- The Washington Times - Monday, May 9, 2005

Will Cutler scored 36 seconds into overtime yesterday to lift No.17 Penn State past No.8 Georgetown 13-12 before 1,385 at North Kehoe Field.

The victory was the seventh straight for the Nittany Lions (9-5, 5-1 ECAC), who locked up an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.

“We knew we needed it,” said Penn State’s Nate Whitaker, who scored five goals. “Everyone knew that if we won today we were going to the playoffs.”

Brendan Cannon scored four goals for the Hoyas (9-4, 4-2), who lost their regular-season finale for the eighth time in nine years.

“We wanted to go into the playoffs with a little bit of a momentum and get a W,” Georgetown midfielder Andy Corno said. “It’s off to the practice field again and the drawing board. We’ll be back next week.”

Georgetown overcame a 6-2 first-half deficit to take a 10-8 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions tied it at 10-10, fell behind by a goal and then got two goals from Whitaker in a 28-second span to take a 12-11 lead.

Penn State was poised to win before the Hoyas forced overtime with literally last-second heroics. Cannon started a play behind the cage with 4.5 seconds left and passed it to Nick Miaritis on the crease, who scored with eight-tenths of a second remaining.

The Nittany Lions won the faceoff to open overtime and, after covering an errant shot, set up a play for Cutler. He took advantage of his matchup with short stick Mike White and pinned a shot in the corner above goalie Rich D’Andrea’s left shoulder.

“Sometimes we set up the fanciest play in the world, and he does something else, but that makes him hard to play,” Penn State coach Glenn Thiel said. “I was glad to see him with that matchup because I knew he’d get his arms free and rip.”

Added Cutler: “They hadn’t been sliding to me all game, and I got as many shots as I could, and I missed them all except for that last one.”

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