Late rally lifts Maverick lacrosse to win
Trailing 6-3, no problem. Down 7-4, no big deal. An 8-6 deficit with less than 10 minutes to play, still confident.
A dramatic 9-8 win for Colorado Mesa University over Dominican — priceless.
The CMU men’s lacrosse team, battled from behind for nearly the entire game, then scored three goals in a span of two minutes, eight seconds late in the fourth quarter to get the win in the final home game of the season on Sunday at Walker Field.
Michael Beimford scored the winning goal after defensemen Brady George made a lunging swipe for a steal that turned into a quick attack by the Mavericks. Eric McCosker made a pass to Beimford who zipped a shot into the net with 3:12 remaining.
After struggling and missing every scoring opportunity through the first three quarters, Beimford scored three goals in the final quarter.
“It’s a patient game and you have to wait for your chances and take advantage of them when they come,” he said.
Beimford scored early in the fourth to make the score 7-6 but the Penguins’ Dalton Copeland, who had three goals in the game, scored to push the lead to 8-6.
David Solomon then scored on a wicked backhand to cut the lead to 8-7. Before the Walker Field crowd could barely sit down again, Beimford scored 13 seconds later to tie the score.
CMU head coach A.J. Stevens said the team never doubted that they could rally.
“I felt like we were going to make a real hard run at the end,” he said. “That was our message the whole game was keep plugging away and keep shooting.”
In a game that featured 17 penalties, there was an obvious feistiness on both sides and a physicality that kept the penalty box crowded at times.
“This is a rivalry, we consider ourselves the two premier teams in the (Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) and every time we play we know it’s going to be a battle,” he said.
CMU (6-2, 3-0 WILA) took advantage of a Dominican penalty to cut the lead to 6-4 on a Solomon goal early in the third but the Penguins took a 7-4 lead when they scored with a CMU player in the penalty box.
Every time the Mavs got close, Dominican (7-3, 3-1 WILA) had an answer until the final 5:20 of the game.