FORT WORTH, TX (February 3, 2024) – In an epic back-and-forth battle between the Panther City Lacrosse Club and the Colorado Mammoth, Panther City came away victorious, 14-13, in an overtime thriller after scoring the game-tying goal with 34 seconds remaining in regulation and then scoring 29 seconds in the overtime period.
In a game that featured seven lead changes and nine ties, second-year forward Jonathan Donville’s goal 29 seconds into the overtime period proved to be the difference for the home team. This goal was the first game-winning goal in overtime of Donville’s career. Prior to the overtime winner, Will Malcom, who finished as Panther City’s leading scorer with seven points (4G/3A), drove the alley and put one past the Colorado netminder to tie the game at 13 a piece with 34 seconds remaining in the game. It was the third-straight game Malcom has recorded a hat trick and now brings his season points total to 45 points (16G/29A). This was Malcom’s franchise leading 11th hat trick in the three years he has suited up for the purple and black.
Rookie Ryan Sheridan, who had been inactive the previous two games, was inserted into the lineup and immediately made his presence felt. Using his 6’4 frame to his advantage, Sheridan recorded a hat trick in the first half and finished the evening with six points (5G/1A) and was Panther City’s leading goal scorer. Fellow rookie Jason Knox also chipped in with four points (2G/2A). The two rookies combined for five of Panther City’s eight first-half goals. Phil Caputo’s 14-game goal scoring streak came to an end tonight, but the assistant captain still recorded three assists on the evening.
Defensively, captain Matt Hossack continued to raise his level of play and led the team with nine loose balls and four caused turnovers. Third-year defenseman Pat Foley returned from a one-game absence and recorded four loose balls, two caused turnovers and added his second goal of the season, which gave Panther City their biggest lead of the evening with the score reading, 8-5 late in the second quarter.
Panther City will have three straight games at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, but first have another bye week next weekend, before returning to action on Sunday, February 25 at 3 p.m. The game will be the club’s youth lacrosse night, which celebrates the amazing growth the game of lacrosse has seen recently in North Texas.