OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -- In its second multiple overtime victory, No. 7 NYIT defeated neighboring LIU Post, 9-8, to take home the 2014 "Battle of the Boulevard" title on Saturday afternoon.
Shawn Murphy scored the game-winning goal in triple overtime as the Bears improved to 10-3 on the season and 7-1 in East Coast Conference play. The Pioneers dropped to 6-5 on the season and 5-2 in league action.
The victory secured the No. 2 seed for NYIT in the inaugural ECC Men's Lacrosse Championships.
Murphy led the Bears with four goals and one assist. Luke Mille added two goals and two assists to his season points tally.
The win went to Alex Seltzer, who improved to 10-3 on the season with 18 saves made on 26 shots faced. The loss was dealt to T.J. DiCarlo (5-4), who made 15 saves on 24 shots faced.
The Bears claimed an early 5-2 lead heading into halftime, but after the break, the Pioneers rallied to twice make it a one-goal contest at 5-4 with 9:02 remaining in the third period and 7-6 to open the second period.
NYIT reclaimed control with a goal from Murphy off an assist by Miller with 8:07 left in regulation. However, back-to-back LIU Post goals from Joe Costello and Chris Caiazza knotted the game 8-8 with 1:33 to go and sent the contest into overtime.
The Pioneers out-shot the Bears 7-4 in the first two overtime periods but could not convert. Then, with 2:26 remaining in the third period, Murphy scored his 27th goal of the season, unassisted, to lift NYIT to victory.