After what coaches and players described as a bad loss to Hammond two days earlier, the Greenbrier High School boys lacrosse team was hoping to bounce back in a big way Thursday night.
Facing Heathwood Hall, the Wolfpack did just that, beating the Highlanders 8-7 on junior Colin Fitzpatrick’s game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in the game.
“It was a big win for us tonight,” said junior Cal Newsome. “We had a little bit of trouble on Tuesday, our most recent game, and this was definitely a major improvement and it’s great for the team.”
Newsome scored the Wolfpack’s first two goals of the game, finishing with three. He ended the game by picking up a ground ball with 12 seconds left and running out the clock following goalie Corey Youngblood’s 12th save of the game.
After being stopped in the game’s waning moments, Fitzpatrick took advantage of a second chance.
Following Highlander goalie Billy Dreyer’s 13th and final save of the night on a Fitzpatrick shot, defenseman Brooks Mischel created a turnover in the Highlanders’ end. Fitzpatrick got the ball and this time he would not miss, scoring the game-winner.
“Brooks Mischel made a great play, got the ball loose and I picked it up, I saw the opportunity and I scored it,” said Fitzpatrick. “I owe that one all to Brooks.”
Fitzpatrick joined Newsome with three goals while Tanner Everhart chipped in with two.
The Wolfpack, who improved to 4-4 for the season, were matched evenly with a Highlanders’ squad that entered at 3-0. The Wolfpack led by as many as two twice, but each time the Highlanders were able to come back to tie the score.
Entering the fourth quarter tied at five after a third period controlled by the Highlanders, Fitzpatrick gave the Wolfpack a 6-5 lead scoring at the 10:08 mark with 13 seconds left on a two-man advantage.
Logan McGill, who led all scorers with four goals, answered quickly for the Highlanders, scoring and tying the game once more just eight seconds later.
The Wolfpack re-took the lead at 5:15 on an Everhart score from close in on the left side, but Edwin Propst tied it once more with 1:55 to play.
Head coach Jeff Becker liked the way his team played against what he described as a very good, well-disciplined team.
“They could pass the ball really good but our defense wouldn’t let them penetrate,” said Becker. “When they did, Corey the goalie made some great stops. It was a fantastic job by the defense. The best job they’ve done all year.”
Heathwood Hall 1 2 2 2 – 7
Greenbrier 1 3 1 3 – 8
Goals: Heathwood Hall-Nelson Weston, Logan McGill (4), William Anderson, Edwin Propst; Greenbrier-Cal Newsome (3), Tanner Everhart (2), Colin Fitzpatrick (3) Assist: Heathwood Hall-Anderson, Robert Boyle; Greenbrier-Allen Walls. Goalkeepers: Heathwood Hall-Billy Dreyer (13); Greenbrier-Corey Yongblood (12).