 OTs

from press release

- Sophomore midfielder Pat Bassett (Naperville, Ill./North) scored with 1:02 left in the sixth overtime period, lifting Ohio Wesleyan to a 10-9 North Coast Athletic Conference win over Wooster on Saturday.

Bassett's goal ended the longest game in Ohio Wesleyan history, and perhaps the longest game in NCAA Division III history. NCAA Division I schools Virginia and Maryland played a 7-overtime game on March 28, 2009, and that game was eclipsed in minutes played by a 7-overtime battle between NCAA Division II institutions Queens University and Pfeiffer on March 31.

Ohio Wesleyan's last overtime win also was against Wooster, with the Bishops taking a 14-13 decision on April 16, 2006. The Bishops' longest game ever was a double-overtime matchup at Kenyon on April 29, 1960, that ending in an 11-10 Kenyon win.

The Bishops had rallied to send the game into overtime, with junior attacker A.J. Pellis (Edmonton, Alberta/St. Francis Xavier) ringing up 3 goals during the final 6 minutes of regulation time. Ohio Wesleyan trailed, 9-6, when Pellis tallied a man-up goal with 5:51 to play, then the combination of sophomore attacker Colin Short (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) and Pellis clicked twice, with Short finding Pellis for a score with 4:12 to go, and doing so again for the equalizer with 3:28 to play.

Wooster outshot Ohio Wesleyan, 5-4, during the first 3 overtime periods, but all 4 Ohio Wesleyan shots were at the goal mouth, with Fighting Scot keeper Matt Magoon saving all 4 to keep the hosts in the game.

Bassett's game-winner was of the unassisted variety, coming after 82:58 of action.

Wooster had built a 4-1 halftime lead, only to see the Bishops come back with scores by freshman midfielder Spencer Schnell (Dublin/Jerome) and Pellis to pull within 4-3 midway through the third quarter.

The Bishops were still within 6-5 early in the fourth period, but Wooster got a pair of goals from Mike Lloret and another from Patrick Schlick to take a 9-6 lead with 6:19 left in regulation, setting up Ohio Wesleyan's dramatic comeback.

Pellis led the Bishops with 5 goals and an assist, while Schnell and senior attacker Shaun Crow (Darnestown, Md./The Bullis School) had 2 goals apiece.

Sophomore Stephen Ford (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) recorded 11 saves.

Joe Suliman led Wooster with 2 goals and an assist. Magoon finished with 16 saves for the Fighting Scots.

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