Any time programs such as Archbishop Wood and Spring-Ford play each other, the contest is bound to be an exciting one. Saturday afternoon's game was no exception, as it took a last-gasp goal to separate the two sides.
Alex Marte's goal with two seconds remaining in the game gave Spring-Ford a 12-11 win over Wood in the Katie Samson Lacrosse Festival. The game was filled with entertaining goals and lead changes, as well as big hits and solid goalkeeping. It was a shame that one team had to lose, but both teams played really well.
"Our guys decided that they really wanted that game,' Spring-Ford coach Kevin Donnelly said. "We were able to come out on top at the end, which is good because they really played hard.'
The Vikings went into the fourth quarter down 9-8 but, given how close the game was, they were extremely confident they could come back. They started the frame off with two goals by Tom Kane, who had a total of six goals in the game, to take a one goal lead. Four minutes after the second one, Ray Kent found a loose ball in front of net and scored to give Wood an elusive two-goal lead. At that point, it seemed as though the Vikings would go on to win.
"It was a great game, Spring-Ford has a very strong team,' Wood coach Don Magin said. "We came off of a loss in which we did not play as well as we could have and the guys really responded in this game. I told my kids how proud I am of them and this is a point in our season when we need to step up and really go after it.'
But the rollercoaster was not quite done yet. With less than 3:11 left in the game, Spring-Ford's Alex Orcutt scored to switch the momentum back in the Rams favor. Two minutes later, Zachary Hare hit the back of the net on a shot from distance to tie the game at 11-11. Although Spring-Ford had the majority of possession in the final 3 1/2 minutes, it looked as though Wood would hang on for overtime.
The Rams had other plans. Marte was fortunate enough to have the ball drop right in front of him during a scuffle and he promptly deposited it in the net with just two seconds left. There was time for just one more draw, but that was all as Spring-Ford celebrated its big win.
"It was a huge win and a big goal,' Marte said. "I was in the right place at the right time, I couldn't ask for anything different. Our whole team played great and we worked hard to come back and get the win.'
The first three quarters really set the tone for the last one. Kane had a hat trick for the Vikings in the first, while Hare had a pair and Austin Pecharo, Kevin Todd and Jake Hvazda added on each for the Rams. The first 12 minutes was a goal fest, ending in a 5-5 tie.
The rampant goal scoring stopped in the middle periods. Orcutt and Wood's Tanner Romano traded goals in the second. Kane and James Kent netted for the Vikings in the third, which was countered by goals from Todd and Hvazda. Marte scored the goal that gave Spring-Ford a 9-8 lead going into the fourth.
"It was big for our team because we have been on the other side of this during this season,' Donnelly said. "I prefer that they play the way they did in the fourth throughout the game, but when the final period comes around they take care of business. We needed this win for sure.'
It was an exciting and well-played game by both teams. For Spring-Ford, it was a good win since it only gets four out of league games person season. For Wood, even in a loss, it was an opportunity to see what they were made of and get some good work in ahead of the Philadelphia Catholic League playoffs.
"Someone had to win and someone has to lose, that's the way it goes,' Magin said. "I don't think there was a defensive lapse to point to. Lacrosse is great because anything can happen at any time. It was just two good teams battling it out. Even though they may not have seen it on the scoreboard, we played this game as a unit and that will help us the rest of the season.'