Tartans edge Rams in OT

AMSTERDAM – The Amsterdam Rams lacrosse team came up short in a seesaw battle with Scotia-Glenville on Thursday, as Cullen Swider’s fourth goal of the contest made winners of the Tartans in overtime at Lynch Literacy Academy. The Rams were outshot 41-20 in the 6-5 loss.

Amsterdam goalie Dillon Smith did all he could to fend off the Tartans, registering 19 saves including seven big ones in the fourth quarter and overtime. Anthony Yevoli provided the offensive spark for the Rams (4-6 overall) with a hat trick, but Swider would not be denied with just less than 44 seconds remaining in the extra period.

Ian Flaherty struck first to put Scotia-Glenville up 1-0 with 3:33 left in the first quarter, but the Rams were not down for long. Corey Dybas beat Tartans goalie Christian Olsen just over a minute later to even the score. Olsen, a young player not usually on the varsity roster, was filling in for regular netminder Liam DeBiase.

The Rams took their first lead of the game one minute into the second when Yevoli scored his first of the game. Swider netted his first goal to make it 2-2 just 56 seconds later. Just before a heavy rainstorm passed through, Kevin Ottati swung the pendulum in Amsterdam’s favor with a goal. Swider beat Smith with 2:36 remaining in the half to knot the score at three apiece.

The Tartans outshot the Rams 22-8 in the first half, but Amsterdam stepped up their offensive intensity in the third quarter. The Rams ripped nine shots to Scotia-Glenville’s seven as the teams came up with one goal apiece. Sam Carmola scored for the Tartans less than three minutes into the quarter, and Yevoli launched a wrap-around rip that found the back of the net to once again tie the game three minutes later.

Yevoli completed his hat trick after spinning and firing past Olsen with 2:40 gone in the fourth to give Amsterdam a 5-4 advantage. Smith displayed stunning focus midway through the frame when he stopped three on-line shots in just six seconds to preserve the lead. Scotia-Glenville maintained a steady possession throughout the quarter, however, and Swider flung in the game-tying goal with 1:52 remaining in the game. The Tartans had two chances to win it in the final minute. Swider shot wide with 46 seconds left, and Zach Musta fired a shot off Smith’s stick and then off the post with seven seconds remaining.

Amsterdam wasn’t able to get a shot off in the overtime period, and Swider capitalized on Scotia-Glenville’s third shot of the stanza. Carmola came within inches of the game-winner on two occasions before Swider’s goal.

The Rams will look to move a game closer to the .500 mark when they host Schuylerville on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Scotia-Glenville 6, Amsterdam 5

Scotia-Glenville1 2 1 1 1 – 6

Amsterdam1 2 1 1 0 – 5

Goal Scoring Summary

Scotia-Glenville: Swider 4, Carmola, Flaherty

Amsterdam: Yevoli 3, Dybas, Ottati