The Amity Spartans Varsity Lacrosse team played Xavier at Mercy High School this afternoon in a marathon SCC game with two overtimes in Middletown.
Amity scored the first goal on a shot by Joe Choiniere mid way through the first quarter. They would have the lead for almost the entire game, but Xavier rallied late and scored with 2:32 remaining in the 4th quarter to take their first lead of the game. Amity gained possession with 30 seconds left, down by one goal, and Steven Sember drew a penalty to give Amity a man advantage for one final possession. Joe Choiniere would go on to tie the game on a bounce shot from up top with just 2 seconds remaining and send it to sudden death overtime.
“It was to unbelievable to watch this goal unfold. It was a little bit of a broken play, but Joe stepped up as soon as he got the ball, and just willed it in to the net past the Xavier goalie to send it in to OT,” said coach Brandon Pepe.
In the first overtime period both teams had opportunities but never really threatened to score. In the second overtime, Amity would come up with a defensive stop, and quickly got the ball up field to captain Nick Coassin for a fast break. He made a great pass to an open Jake Milner who beat the Xavier goalie and won the game for the Spartans.
“Overall it was one of our best efforts of the season. There is no quit in this team. We remained calm and focused through the final minutes of the fourth quarter, and the overtime periods,” Pepe said. “Xavier is a great team and has some very talented players all over the field. They outshot us, and possessed the ball for nearly 70% of the game. When I look back on it, it’s hard to believe we could win a game like this where we rarely had the ball. Our offense was very efficient when we did have possessions, and defensively this is the third game in a row where we are really communicating well and playing great team defense. Exciting games like this are the reason why we love this sport. The game could have gone either way. Glad we got the victory, and hats off to Xavier for a great battle.”
Great to give the Amity Lacrosse Moms something additional to celebrate on Mother’s Day.
Amity 1-3-1-2-0-1 = 8
Xavier 1-1-2-3-0-0 = 7
Spartan’s Captain Joe Choiniere was the high scorer for Amity with 3 goals and 1 assist; Jake Milner made 2 goals and had 1 assist; Nick Coassin made 1 goal and had 1 assist; Matt DeLizio and Jesse Cala added 1 goal each; and Tyler Burns made 4 assists.
The Falcons’ Colin O’Donnell was the high scorer for Xavier with 3 goals; Wes Reid made 1 goal and had 2 assists; Ross Bohan had 1 goal and 1 assist; John Ford and Nico Howard added 1 goal each; and Brett Reid made 1 assist.
Records: Amity 9-2; Xavier 6-5