The University of St. Francis, the top team in the MCC standings, came to town looking to keep their undefeated conference record intact. HU gave the Cougars a scare holding a one goal lead twice in the match, but St. Francis was able to survive with a 3-2 victory in overtime.
Eight minutes into the match, HU grabbed the early lead when Joel Sanders outraced his defender to a Brad Kunze pass and slotted the ball beneath a sliding keeper. St. Francis pulled even with a goal at the 31:56 mark and the half ended in the 1-1 tie.
As the second half began, the Foresters quickly re-claimed the lead. Andrew Wust slammed home a rebound from a shot taken by Sam Schoutko a little less then three minutes into the period. HU maintained the lead and had several quality opportunities to increase it throughout the half, but it was the Cougars that finally capitalized with the equalizer with five minutes left in regulation.
Seven minutes into overtime, St. Francis' Ryan Crawford headed in the game-winner. Kevin Keske had nine saves in goal for HU and the Cougars' Nick Morken recorded 10. Both teams generated 12 shots on goal.
"A loss like this inflicts such great pain because we did so many things well tonight," said Coach Lawson. "We composed, we attacked, we won our fare share of 50/50’s, and we generated numerous scoring opportunities. St. Francis is a quality team, we just couldn’t put away that 3rd goal in the second half to go up two."
With the loss, the Foresters fall to 5-6 on the season and 0-4 in the MCC.