Matt Sexton waited patiently behind the Shenendehowa goal to find a teammate to pass the ball to.
When no one was open, Sexton took matters into his own hands.
The senior attacker ran around to the front and fired home the game-winning goal with 2:18 left in overtime to lift Niskayuna past Shen 12-11 in Thursday's Suburban Council boys lacrosse game.
"I didn't think I was the one who was going to take the shot, but there was no one open," said Sexton. "When I got the opening, I had to take advantage of it."
Sexton held his position directly behind the Shen goal for more than 30 seconds, all the while being watched by goaltender Ben Robbins and one Plainsmen defender. Finally Sexton moved around to Robbins' right, and when Robbins came off his line, Sexton had the opening he needed to fire the ball into the net.
"That's a situation where the defender was hung up, and Matt took advantage of the situation," said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang.
It was Sexton's second goal of the night. His first came with 34.8 seconds left, which capped a three-goal rally by Niskayuna (9-0 league, 11-0 overall) that tied the game at 11.
Up to that point, Shen (7-2, 7-4) was the better team. The Plainsmen controlled the ball for long stretches of time and got several key saves from Robbins. Goals by Joe Romano and D.J. Edick gave Shen an 11-8 lead with 5:08 left in the fourth quarter.
Niskayuna responded with goals from Luke Goldstock and Lucas Maloney, but Shen still had a one-goal lead and possession of the ball inside Silver Warriors' territory with less than two minutes left in regulation. However Niskayuna's defense forced a turnover with 1:30 left, and Sexton scored less than a minute later to send the game into overtime.