Mar 18 – Boys LAX Continues Streak Against Campo!
The Dons’ Lax team hosted Campolindo on Friday for a special evening in which they honored former Acalanes’ player and coach, Matt Lynn. Despite the longstanding rivalry between the teams and in the spirit of community, all players participated in honoring Matt by donning colorful socks! Thank you for all of those who came and participated in the memorable evening.
“Nail-biter” would be an understatement! The game was competitive from the first whistle with the Dons and the Cougars battling hard for every ball, every clear and every stop. At the end of the first 12 minutes of play, the score was 0 to 0. Both teams were playing extremely well with very few unforced errors and/or ground balls. The Dons were first to score when Michael Bone landed a great shot followed shortly after by a pass from Matty Mariani to Jack Thoren for a goal. The Dons defense played outstanding the entire night and only allowed 1 goal from Campo in the second quarter. Score at half time Dons 2 to Campo 1. The 3rd quarter was another shut-out quarter by the Dons with a Jake Landry assist to Leo Barakos, a Nathan Brickman assist to Colin Jeffries and Nate Welcomer blocking all shots coming his way from Campo. Score at the end of the 3rd quarter: Dons 4 to Campo 1. The 4th quarter saw another goal by Colin Jeffries with an assist from Fynn Chorak. But, momentum shifted a few minutes into the 4th quarter and Campo went on a run… landing 4 goals to tie the game at 5 to 5 with just under 2 minutes of play left. Both teams attempted goals in the final minutes but were unsuccessful, sending them into sudden death overtime.
The Cougars won the faceoff and made a valiant effort to land a goal, but were unsuccessful. The Dons then had their chance to score, moving the ball swiftly down the field, but their first attempt was stopped and Campo had the ball back. Incredible play by both the Dons’ offense, midfielders, defense and especially Joey Gladden, forced Campo to lose the ball about the 50 yard line and a ground ball recovery by Gladden allowed Nathan Brickman to set up behind the cage. With a swift dodge and a charge through two Campo defenders, Brickman managed to release the ball mid fall and sink it into the back of the net. Game over! Final score Acalanes 6 to Campo 5.
The entire defense was honored with the game ball last night as they were tremendous in stopping Campo time and time again. Josh Baginski (forced 2 turnovers), Joey Gladden (4 ground balls & 2 forced turnovers), Glenn Johnston (2 ground balls), Brian Maiken (forced 4 turnovers) and man down defender Sean Ortlieb were relentless all game.
Goalie Nate Welcomer chalked up 13 saves, Parker Henderson had 1 save.
The Dons have not lost a game to Campo since 2005. Friday night’s win was Acalanes’ 20th consecutive victory over the rival. They will face each other again on April 19th.