The Foresters (4-9-2, 1-5-1) came within an eyelash of handing Goshen College (10-4-1, 4-0-1) its first loss in conference play, but a Maple Leaf goal with 23 ticks left in regulation spoiled the upset bid. Two overtimes later, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
After playing to a scoreless tie at intermission, HU ended the drought with a goal in the 54th minute. With an assist from Marc William, Joel Sanders gave the Foresters the lead with a strike from 25 yards out.
HU then went into a defensive mode to try to protect the lead, but Goshen took advantage and mounted numerous attacks. Their persistence finally paid off as Joel Miller headed in the equalizer with 23 seconds remaining.
"I am pleased with the way the guys played tonight - they showed great character being able to deal with the disappointment of giving up a goal with 23 seconds left to the #1 team in the MCC and not fold in overtime," said Coach Lawson. "I hope we can come away from this with the confidence of knowing that we can play with the best in the conference."
HU's Matt Boyer had seven saves while Goshen's Craig Wescott had five.