NEWTON, Mass. – Eric Russo's goal 2:09 into the overtime period lifted the Johnson & Wales University men's lacrosse team to its first GNAC Championship game. The sixth-seeded Wildcats defeated the number two seed Lasell, 11-10, on Wednesday
Johnson & Wales: 8-11
The Wildcats will face the winner of the Norwich-Saint Joseph's game on Saturday.
Johnson & Wales hopped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter with four different players finding the back of the net. Russo and Thomas Lyons scored in the second quarter to send JWU into the half with a 7-6 advantage.
Ben Farrell's third goal of the game put the Wildcats up 9-6 midway through the third quarter. The Lasers answered with three-straight goals to even the game at 9-9 going into the fourth quarter.
Lyons scored seven minutes into the fourth quarter to regain the lead, but Lasell tied it with 21 seconds left in regulation.
Each team turned the ball over in the extra period before Russo scored the game-winner, his 40th of the year.
Coming up big was JWU goalkeeper Bradley Morris as he made 15 saves. The Lasers won 18 of 25 faceoffs and had a 30-23 advantage in ground balls.
During the regular season, Johnson & Wales defeated Norwich in overtime, but lost to Saint Joseph's.