HAVERFORD, Pa. - A 103rd-minute goal by Nick Jannelli put an end to No. 19 Franklin & Marshall's bid for a second-straight Centennial Conference (CC) Crown as Haverford came away with a 3-2 2OT victory in Sunday afternoon's Title game.
The defeat dropped the Diplomats' record to 13-3-3 on the year while the Fords (14-4) secured the Conference's automatic bid into next week's NCAA Tournament. F&M will hope for one of the 19 at-large Pool C bids for the NCAA Playoffs.
The NCAA selection show will take place on Monday, Nov. 5 at 1:00 p.m. and can be viewed here.
Deadlocked at 2-2 in the second overtime stanza, the Fords forced a turnover in the F&M offensive third. A long through pass was sent to Peter Baroff on the far side who found Janelli in the box for the game winner.
Sunday's game had the makings of an instant classic from the onset of play. Haverford struck first in the eighth minute of regulation when a Michael Carr shot from 15 yards out made its way into the back of the net for the 1-0 edge.
F&M needed only six minutes to respond, evening the score at 1-1 off a well-placed Jim Connolly free kick from 20 yards out.
The back-and-forth affair continued in the 24th when Jannelli connected with Baroff for his seventh of the season to put the Fords back in front by one. A little more than a minute passed before the score was evened once again. This time it was Max Geuder notching the equalizer, taking a feed from Ryan Fincher and sending a shot past the Fords' goalkeeper.
F&M's defense held tough in the second frame to force overtime. Diplomat goalkeeper Christopher Amoruso, who entered the game at the end of the first half, was stellar in throughout his time in net and forced overtime with a clutch 86th-minute save.
The overall shout count favored Haverford at 12-6, as well as corners at 9-4. Amoruso (7-3-3) suffered the loss for F&M, registering three saves in 57:43 minutes of action. The Fords' Michael Iacono (11-4) earned the win with two saves in 102:34 minutes of play.