(from a Boston College release)
BALTIMORE -- Senior attackman Gran Van Fossan scored a game-high six goals, including the game-winning goal with under a minute left, giving No. 18 Boston College an 11-10 victory over No. 14 Michigan State at the Battle for Baltimore in Owings Mills, Md., on Sunday afternoon
The win salvaged a 1-2 weekend for the Eagles, who lost to No. 16 Virginia Tech and No. 20 South Carolina, while also giving BC coach Louie DeDonatis his first career coaching victory.
Boston College’s faceoff man Griffin Carney set the tone for the Eagles all day, winning 17 of the 22 draws he took. The early possessions turned into two quick, transition goals for the Eagles with Van Fossan involved in both. He scored the first while assisting David Hincks on the second.
Michigan State was able to bounce one back in transition, but BC’s Kevin Sheridan solidified the Eagle’s lead with a question mark goal to end the first quarter with a 3-1 advantage.
Michigan State was able to turn some long possessions at the start of the second quarter and parlayed that into points, eventually tying the game, 3-3. Sheridan responded with another goal to put the Eagles ahead by one, but the Spartans answered with a three-goal run.
With under two minutes left in the half, midfielder Dan Trompeter was able to dodge down the alley to sting one top shelf. The momentum continued for the Eagles as Carney won another draw to give BC possession. After a timeout, Boston College, Seamus Scaring fed Hincks for a shot that squeezed past the goalie to tie it up with under a minute left in the half.
Michigan State came out strong the second half and put one in the net to take the lead, 7-6. Van Fossan was able to respond on a feed from Gerard Quinn. The story of the day continued with a response from the Spartans in transition, which led to another response by Van Fossan to tie the game up again. In a last minute shot by Michigan State, the Spartans were able to gain the lead on a scrum in front of the net with one second left in the third.
Boston College managed to bring the game to yet another tie when Scaring zipped his third assist to Sheridan, who put it past Michigan State’s keeper for his third goal of the game. Shortly after, Sheridan was in on the action again to feed Hincks, putting the Eagles up 10-9.
The Spartans responded with two quick goals to take an 11-10 lead with six minutes left in the game. After a series of penalties for the Eagles, goaltender John Carroll gave possession back to the offense. Coming out of a Boston College timeout, Sheridan capped his five-point day by creating a time-and-room opportunity for Van Fossan, who stung a low corner to tie the game up with four minutes remaining.
At a very inopportune time, Boston College went man-down with 1:30 left. BC was able to stop the Spartan’s extra-man efforts and push it to Mike Mikkelson who earned his second assist of the day to Van Fossan, who would cap off his eight-point performance for the final go ahead goal.
Boston College made one last stop to secure the win.
Before the game, Boston College announced the senior who will wear jersey No. 19 for the rest of the season, which honors former player and 9-11 hero Welles Crowther. Jack Galiardo will wear the number. Against the Spartans, Gallardo led the man-down unit that blanked Michigan State on all six of its man-up opportunities. Carroll and PJ McIntyre also played big roles on the defensive side of the field.