WEST CALDWELL, NJ - A little karma and a lot of Hart.
That might be the best way to describe Chatham's 8-7 overtime boys lacrosse win over Caldwell on Saturday at Bonnel Field.
Senior middie Colin Hart scored his third goal of the game in the final seconds of overtime with a sidearm blast from 18 yards, snapping the 7-7 deadlock and breaking Chatham's three-game losing streak in dramatic fashion.
Chatham nearly lost control of the ball before Patrick Conte picked up the ground ball and passed to Hart for the winning shot as time expired in the OT (see the video below).
"We've had a couple of games taken away when we thought we deserved to win it, and this time karma comes back and helps us a little bit," Chatham coach Tony Calandra said.
Chatham (6-3) had lost consecutive games to Westfield, Summit, and Delbarton by a total of four goals and Caldwell (7-3) was determined to make it four losses in a row for the Cougars.
Junior goalie Trey Von Heill started the second half for Chatham and made a number of crucial saves, including one with a minute left in regulation and a big interception of a pass in overtime to back up the stellar play of the Chatham defense. Von Heill allowed one goal and finished with seven saves.
In addition to his three goals, Hart was credited with eight ground balls and won 12 of 19 faceoffs (63 percent).
Goalie Trey Von Heill and middie Colin Hart talk about the win
"We had opportunities, we just didn't play as clean as we've played in other games," Calandra said. "We allowed them to stay in the game and it was a dogfight.
"Trey played really well in the second half, he made a bunch of saves and we were two men down at one point - a good team win. Something that will lift us camaraderie-wise and get us moving in the right direction."
After Caldwell jumped to a 3-1 lead, Grant Webster (2 goals, 2 assists) put away an underhand shot off a feed from Mason Agostinelli, slicing to Cougar deficit to 3-2. Danny Mahoney scored the first of his two goals (in the video below) before he hit his second goal of the game off a Patrick Conte pass to make it a 3-3 game in the second (see the video below).
Hart scored two goals in the second period and Conte made it a 6-6 tie for Chatham heading into the break with his goal with nine seconds showing (see below).
The game remained tied through a scoreless third period. Chatham took a 7-6 edge just 39 seconds into the fourth when Webster finished off a pass from Aidan Decker (see below).
But a double penalty on Chatham led to a man-advantage goal by the Matt Fermo of the Chiefs just 42 seconds later. It stayed that way until Hart untied it in overtime.
COUGAR NOTES: Charlie Pierce, a middle linebacker on the Caldwell football team, barreled his way to three goals in the first period before Griffin Kology and James Ehler of Chatham kept him scoreless the rest of the way.