The game was all Alvernia from the start as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter, a lead that could have been even greater had Egan not been spectacular between the pipes. The sophomore made several key saves during an opening stretch during which Alvernia could have put Mount Saint Vincent away. Winter opened the Mount Saint Vincent scoring with 3:49 left in the opening stanza, and then fed sophomore Jason Reynolds (Centereach, NY/Middle Country HS) for a beautiful goal with just over a minute left to play in the opening quarter to make it 3-2.
After Alvernia scored quickly to open the second quarter, Winter and Stanley Wong (Merrick, NY/Calhoun HS) scored three minutes apart to make it a 4-4 game. A late Alvernia goal in the second quarter gave them a halftime lead, and a quick third quarter goal by the Crusaders gave them a 6-4 lead, a lead they held until midway through the third quarter. Reynolds then scored twice in a five-minute span to tie the score at six with 4:47 left in the third quarter, however a late Alvernia goal gave the Crusaders a 7-6 lead entering the final stanza.
The Dolphins tied the score with 12:10 remaining in the game when Brendan Dunbar (Floral Park, NY/Floral Park HS) scored off of a Mike Hernandez (Ridgefield, NJ/Bergen Catholic) feed. Alvernia scored a huge goal with 7:13 remaining and attempted to stall the clock, but the Mount Saint Vincent defense got the ball back, setting up a wild finish. Winter scored his third goal of the game with 1:08 remaining to tie the score, and then found the back of the net with only 10 seconds remaining to give the Mount its first lead of the game. The Dolphin defense held off one final charge, and a wild celebration ensued as the Mount broke a five-game losing streak that began the season.
Reynolds finished the game with three goals, while Dunbar added a goal and an assist.
Mount Saint Vincent will look to make it two in a row on Saturday, April 8 when they host Kean University at 1:00 p.m. The game will be played at CCNY.