Two opposing forces pulled Tuesday’s Brother Martin vs Strake Jesuit lacrosse game into overtime.
For the visiting Crusaders from Houston, it was a chance to salvage a win during their three-game Louisiana road trip after suffering loses to St Thomas More (12-9 on Sunday) and to Jesuit (9-4 on Monday).
As for the home Crusaders, it was a chance to finish what a late flurry of three fourth quarter goals started and steal a win from what appeared to be a sure defeat late in the game.
Those forces were equally strong during the game’s first four-minute overtime, but early in the second overtime, it was Jake Watson scoring off a pass from Jace Johnson to give Strake Jesuit a sudden death 6-5 win over Brother Martin at Muss Bertolino Stadium in Kenner.
“Two years ago when we went on this trip we had a game against New Orleans Jesuit and it was triple-overtime,” said Johnson. “We lost our first two games of this trip and we really had to get gritty and fight for this one. The team pulled together, we really focused and came home with a win.”
Brother Martin got the scoring started in impressive fashion when Ryan Templet fought through several defenders and fired a shot that found the back of the net for the game’s first goal.
After Strake Jesuit tied the game, Johnson took charge scoring a pair of second quarter goals, the second of which coming at the 0:37 mark before the half for a 3-1 lead.
Like they did for much of the game, Brother Martin showed impressive resiliency and came right back and scored a goal 0:18 seconds later from Will Waltsen which both cut the lead to 3-2 and gave the Crusaders momentum heading to the second half.
Defense dominated much of the third quarter with both goalies (Jake Bodino for Brother Martin) making several key plays.
It was Strake Jesuit breaking through the defensive battle when Jake Watson scored at the 2:55 mark of the third quarter, followed by a sensational goal by Johnson early in the fourth quarter. Johnson started on the left side of the field, then charged through a pair of Brother Martin defenders to the right side of the goal fighting off several checks, then reversed direction and fired through a triple-team of Crusader defenders for the highlight-reel goal to give Strake Jesuit the 5-2 fourth quarter lead.
Like they did near the end of the first half, Brother Martin responded.
Just 0:14 after Johnson’s heroic shot, Templet answered with one of his own, a blistering shot to cut the lead to 5-3.
Four minutes later Brother Martin struck again this time it was Carson Scott with the honors on an impressive goal shooting against his body as he crossed in front of the right side of the net.
With 1:40 remaining, Brother Martin tied the game when Scott lifted an excellent pass from the side of the net to an open Cayden McCoy who took little time to shoot and score to send the game to overtime tied at 5-5.
Watson’s game-winner in the second overtime came on a play that Strake Jesuit had been coming up empty on throughout the game.
“Jace Johnson, our top midfielder filled the top spot, I came down and cycled with him,” said Watson. “They double-teamed him and he came off that pick and hit me and (the goal was) a bouncer double pipe. It was a perfect way to end it.”
“That was a long-time coming, we’ve been waiting to hit that all game,” said Johnson. “I finally saw Jack wide open and he made the shot, it was great.”
Strake Jesuit moves to 2-3 overall, Brother Martin to 3-2.
“Our boys came out they were fighting every corner of the field,” said Brother Martin coach Greg Anderson. “It just wasn’t happening. We got it to double overtime, the three goals late in regulation were huge but we came up just short.”