Story by Zack Martin '18
STA Lacrosse was not only facing fellow IAC team Episcopal, but also striving to achieve several major milestones: an overall winning record on the regular season (10 wins), two IAC league wins, and the automatic clinch of a home game in the IAC tournament. The varsity lacrosse program had attained none of these achievements for several years. Last Friday, the program had an opportunity to claim all three.
Going into game time, EHS was ranked ahead of STA nationally; the Mount, however, proved the polls wrong on Friday afternoon. The BEEF came in great numbers, with more students present than I had seen in my time at the Upper School. By the second half, BEEF was 100% shirtless. The game went back and forth with several goal runs by both programs until the fourth quarter when it all knotted up at 10-10. When the clock ticked to zero, the Dawgs were in the same position after full time on Wednesday: 10 all, and OT bound. Overtime is sudden death in lacrosse, so the intensity of the game picked up. The sidelines got loud, BEEF got louder, and everyone waited in growing anxiety for the final golden goal. Both teams had offensive possessions, but neither could find twine in during the first overtime. The winner would have to claim victory during the second overtime.
Soon into second over time, the moment happened.Lance Kaminski ‘19 passed the ball to Alden Summerville ‘18 and set a pick on what would be the final possession of the game. Alden used the pick and placed a lefty rip top shelf on net. It hit twine. Mayhem ensued. It is hard to describe the pure joy I felt as BEEF rushed the field and we all celebrated in the greatest mosh of all time. It was a moment every player and spectator in attendance will never forget.
Last Friday’s win sets up an even tougher matchup at Bullis next Tuesday (7pm) that has IAC tournament seeding implications behind it. A win and a Prep loss gives the Bulldogs a #2 seed, which would cap off an already memorable season with a spot in the IAC semifinals. We hope to have Hugh Preas ‘18 back from injury (concussion) for the playoffs, who has made a huge defensive impact on the team this season and missed all of last week. Roll Dogs.