By Tommy Fellner //
The Acalanes Men’s Lacrosse team (2-0 DFAL) eked out an overtime win over crosstown rival Campolindo on Friday, beating the Cougars 6-5. The Dons’ win was exceptionally special as it was the Matt Lynn Memorial game, with all players wearing colorful socks in honor of former Dons Lacrosse player Matt Lynn that died of cancer. Acalanes also extended their win streak over Campolindo to 23 games and 11 years.
Both teams relied heavily on their defensive units in the first quarter. The Dons and the Cougars both controlled the ball well on offense but each defense remained strong and did not let in a goal. The game was scoreless after 12 minutes.
Acalanes was the first to get things going on offense. Michael Bone ripped a shot that snuck past Campolindo’s goalkeeper to put the Dons up 1. His score was backed up by a goal from Jack Thoren off of a Matty Mariani assist.
However, Campolindo also got a little offense of their own going and the Cougars got a shot past Acalanes goalkeeper Nate Welcomer to get the Cougars on the board.
Acalanes led 2-1 at half.
The third quarter was all Acalanes. Jake Landry assisted a Leo Barakos goal to put Acalanes up 3-1. Then Collin Jeffries scored and extended the lead to 3 off of an assist from Nathan Brickman. Parker Henderson was in the goal for the Dons and denied Campo’s offenders from scoring.
The Dons continued their run in the beginning of the fourth with another goal from Collin Jeffries this time off a Fynn Chorak assist.
It appeared that the Dons would coast to a victory, leading 5-1 with only 5 minutes remaining in the game, but after winning a draw control, Campolindo’s offense came to life.
The Cougars won a draw control, ran down and scored. Bringing the score to 5-2.
Then on the next draw control, the Cougars won again and scored again, making it 5-3. The Dons began to worry as their lead had so quickly shrunk.
Campolindo continued their run, and it seemed like the Dons had no answers for the Cougars’ offense. Campolindo scored twice more to even the score at 5 apiece with just under two minutes left to play.
Neither team was able to score in the remaining minutes and the game was sent into sudden death overtime.
The Cougars’ won the draw control at the start of the overtime period, but the Dons were able to deny them a goal.
Acalanes then went on the offensive attack but their attempt was stopped short as well.
Campolindo then countered to offense but Joey Gladden intercepted a pass, giving possession back to Acalanes. The Dons moved the ball down the field and it ended up into the stick of attacker Nathan Brickman.
Brickman danced around the goal and then began his drive. Brickman dodged two defenders then dove around the side of the goal, flicking the ball into the back of the net.
Acalanes had won 6-5.
The stands and sidelines erupted as the Dons had staved off Campolindo’s furious comeback and won.