BY TODD EVANS
The Titans took on the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panthers March 21. A nail-biting fourth quarter led to the 11-10 victory for the Titans.
Mike Krisinski, a defenseman on the County College of Morris team, described the win as a team effort.
“The game’s victory was accomplished by a strong, solid defense, with some good ball movement and goals scored by our offensive players,” Krisinski said.
In the opening minutes of the game, Titans midfielder, Brad Fisher, scored on Tompkins Cortland goalie Eh Tha Dah.
Fisher’s goal was quickly answered with a goal by the Panthers. The Titans fell behind with only one more goal in the quarter, which came from midfielder Dan Pasquariello.
Tompkins Cortland tacked onto their lead with a goal 10 seconds left in the first quarter to give them a 6-2 advantage on the Titans with goals coming from Orazio Ciaschi, Max Bosworth, Nick Velazquez, Brandon Wood, and Jorge Berenquer.
The second quarter consisted of the Titans trying to play catch up with the Panthers by way of midfielder Tom DeCarlo scoring and Fisher getting his second goal of the game.
The Panthers were able to stay four goals ahead with Ciaschi’s hat trick and thus a second goal by Velazquez to make it 8-4 going into half time.
It is unknown what happened during half time, but the Titans came to play in the third quarter. The Titans outscored the Panthers with four goals to one.
“This is the best this team has ever played,” said Todd Cieri, the Titans head coach.
The Panthers goal came from Ciaschi again, improving his already great day on the field.
The Titans were starting to breathe down their opponent’s neck because of goals by Dylan Pickard, Steven Davies, Anthony DeMario and Pasqariello to bring the score to 9-8.
Four minutes and 23 seconds into the fourth quarter the Titans began their assault with DeCarlo scoring to tie the game nine goals apiece.
The Panthers would not go down without a fight with Bosworth scoring only a minute and 17 seconds after DeCarlo’s goal to give his team the lead again.
With less than 10 minutes left in the game, the Titans were able to stave off shots at the goal by keeping them just one goal behind.
This resulted in them tying it up again when DeMario scored with a little under six minutes left in play.
The next five minutes were a true battle of possession for the ball with it changing teams many times in blur of motion and checks. It seemed the game was going to end regulation tied but with only seconds left on the game clock the Titans were able to regain possession and make a push for the Panthers goal.
Then the near impossible happened, Titan midfielder, Jon Engels, scored with only a second of time left in play to win it for the CCM Titans in a 11-10 victory.
The Titan’s players hugged and cheered for Engels and their first win of the season. On the opposite end of the spectrum the Panthers were experiencing what can only be described as the agony of defeat.
This Titans team now has a spark and a precedent for victory.
“[This game] gives us a lot of confidence to work off of,” said Evan Miller, a Titans defenseman.