Boys Varsity Lacrosse
|Woodbridge High School||8|
|Osbourn Park HS||9|
The Vikings traveled to Osbourn Park Wednesday night to take on Coach Gellner and the Yellow Jackets. Both teams came into the game looking for their second win in as many days. Players on both sides were faced with the challenge of making the necessary adjustments from the previous night without the benefit of practice time; or rest.
Senior Alec Cordova opened the scoring to put the Vikings up 1-0. Osbourn Park answered on the following possession to tie the game before again finding the net to take a 2-1 lead. It was not until the second quarter that the next goal would be recorded. Again it was Cordova for the Vikings, tying the game after an assist from Junior Jack Brennan. Brennan recorded three helpers on the day.
Osbourn responded, as they did all night, quickly scoring shortly after the ensuing faceoff to once again tie the game. The Jackets would then score back-to-back goals to take the largest lead of the game at 5-2. Just as it seemed the game may slip away from Woodbridge, Senior Jacob Creagh provided a much needed response. Creagh took advantage of an aggressive Osbourn Park defense and was able to muscle through a goal with a shot from the top of the box.
With halftime approaching, Jack Brennan took the ball at X. The Junior drove hard to the net, rolled inside his man and ran through the check of an oncoming defender before notching his second of four points (1G, 3A).
The Vikings followed through on what they had vowed to do at the start of the Spring season, respond to adversity. They brought the score back to 5-4 and went into halftime with momentum on their side.
The second half would prove to be a back and forth battle. The lead for either team never stretched past a fragile 1 goal cushion. Woodbridge was looking to continue their momentum in the second half. They were able to do so thanks to the combo of Juniors Jack Brennan and Ben Wheeler.
Wheeler looked as if he would set a pick for his line mate, but fooled the Jackets defense by cutting to the goal instead. Brennan provided the feed in stride, which allowed Wheeler to break free for a wrap around goal that was equal parts style and execution. Woodbridge, confident that they were a strong second half team, looked to be seizing control of the game.
Senior Jacob Creagh gave the Vikings the lead, 6-5, later in the third. Creagh launched a shot from the top of the box and once again overpowered the Jackets goal keeper. For the first time since the opening tally, the Vikings were in front.
However, Osbourn would respond with a backbreaking goal only seconds later. In the fourth, they took advantage of an extra man opportunity to gain the lead back at 7-6. Later in the quarter, Jacob Creagh picked off a pass at midfield and pushed forward for a fast break. He found Wheeler on the doorstep for his second goal of the game. Once again, it was all knotted up.
Osbourn then turned to their midfielders, who found success throughout the game against the Vikings' defense, for a goal to retake the lead 8-7. Later in the forth, Jack Brennan linked up with Senior attackmen Mike Stroup for a dunk on the crease to make it 8-8. Stroup gave the Jackets defense fits throughout the game with his strong play on the crease.
The Yellow Jackets were able to push the face off out to the wing, but Junior LSM Noah Kirk was there to apply pressure for the Vikings. Kirk administered a well timed lift to put the ball on the ground. It was Osbourn Park that would eventually come up with the ground ball after a hard fought battle. Coach Gellner used his final timeout to ensure that possession was held.
Ground balls were an Achilles' heel for Woodbridge as they were outplayed on the ground 41-19. This one in particular would prove to be costly. The Jackets came out of the timeout and were able to score with just over 2 minutes left to make it 9-8.
Osbourn was the first to possess the ball after the goal, but the Vikings' defense, which saw marked improvement over their performance the previous night, held strong and was able to force a turnover. The Vikings had their chances in the waning seconds of the game but were unable to convert. When the horn sounded, the final score held at 9-8 in favor of Osbourn Park.
The Yellow Jackets improved to 2-0, while the Vikings fell to 1-1 after the loss. Woodbridge will look to grow quickly from the tough loss as they take on a tough Battlefield team Friday night. The game will be Woodbridge's 3rd in 4 days.