For a first-year varsity program, the Sacred Heart Cathedral boys’ lacrosse team has had its share of heartbreaking losses.
The Irish fell 11-10 to St. Francis of Mountain View in West Catholic Athletic League play on Wednesday at Crocker Amazon Playground, for their fourth overtime loss of the season.
St. Francis senior midfielder Ryan Claus scored the game-winner with just 1:06 left in overtime.
The Irish trailed 8-3 early in the third quarter and 10-7 late in the fourth, but scored three unanswered goals in the final 2:28 to force overtime and the SHC goal came on a shorthanded opportunity of its own.
With standout junior attackman Milo Gates serving a slashing penalty, fellow junior Colin Franceschini worked his way behind the net and found midfielder Peter Van Zandt unattended in front of the net on a backdoor cut.
Van Zandt took the pass and quickly buried the ball low in the net with 10 seconds remaining to tie the game at 10-10.
Even though the Irish were resilient late, Sacred Heart coach Richard Cooke was not satisfied with the overall effort of his team.
“It should have never gone to overtime, I’ll be honest with you,” Cooke said. “The last time we played them, we had an easy time and today we came out flat and didn’t give much of an effort.”
Gates, who has a team-high 97 points on the season in just 16 games, scored a game-high four goals and three assists, and either assisted or scored the first six Irish goals.
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