OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Rebounding nicely from its only loss of the season, the Stillwater boys’ lacrosse team capped a wild fourth quarter with two goals in the final 34 seconds to rally for an 8-7 Suburban East Conference victory over Woodbury in rainy conditions on Wednesday at Stillwater Area High School.
Trey Lervick scored to give the Royals a 7-6 lead with just 47 seconds remaining, the Stillwater (4-1 SEC, 6-1) answered just 13 seconds later on a goal by Chris Rick to even the score at 7-all. Then with just 11 seconds remaining, Jeff Petersen scored the game-winner on a pass from Sam Sagissor with just 11 seconds remaining.
“Four lead changes in the fourth quarter — what a phenomenal lacrosse game,” Ponies coach Ryan Clark said. “It was two strong programs going hard until the final whistle. I am very proud of my players for persevering through a tough game. Those are the games that define a season. All the credit goes to our players for doing things right down the stretch.”
The teams entered the fourth quarter tied 4-all, but the Royals struck first on a goal by Logan Dirkx. Brandon Jungmann, who joined Sagissor and Petersen with two goals apiece, scored with 8:14 remaining to tie the game and Matt Kaye followed with a goal moments later for a 6-5 Stillwater lead. Dan Rudesill scored with more than six minutes remaining to pull even before Lervick’s goal in the final minute to give the Royals a short-lived lead.
In addition his late goal, Rick collected eight ground balls and was also responsible for a 13-7 edge for the Ponies on faceoffs. He won the faceoffs to himself to set up his late goal and repeated that while setting up Petersen’s deciding tally. He also gained possession to Harrison Yaste to seal the victory.
“I was really impressed with the Woodbury program, both the student-athletes and the coaching staff,” Clark said. “Coach (Jason) Worwa is a smart coach that clearly prioritizes developing talented lacrosse players and fine citizens. The Woodbury program is in great hands for the future.”
Zach Shockency finished with 10 saves in goal for the Ponies, who received two assists from Sagissor and one from Andrew Lammers.
Woodbury 1 2 1 3 — 7
Stillwater 2 0 2 4 — 8
Goals — Wo, Logan Dirkx 2, Lee Broadbent, Grannon Waddington, Jack Lyden, Dan Rudesill and Trey Lervick; St, Brandon Jungmann 2, Sam Sagissor 2, Jeff Petersen 2, Chris Rick and Matt Kaye.
Assists — Wo, Broadbent and Lervick; St, Sagissor 2 and Andrew Lammers.
Saves — Wo, Chris Rolfing 8; St, Zach Shockency 10.
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