HOOSICK, N.Y. >> Nobody, not even Remington Hickey himself, could have imagined how his first-ever varsity lacrosse game would end.
With the game tied late in overtime, the Hoosick Falls senior faked out a duo of Maple Hill defenders and fired a shot into the corner of the net for the game-winner to give the Panthers an 8-7 victory to open the season.
"I couldn't believe that it went in," said Hickey, whose game-winner was his first career goal. "I just was trying to make a move and use my athletic ability to get as close as I can to the net to shoot it. The next thing I knew all my teammates were jumping all over me and it's a moment I'll never forget."
It looked like as the minutes ticked down in the fourth quarter that the Panthers wouldn't need overtime, holding a 7-6 lead with less than a minute left, but Maple Hill's Liam Danaher tallied with eight seconds left in regulation to force OT.
That set up a 4-minute extra session, which Hickey ended with nine ticks left.
"When I asked [Hickey] to come out for the team this year, I know he could help us with his athleticism to be a better team and he prove that by winning the game for us," said Hoosick Falls coach Mark Marquart. "It was nice to see him and the team get better as the game went on. Very exciting for him and our team to get a win like that to begin the season."
Danaher scored a game-high three goals in the game, two in the second half.
Guy Milliman and Cole Votra each had two goals for Hoosick Falls, with Milliman scoring both in the first half while Votra scored one in the second and then off a great pass by Milliman in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 6-6.
Maple Hill's Cole Cioffi scored twice in the first, while Hoosick senior Noah LaBarge scored his first goal of the season for the Panthers to make it a 4-4 game at the half.
David Everard and Caleb Jones each scored for Hoosick as well, with Jones' goal coming with 6:56 remaining in the fourth for a 7-6 lead.
"This win really shows how tough of a team we can be," Milliman said. "We fought hard to get back in the game and then came back strong after they tied and forced overtime, so this was really great win for us. Our team morale is so high right now after this win that the sky is the limit for our team this season."
The win marks the first time the Panther have won their season opener in school history.
Hoosick Falls travels to face Lansingburgh on Thursday at 5 p.m.