Portside Sweeps Finals with Last Minute Heroics, 14-13.
The Portside Lacrosse Club finished their undefeated season (8-0) in a classic 14-13 nailbiter over Toyota.
TO THE ACTION
A fast paced first quarter revealed Jacob Pratt (4g, 2a) giving Toyota a quick lead with just 1:10 played
Just two and a half minutes later, Peter Green (4g) notched an unassisted power play goal that knotted things up at 1-1.
Toyota started to gain momentum when Charles Horning (4g, 1a) scored his first two tallies just :50 apart to boost Toyota to a 3-1 advantage.
The face off specialists then stole the spotlight with JP Dalton (1g) making it a 3-2 affair.
No to be outdone, Mike McDonnell (1g, 1a) answered to put it back to a two goal Toyota edge.
Horning capped his big quarter when he scored his third at the 8:51 mark.
Brad Reppert (1g) and Bradley Jones (3g) ended the opening quarter with a 5-4 Toyota edge.
The Portside flurry continued with Maxwell Siskind (1g) at :31 followed at 2:07 by Peter Green and the score flipped to the Portside favor, 6-5.
Horning leveled the score before Portside seized control with goals from Jones, Brody Bartell (1g) and Parker Bratton (2g) to take it half time with Portside in front, 9-6.
The defense for both clubs clamped down in the third with a combined 4 goals.
Andrew “Buggs” Combs (1g, 2a) got it to a 10-6 Portside lead before Toyota stormed back with Brian Welch (2g,2a), Minich Aaher (1g, 3a) converting a pretty feed from Joseph Crawford and Crawford (1g,1a) hitting rope to sethe stage for wild finish at 10-9.
TIME FOR EXCITEMENT
The stage is set with the players in place.
It took just a minute and fifty nine seconds for Horning to set up up Pratt to knot it up at 10.
Peter Green scored at 4:36 and again at 6:22 to boost Portside to a 12-10 advantage.
Toyota rolled up their sleeves and stormed back with Pratt notching one at 7:52, Welch at 10:15 and Pratt again to make it a 13-12 Toyota lead with just 4:08 remaining.
Bratton converted a Zachary Clark (1a) feed to make it 13-13 at 13:38.
Just as it looked like they were going to extra time, Bradley Jones won the Championship with just twenty eights ticks on the clock.
Shots went the Portside way, 39-30 with Brian Kusteter stopping 17 of the 30 he faced in the Portside nets.
Toyota stayed with their system and employed Patrick Crosby who turned aside 25 shots and Connor Atkinson who stopped 15 of the 20 he faced.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
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