Landon Lacrosse 8 Episcopal HS 7 in Double Overtime

It took two days on the calendar, 44 minutes of playing time and a comeback from a five goal deficit for the Bears to beat the Maroon and secure the regular season IAC lacrosse title for 2015 with an 18-2 record. The ultimate differential was a series of big plays in which the Bears stepped up. It was a well-played game by both teams and one has to understand the disappointment of the EHS fans, who have lost 3 times in overtime. The Maroon is a better team than the record indicates.

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The game started on Wednesday the 5th of May and Landon’s play for the first 21 minutes did not please Coach Bordley. The lightning that was to come from the clouds was foreshadowed by the EHS play and repeated three times later on the field; the last was a bolt from a Bear in OT 2.

 

Only 0:09 after the face-off, the home team scored on a fast break, point blank shot. As the only penalty of the game was being served by the Maroon, they notched a second goal, short-handed with 0:21 remaining in the period.

 

END OF 1ST QUARTER– MAROON 2 BEARS 0

 

The bad news continued in the second period with goals at 8:31, 3:29 and 3:23. Down love-five, things looked bleak for the Bears. The last three minutes changed the momentum—Joey Epstein found Nate Buller, who blasted the Bears’ first goal @ 2:49. Soon thereafter, EHS possessed the ball in their own offensive zone, but it rolled into the Landon end of the field. Under the new “over-and-back” rules, Landon was awarded the ball. Joey grabbed the ball, sprinted down field and fed Nate for Landon’s 2nd goal. Momentum shift?

 

HALFTIME– MAROON 5 BEARS 2

 

The second thunderbolt occurred after the third period face-off and this time the goal was tallied by EHS after 0:13 seconds of play.

 

It may have been the halftime coaching or the shock of the Maroon’s sixth goal, but the play of the Bears was electrified. A minute later Colton Rupp passed to Joey E for an awesome goal @10:37. Less than 30 seconds ran off the clock and another Bear goal was scored by Colton. Another minute and a half expired, then Nate fed Griffin Brown for another goal @ 8:30 remaining in this quarter.

 

As the teams realigned for a faceoff, the real lightning hit and then 10 minutes later another hit was noted. More hit and hit. None of the bolts were close to the field, but under strict IAC rules, the referees suspended the game about 6:30pm. A heavy rain and quickly diminishing light contributed to the decision to stop play with the score Maroon 6 Bears 5 with 8:30 remaining in the third period.

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May 6th, 4:30pm – the game was initially delayed due to the uncertain weather conditions, but at about 5:15pm, picking up after the previous day’s Landon 5th goal.

 

The Maroon once again jumped off with a score, their 7th and final for the game at 6:00 of the third period.

 

Landon responded with two consecutive goals to tie the score for the first time in this game. First, Rob Adkins inverted and saw Nate open on the EHS’s goalie’s left. It is not clear whether the home goalie saw the ball as Nate’s shot hummed by him @ 5:19. To end this critical period @0:59 Nate showed his vision and threaded a pass to Colton who, to steal a trite, but apt hockey term, “put the biscuit in the basket”.

 

END OF 3RD QUARTER — BEARS 7 MAROON 7

 

This last twelve minutes saw defensive play dominating, Notably Drew Firstenberg used his long pole to cause several timely turnovers, but others on the D end assured that no more Maroon goals were scored from six minutes of the 3rd through all of the last quarter.

 

END OF REGULATION TIME– BEARS 7 MAROON 7

 

The first overtime saw both teams possess the ball for almost equal shares of time, each call a time out to set up THE play and neither offense converted.

 

END OF 1ST OVERTIME– BEARS 7 MAROON 7

 

The field form of lightning struck immediately at the beginning of the period. Justin Shockey¸who had a great day at the X, won the faceoff, sprinted to the home goal and as the Maroon D responded to his threat, he saw a slide away from Colton. The second that the ball was in the senior attackman’s crosse, the sphere rocketed to the far upper corner for the winning goal @ 3:54 (i.e. 0:06 expired).

 

FINAL SCORE BEARS 8 MAROON 7

 

Onto the IACs semifinals next Wednesday at Landon.

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Bear

 

 

 

KHARI BATEN “THAT’S A BEAR AWARD”

 

Colton Rupp— 3 goals 1 assist

Justin Shockey— game winning assist and 8 of 13 at the X

Drew Firstenberg— 5 CTs, 6 GBs

And everyone on the team

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  1. […] took two days and two overtimes, but the Bears beat EHS 8-7 with this goal in the 2nd overtime. Here’s Justin Shockey assisting on Colton Rupp’s […]


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