PH lacrosse can’t avenge OT loss to Lee-Davis
One of the many games falling victim to weather postponement this spring, the Lee-Davis and Patrick Henry boys lacrosse teams found themselves in action on a rare Saturday morning in Ashland.
Patrick Henry senior attackman Ben Joyce works by a Deep Run defender Friday as he heads towards the goal. The Patriots would come off that game to face Lee-Davis Saturday.
Patrick Henry, coming off a loss to Deep Run just the night before, worried about energy and stamina. But they certainly had motivation to try to avenge a 9-8 double overtime loss to the Confederates endured April 4.
Lee-Davis hoped to even its 2014 record at 5-5 and take advantage of any Patriot fatigue. Though that never came into play, taking advantage of opportunity did. The Confederates blocked a third Patriot comeback attempt to pull away in the fourth quarter for the 12-7 win.
“All teams have had to play back-to-back games, so we knew PH would come out and play as hard as they can,” Lee-Davis head coach Jarrott Patteson said. “They didn’t want to lose to us a second time.”
The Confederates seized the lead early, with two goals within 10 seconds in the game’s first 65. The Patriots never panicked, as tallies from Brandon Mills and Zach Stuart knotted the game at two halfway through the first quarter.
Lee-Davis pulled back ahead with two more, but with the man-advantage, Cole Pelham one-hopped a shot into the net with 29 seconds left to close the gap to 4-3 after one.
Michael Bradley tied the match at four halfway through the second, but Lee-Davis surged once more with two goals within a minute of Bradley’s tally to make the halftime score 6-4.
The third period went scoreless, both teams stiffening defensively. The fourth period was precisely the opposite. After Stuart scored 19 seconds into the quarter to reduce the Lee-Davis lead to 6-5, the Confederates went on a tear, separating themselves from the Patriots for good.
The play of the game came on a delayed penalty call, when junior defenseman Sam Newsome zoomed a pass from midfield to a streaking Hayden Keener, who saw daylight, and fired the ball past goalkeeper Jonathan Scoggins for a 7-5 lead. Seven seconds later on the man-advantage, Harrison Dixon gave Lee-Davis its first three-goal lead. Two minutes later, it was 10-5 Confederates.
“I had no idea the flag was thrown,” Newsome admitted after the game. “I was just looking to pass. I know I can’t shoot, so I’m looking for them to get the goal, not me.
For Keener, who got Newsome’s attention by waving his stick high in the air while racing downfield, it was a case of sudden, and welcomed opportunity.
“At first I was looking for a pass, but then I saw the open lane,” Keener, better known for his wrestling career at Lee-Davis, explained. “So I just took my chances and ripped it.”
Two late Patriot goals by Bradley and Logan Dorton were answered by L.B. Butler, Lee-Davis’ leading scorer with five, four of them in the decisive fourth quarter.
“We didn’t want another double-overtime situation, so our offense really stepped up, worked the ball around, and got the shots we needed,” Butler said.
For Patrick Henry, it was a bitter pill to swallow in a disappointing season overall. One of their two best opportunities for a second victory this season had passed them by. After Monday night’s 18-3 loss to 11-1 Douglas Freeman, the Patriots fell to 1-11. Patrick Henry was scheduled to finish their regular season, weather permitting, Wednesday after press time against Hermitage.
Lee-Davis, meanwhile, finished its road schedule Monday night with an 18-11 loss at Deep Run. While they complete their regular season with two home games, both are formidable, with James River coming in Friday, then Hanover on Monday.
In both boys and girls lacrosse, Lee-Davis is joined by Atlee and Hanover in the “Richmond Group” of the “South Zone” come playoff time, while Patrick Henry is with the likes of Albemarle, Charlottesville and Fluvanna in the “Charlottesville Group” due to its membership in Conference 16. Both groups will begin their postseason tournaments the week of May 26.