WEST CALDWELL, NJ — A little karma and a lot of Hart is how Chatham fans described Chatham's 8-7 overtime boys lacrosse win over Caldwell on Saturday at Bonnel Field.
Chatham 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. Caldwell dropped to 7-3 on the season.
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," said Chatham coach Tony Calandra.
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.
Caldwell goalie Connor Hapward made 13 saves in the loss. Charlie Pierce had a team-high three goals for the Chiefs while Matt Fermo added two and Mohamed Abdelwahab and Matt DiBlasio scored one a piece.
After Caldwell jumped to a 3-1 lead, Grant Webster put away an underhand shot off a feed from Mason Agostinelli, slicing the Cougar deficit to 3-2. Danny Mahoney scored the first of his two goals before he hit his second goal of the game off a Patrick Conte pass to make it a 3-3 game in the second.
The game remained at a 6-6 tie through a scoreless third period.
Chatham took a 7-6 edge only 39 seconds into the fourth when Webster finished off a pass from Aidan Decker. A double penalty on Chatham led to a man-advantage goal by Fermo just 42 seconds later, and it stayed that way until Hart untied it in overtime.