The Jonathan Alder lacrosse team is on a roll following a pair of impressive wins last week.
The Pioneers improved their record to 3-1 after wins over Little Miami (9-8) and Toledo Central Catholic (9-4) Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16.
In the first of the two games the Pioneers took an early lead when Shane Blacka scored on an outside shot early in the first quarter. The Panthers answered with a pair of goals of their own to take a 2-1 advantage after one quarter of play.
The Pioneer’s Bryan Blacka scores from 10-yards out early in the second quarter to tie things 2-2. But after that tally the Pioneers scoring dried up and the Panthers are able to take a 5-2 lead into halftime.
The Pioneers came out fired up to start the third quarter and held the opposition’s offense in check, allowing just one goal midway through the quarter. The Pioneers were down 6-2 but were not out of it when they mounted a furious come back late in the third.
Alder began to pound the Panthers defense relentlessly with shot after shot and the results came fast and furious. Andrew Miller found the back of the net at the 3:45 mark. Shortly after Jacob Friend scored. Jake Davis added another score as time was running out in the period. Shane Blacka scooped up a loose ball and raced the length of the field. He found Davis ahead of him for a fast break score that gave Alder all the momentum heading into the final quarter, despite still trailing 6-5.
Davis continued Alder’s comeback when he scored at the 8:47 mark to tie up the game 6-6. The Pioneers then took the lead when Miller and Bryan Blacka each scored to give the Pioneers an 8-6 advantage. The Panthers were not done though and were able to score the final two goals in regulation and send the contest to overtime.
Both teams battled hard through overtime with Broderick Besinger making some huge stops to keep the Panthers out of the goal. The Pioneers were able to finally win the game when Miller beat the Little Miami keeper for the winner.
“Andrew was able to scoop up a loose ball and fire a rocket that the Panthers goalie never saw coming,” Alder coach Rob Davis said. “This was a huge win for our program. The boys really stepped up on Friday night. Everyone was playing their best and never quit.
“Our defense really stepped up and kept giving our offense opportunities by getting key stops for us. We are fortunate we have a pretty experienced defensive core lead by a group of seniors. Broderick had an amazing game and stepped up to stop several shots that turned the tide of the game for us.”
The Panthers (4-1) were undefeated coming into that game.
The Pioneers hosted Toledo Central Catholic Saturday, April 16, at Volunteer Field.
“The boys were fired up to be playing finally on their home field,” the coach said.
It showed immediately as the Pioneers took control of the game early and quickly rolled to 6-0 lead going into the half. Coming out of the break the Pioneers scored only once during the third quarter. The Irish were able to score twice in the third but Alder put the game away winning 9-4.
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