BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston boys lacrosse lost a hard fought overtime thriller to Nutley, 12-11, Tuesday night at Snyder Avenue Park.
The Highlanders came out strong with a first period lead with Brian Hutton and Jesse Giambra scoring two goals a piece.
The Highlanders found their 4-2 lead diminish with a scoreless second period as the Raiders went on to a four goal run to lead 6-4 at half-time.
With the Raiders maintaining possession early in the third, Eric Fisher added to the tally scoring Nutley's fifth straight goal.
Hutton broke Nutley's streak, dodging through a defender to score, bringing GL within two.
"We are finding ways to get back in the game," said Gov. Livingston head coach Chet Parlavecchio. "They are finding ways to fight back. In years past, they may have laid down and let it get out of hand."
The Highlanders came back from a third period time-out knowing what was necessary to take control back.
"We need to be tougher on the ground balls and that is what we did in the third period. We have to put all four quarters together and we'll have something real special," said Giambra.
Senior captain Alex Lipnick ignited, scoring back to back goals to keep the Highlanders in the game. Fisher responded and dodged through the Highlander defense to fire a shot at the back of the net to end the third up by one.
Lipnick kept the momentum going in the fourth with a sharp angle outside shot on the goal line. The battle continued -- goals exchanged between both teams -- Hutton, Giambra and Max Toglia each scoring and Lipnick tying the game, 11-11, with 2:15 left in regulation.
Defense tightened on both sides making each ground ball a physical battle. With time elapsing, a late-in-the game coaching misconduct penalty called on Coach Parlavecchio gave the Raiders the untimely advantage.
The Highlanders' tight defense and critical goal tending by Peter Krasny, kept the Raiders from shooting range -- sending the game into overtime.
Nutley held possession with a man-up to start the overtime. Santino Gabriele, with his fifth game goal, scored with 34 seconds left in OT to give Nutley the win.
"We had the ball in our sticks in overtime and we have to finish," said Parlavecchio. "We're coming along, but it will take time. We'll get there -- optimistic of being on the right end."
Goalie Peter Krasny recorded 14 saves in the game for Gov. Livingston while Brendan McCormack recorded 12 for Nutley.
Gov. Livingston will face Scotch Plains on home turf on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m.