Alex Capretta couldn’t remember which overtime it was. Maybe the second. Maybe the third.
All he knew is that it all wanted to be on the field and at that one moment a few OTs earlier, he wasn’t. Instead, during a few shifts way back when – who could remember? – it had been Forest Sonnenfeldt in Capretta’s spot.
“They put Forest in and I know why,” Capretta said. “But every player wants to be in there. Fortunately, I got back in.”
After it ended, he could laugh about it, and why not, it had worked out perfectly for him. And hey, after everything that had just happened, who could blame anyone if some of the details – like which overtime it had been – were a blur.
Capretta ended the longest game in the history of Princeton lacrosse and Yale lacrosse with a goal with 2:21 gone in the fifth – yes, fifth – overtime, giving the Tigers a heart-stopping 10-9 win over the Bulldogs in front of 1,057 at Reese Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Princeton had previously played three four overtime games, most recently a year ago in a 5-4 win over Brown. Yale had played one four overtime game in its history.