SCOTS WIN! Hunyadi scores in OT to lift Alma over Wooster

SCOTS WIN! Hunyadi scores in OT to lift Alma over Wooster

Alma, Mich. - Freshman Chase Hunyadi (Pepper Pike, Ohio/University School) scored 1:27 into overtime to give the Alma College men's lacrosse team a signature win on Wednesday (March 22) night at Bahlke Field as the Scots downed the College of Wooster, 13-12. Alma is now 6-2 on the season and has won three straight, while the visiting Fighting Scots fall to 4-5.

Hunyadi netted a game-high four goals and tallied four assists for eight points for his third straight hat trick, and now has a team-high 20 goals for the season, scoring 14 in the last three games. Hunyadi's goal came after he assisted sophomore Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac) to force overtime, as Ellens scored a man-up marker with seven seconds remaining to even the score at 12-12.

"This is the biggest win in program history amid some difficult circumstances for our team tonight," Head Coach Michael Kinney said. "Tonight we dedicated our effort to Michael Cousineau, father of sophomore defender Adam Cousineau, who passed away on Sunday. Mr. Cousineau was a big supporter of Alma College lacrosse and a very proud alumnus of Alma College. He would have loved this one and the guys did what they needed to do in order to honor him tonight."

The Scots honored the Cousineau family with a moment of silence before the game. 

Sophomore Cam Stelljes (Okemos, Mich./Okemos) stopped a career-high 18 shots to pick up the win, while senior Mitch Adams (Novi, Mich./Novi) registered five ground balls and caused five turnovers.

"Cam kept us in the game with amazing saves and Chase did exactly what we needed him to do," Kinney said. "The effort across the roster was amazing, and I could not be more proud of our team."

Wooster was led by Sam Kuhn's three goals and three assists, while Wesley Wagner made 11 saves on 24 shots in goal.

The Fighting Scots opened the game with a 6-1 lead early in the second quarter before Alma fought its way back into the game, scoring six straight times to gain a 7-6 advantage with 10:07 to play in the third quarter. Six different players scored in the run, which included a man-up goal by sophomore Jake Ellens (Cadillac, Mich./Cadillac).

Wooster tied the game at 7-7 before junior Austen Irrer (Midland, Much./Midland) put Alma back up just over a minute later, only to see the Fighting Scots tie the game at 8-8 with 4:56 to play in the third. The Scots responded and built up a two-goal advantage after a pair of markers by Hunyadi to take a 10-8 lead with 12:26 in regulation.

The Fighting Scots answered with a pair of goals of their own to knot the game at 10-10 with 10:44 to play, scoring just over a minute apart, but Alma regained the lead at 11-10 with 4:42 to play when junior Daniel Buchy (Springboro, Ohio/Springboro) found the net.

Wooster captured the lead again and made the score 12-11 with 55 seconds to play after scoring two goals 56 seconds apart before Ellens netted his game-tying goal.

Alma will now take to the road for its next three games, starting on Saturday, April 1, when it travels to Illinois Wesleyan University. The Scots return to Bahlke Field on Wednesday, April 11, to host Olivet College.

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