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Long Island Edges Chicago in OT

March 17, 2016
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Major League Lacrosse
Contact: Eric Rhew (410-530-4791)


ALBANY, N.Y. - Attackman Tim Goettelmann scored the game-winning goal just over a minute into overtime as the Long Island Lizards (2-3) overcame a three-goal half-time deficit to edge the Chicago Machine (3-2) by a 13-12 margin at rain-soaked John Fallon Field on Saturday evening.

The win allowed the Lizards to remain perfect against Chicago in the all-time series while snapping the Machine's two-game win streak.  

Goettelmann led the Lizards to the victory by scoring both of his goals in the final 81 seconds of the game. With 11 seconds left in regulation, he converted a pass from John Glynn to tie the game and force the overtime period. Then, with 8:51 remaining in the extra session, he scored an unassisted goal past goalkeeper Bud Petit to complete the Lizards' comeback.

Led by a goal and an assist from attackman Kevin Leveille, the Machine jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening eight minutes of the first quarter. But, attackman Matt Danowski narrowed the margin to 4-2 by scoring two goals in a 40-second span to end the opening stanza.

After the Machine extended its advantage to 6-2 on goals by Mike Leveille and Bill McGlone, the teams traded goals before Danowski ended the first half with his fourth goal of the game, scoring off a feed from rookie defenseman Parker McKee with 2:47 left in the second quarter.

Rookie attackman Ned Crotty, the first overall pick in last week's MLL Collegiate Draft, opened the third quarter with the first goal of his professional career, converting a feed from Kevin Leveille to give Chicago an 8-4 advantage just 15 seconds into the period.

But, the Lizards responded by scoring four unanswered goals to tie the game at 8-8 with 6:07 left in the third quarter. After a pair of goals by Zack Greer, midfielder Stephen Berger cut the deficit to 8-7 with an unassisted tally before Danowski scored his fifth goal of the game past Petit to even the score.

The teams traded goals before Chicago took an 11-9 lead on back-to-back goals from McGlone and midfielder Chris Rotelli early in the fourth quarter. However, the Lizards responded with consecutive goals from Berger and Glynn to even the score again.

With 1:35 remaining in regulation, Rotelli gave the Machine when he scored an unassisted goal past goalkeeper Drew Adams, setting up the frantic finish.

While Danowski led the Lizards with a season-high five goals and an assist, Greer and Berger each contributed two goals with an assist.

Kevin Leveille led the Machine with two goals and three assists while Mike Leveille scored twice with a pair of assists. Rotelli and McGlone each scored three goals with an assist for the Machine, which was outshot by a commanding 63-34 margin.

Making his second straight start, Petit made 18 saves in a losing effort for the Machine.

The Machine will host the Boston Cannons next Sunday afternoon at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.

Major League Lacrosse: Long Island Lizards 13, Chicago Machine 12 (OT)
Long Island (2-3)  2-2-5-3-1 / 13
Chicago (3-2)  4-3-2-3-0 / 12

One-Point Goals: LI - Matt Danowski 5, Stephen Berger 2, Tim Goettelmann 2, Zack Greer 2, Stephen Peyser 1, John Glynn 1; CHI - Bill McGlone 3, Chris Rotelli 3, Kevin Leveille 2, Mike Leveille 2, Ned Crotty 1, Greg Bice 1. Two-Point Goals: n/a. Assists: LI - John Glynn 2, Parker McKee 2, Zack Greer 1, Stephen Berger 1, Matt Danowski 1; CHI - Kevin Leveille 3, Mike Leveille 2, Chris Rotelli 1, Bill McGlone 1. Saves: LI - Drew Adams 13 (61:09, 12 goals allowed); CHI - Bud Petit 18 (61:09, 13 goals allowed). Shots: LI - 63; CHI - 34. Power-Play Opportunities: LI - 1 for 3; CHI - 1 for 3. Attendance: 2,132.

Post-Game Notes: The Lizards are now 4-0 all-time against the Machine ... Long Island is the only active team the Machine does not have a win against ... The Machine was unable to set a team record for wins in a season on Saturday night ... Kevin Leveille has now scored 17 goals with 9 assists in his career against Long Island ... A total of seven rookies made their MLL debuts in Saturday's game, including four players from Chicago ... Petit has made 37 saves in the last two games for Chicago ... The Machine allowed a power-play goal for just the third time this season ... Chicago is now 20-for-23 in penalty killing situations this season.

Eric Rhew
Media and Public Relations Manager
Chicago Machine Lacrosse
Phone: 410-530-4791