Monday’s lacrosse game between county rivals Lakeside and Greenbrier high schools didn’t count toward area standings, but a scuffle at the end of the game kicked up the stakes for an upcoming rematch.
Lagging 5-2 at the half, Lakeside edged Greenbrier 10-9 after an intense fourth period that saw three ties and four lead changes. Lakeside pulled ahead for good with 1:22 to play when the Panthers’ Cody Hovis took a pass from Tyler Sollie and scored the game-winner on a power play for his fifth goal of the night.
“The whole game the left side of the field was open for the right-handed shot, so I just took advantage of that, got myself open, caught it and shot it,” said Hovis.
It was fitting that Lakeside won the game on a power play, as half their goals came via the extra-man advantage. The Panthers (8-4) scored three times on seven power-play opportunities in the third period to tie the game at five heading into the final period.
The Wolfpack (4-7) were shorthanded a total of 18 times for the match as players were sent to the penalty box.
“It was all shorthand the second half,” said Greenbrier head coach Jeff Becker. “I’m not going to blame the officials for the loss or anything because we played sloppy. I coached sloppy.”
Following a save by goalie Seth Lowery, the Wolfpack took a 9-8 lead with 3:55 to play on a shorthanded goal by Jacob Edwards assisted by Brooks Mischel.
The Panthers responded with a Sollie power-play goal 30 seconds later, then Hovis came away with the final tally 29 seconds after a Wolfpack tripping penalty.
Lakeside head coach Ron Ritter was happy his young team was able to overcome its early-game jitters.
“When they realized they could play with them it was different, they had to realize what they could do,” Ritter said.
As the horn sounded to end the game with a Panther victory on their home turf, a scuffle on the far side of the field broke out.
Coaches and officials separated the players before those who left their benches could further escalate the incident.
Afterward, both coaches said they would be reviewing videotape and those involved would be punished.
“The guys that came off the bench are the ones we’re going to have to address,” Becker said. “We specifically try to keep them on the bench and two or three ran past me, and that really makes me mad. We will address them and probably hand out suspensions for them.”
Ritter talked about taking it a step further for those actually involved.
“My opinion is the ones who are guilty are gone,” said Ritter. “There’s no room in the class for that.”
The teams meet again at Greenbrier on April 24 in a game that counts toward area standings.