Lacrosse fends off Trinity in OT
Wednesday night the Tiger Lacrosse team played arch rival Trinity in one of the most competitive games of the season so far. Neither team played especially well, but still gave the fans a great game to watch. After regular time and one overtime period, the Tigers claimed the sudden death victory over the Rocks 10-9.
There couldn’t have been much of a closer game. Every time St. X scored, Trinity found a way to respond and tie the game again. St. X started faster than Trinity. Blake Roshkowski started off the night of scoring with low rip from outside. After Trinity matched the Tigers goal, Leland Gray and Will Edwards each out one in, giving the Tigers the biggest lead of the night. After the first quarter of play, St. X led 3-2.
Only one more goal was added in the second quarter, and the game went into halftime with a score of 4-4. To start the second half, Will Edwards netted two more goals of his own, and the Tigers carried a 6-5 lead heading into the final regulation quarter.
The two teams traded goals in the start of the fourth quarter, and the score stood as 7-6. With about two minutes left, the momentum shifted in favor of Trinity on many different levels. The rocks were able to tie the game and then go up by two goals heading into the final two minutes of regulation. Trinity possessed the ball up until the final minute, where the Tiger defense forced a huge turnover. With 34 seconds left Collin Roppel took action by himself and made a great one on one move from behind the net, scoring the diving goal to decrease the Trinity lead to one goal.
In the final moments of regulation, midfielder Alex Cherry made several huge faceoff wins which drastically affected the turn in momentum. After Roppel’s goal. Cherry won the faceoff and dished it to Roshkowski, who ripped another dime from way outside, tying the game at 9-9 with 24 seconds left. We were headed into overtime.
Nearly the entire overtime period passed with no score. Trinity was given the man advantage midway through the period and had a good look at the goal, but nobody scores on THE Max Cartor late in important games. Cartor stepped into the close rip and blocked it with his gloves. The penalty was released and a string of turnovers ensued. With seconds left on the clock, Trinity made a bad turnover near the midline. Sophomore phenom Blake Roshkowski picked up the ball and immediately pushed it up field. After drawing the Trinity defender, Roshkowski dished it off to Gray, who was left one on one with goalie. Gray, who throws some of the dirtiest fakes in the game, stuck the goal as time expired, giving the Tigers the 10-9 sudden death victory over the Shamrocks.
MVP’s for the game:
Alex Cherry: There is no doubt in my mind that Cherry deserves some of the biggest attention from Wednesday night’s game. He showed out at many points that often don’t receive much accolade, yet can determine the course of a game. Cherry has been tearing it up all season at the faceoff X. When his name was called late in the game, he stepped up to the plate and destroyed the Trinity faceoff man. His four massive faceoff wins late in the fourth quarter are definitely one of the biggest reasons why we are celebrating this win. This right here is why Cherry is one of my MVP’s for the night.
Will Edwards: Through all the nerves imposed by the idea of this being such a big game, many player’s games were affected, but not Edwards’. After struggling to find the net in his first couple of games in the season, he has slowly come back into his grove, tearing up the field. In the Trinity game Wednesday night, Edwards led all scoring with four goals, which ultimately had a huge impact on the game. This right here is why Edwards is one of my MVP’s for the night.
Max Cartor: We all know Max, AKA “the brick wall”, “the iron curtain”, or even “the road block”. What was impressive about Cartor’s game Wednesday night was his ability to adapt. Early on, Trinity stuck some great shots on Cartor’s off stick side. However, by the time the second half rolled around, he had adjusted. On two separate shots, Cartor made ridiculous saves coming all the way across his body. Also, his huge save in overtime was so important and handled with so much ease, that I thought it would be crazy if he was not one of my MVP’s for the night.