[NCAA DIVISION II MEN] Berekk Blackwell's golden goal gave Fort Lewis a 3-2 win over Lynn for its third NCAA Division II men's championship since 2005. The goal capped off a wild game in which Lynn outshot the Skyhawks, 12-4, but could only score on a pair of long-range free kicks by German beach soccer international Harald Gracholski.
Blackwell scored on header off Joey Madigan's corner kick just 91 seconds into in the first overtime.
"I thought we knew it was going to be a tough game," said third-year FLC head coach Oige Kennedy, who also guided the Skyhawks to the 2009 NCAA Division II crown. "It was all pretty even and to go behind and come back and put yourself in the lead, then fall back again, to come out and win it in the end is tremendous. I think we did a good job settling down and finding our rhythm. They came out and shut us down, but we adjusted and won a national championship."
Lynn scored first on Gracholski's 25-yard free kick in the 14th minute, but Fort Lewis responded on an own goal in the 25th minute and freshman Kosta Kordistos' goal in the 32nd minute.
But Gracholski struck again with another free kick, this one from 30 yards out, to level the score at 2-2 in the 72nd minute.
"The own goal on our defender got them back into the game," said Lynn coach John Rootes. "Their heads were down and we had momentum. The fact that we outshot them is a very bitter pill to swallow for us. Our game plan was to pressure them and to make it difficult for them to play and we did in the first half. We had a number of opportunities in the first half, but too many misses on open shots."
Dec. 3 in Pensacola, Fla.
Fort Lewis 3 Lynn 2. Goals: own goal 25, Kordistos 9 (Dean) 32, Blackwell (Madigan) 92; Gracholski 12 (unassisted) 14, Gracholski 13 (unassisted) 72.
Fort Lewis -- Wirth, Blackwell, Kling, Sander, Piperkov, Capdepon Rodriguez, Casey Dean, Madigan, Cory Dean, Kordistos, Hoang. Sub: Kloes.
Lynn -- DiCerbo, Alfred, Sangha, Kutscher, Mertl, Magnusson, Wolf, Cadihle, Wehlert, Oudjidane, Gracholski. Subs: Maxson, Giwa, Halder, Eberhardt, Shorrocks.
Dec. 1 in Pensacola, Fla.
Fort Lewis 3 Millersville 0.
FLC: Fabian Kling 7 (pen.) 39
FLC: Kosta Kordistos 8 (Joey Madigan) 62
FLC: Derek Freeman 6 (Jordan Alexander) 89
Lynn 1 Franklin Pierce 0.
LYNN: Yocef Oudjidane 2 (Johnny Mertl) 84