The Don’s Lacrosse Team falls in Double Overtime in the NCS Quarterfinals.
The Dons travelled to Kezar Stadium on Friday afternoon to face University High School in the NCS Quarterfinals. The Dons started out strong with Colin Jeffries scoring the first 2 goals of the game. University scored one but Michael Bone answered back with a goal of his own. Just seconds before the end of the first quarter, University put one more on the board to end the quarter Dons 3 – University 2. The 2nd quarter was very evenly matched with Don goals coming from Nathan Brickman and Colin Jeffries, but each goal was answered back with University goals. Score at halftime was Dons 5 to University 4. The 3rd quarter was a game of ball possession which was evenly distributed between both teams. Despite several attempts, the Dons were unsuccessful in getting the ball past the goalie. University was able to land one in the net which made it a tie game at the end of the 3rd quarter at 5 to 5. With great efforts, neither team was able to score in the 4th quarter and the game ended in a 5 to 5 tie.
Attempts to score were made by both teams in the first sudden death overtime, but great stops by both the University goalie and our own Parker Henderson ended the first 4 minute OT at 5 to 5. With 4 more minutes on the clock, the Dons once again had opportunity and made attempts, but were unable to finish allowing University one final possession and a time out with 1:34 remaining on the clock. University set up their play and successfully planted one in the net with just over a minute left. Game over – Dons 5 to University 6.
Our Dons played with heart! Despite several injuries this week the team rallied, younger players stepped up and no one ever backed down. Best wishes for speedy recoveries to Leo Barakos, Joey Gladden, Glenn Johnston and Nate Welcomer. High fives to Glenn Johnston who played his final high school lacrosse game with a cast on his arm.
Colin Jeffries with 3 goals, Michael Bone with 1 goal and 1 assist and Nathan Brickman with 1 goal, Grant Jackson with 1 assist and 1 forced turnover. Defensively, Josh Baginski had 2 forced turnovers and 3 ground balls, Brian Maiken had 2 forced turnovers and 2 ground balls and Glenn Johnston had 2 forced turnovers.
Goalie Parker Henderson had 10 saves!
It’s been tremendous fun to be part of the Acalanes’ Lacrosse family the past 4 years. Best wishes to the graduating Seniors – looking forward to seeing you all return for the Alumni game next year.
With so many talented young players on the team, the future looks very bright for the Don’s Lacrosse Team!
For my final time… “GO DONS!”