April 21, 2010

National HSB Notebook: California GK Scores in OT

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Jeff Seidel covers high school lacrosse for Lacrosse Magazine Online. Check back each week for his regional breakdown of what's what around nation. Submit notes or story ideas to jseid1234@aol.com.


WEST

Granite Bay (Calif.) goalkeeper Cody Sviba went coast-to-coast (video below) to score a goal in overtime of a big Sacramento Valley victory over Jesuit.

Granite Bay (Calif.) coach Scott Pink saw goalie Cody Sviba start to walk upfield as the Grizzlies began to clear the ball during overtime of their game with Jesuit last Friday, a Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference matchup. The battle was for first place in the conference, and the teams had gone to extra time following an 11-11 tie in regulation.

Pink expected Sviba to pass the ball to a midfielder, who would take care of the clear. But that didn’t happen, as Sviba slowly began to run and then took off on a full sprint. There was an open lane right up the middle, and the senior kept going, made a quick move to his right and fired a low shot into the goal to give the Grizzlies a 12-11 victory.

Goalies don’t score every day in lacrosse, and the goal sent Granite Bay into a wild celebration and improved it to 8-3 overall and 5-0 in SVLC competition.

“I’ve never seen a goalie do that in an overtime game for the game-winning goal,” said Pink. “I’ve been involved with lacrosse for 40 years, and I’ve never seen that happen before.”

Pink laughed and said he was thinking of calling a timeout, but decided against it when he saw Sviba had some running room.

“The best decision I ever made was not calling it,” Pink said.

SOUTHWEST

Loyola won the first Louisiana state lacrosse title last year, and now the Flyers are trying for No. 2. But this one could be tougher.

Loyola was the top seed last year, but the Flyers are going to be the No. 3 seed in the state. They are second in their district (West) and will play Byrd (from Shreveport) next Monday in the first round. The winner gets to the state semifinal next Saturday in New Orleans.

After that, the state title game will be the following day.

Loyola comes into the playoffs with an 11-5 record. The Flyers have beaten Byrd twice in close games.

Last year, Loyola beat Jesuit New Orleans for the first state title. The two teams met this year, and Jesuit won that matchup.

Senior attackman J.T. Terzia was the Louisiana Player of the Year last year and is the team’s top scorer this season. Goalie Chris Melson was first-team all-state last year and will play next year at Division I Presbyterian.

“This year will be different because we are underdogs,” said Loyola coach Mike DeVita. “It will be a good change for us, and hopefully we’ll be in a good position to repeat.”

MIDWEST

There’s a number of good offensive performers in the first part of the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association’s season this spring.

From Lyons Township, Alec Westerhoff is the area’s top scorer. The senior has 35 goals and four assists for 39 points.

Jake Squilaci from Grayslake North is right behind him. He’s got 19 goals and 12 assists for 31 points. Ryan Gallagher of Saint Rita has the exact same numbers.

Geoff Harty from Glenbrook South, and Westerhoff teammate Matt Samarco are tied for fourth as each has 19 goals and seven assists for 26 points.

MID-ATLANTIC

The Harrisburg (Pa.) Academy got huge games from Jack Miller, Levi Wolfe and Patrick Dill en route to a 17-8 rout of Tunkhannock earlier this week.

PennLive.com reported that Miller led the way with six goals and four assists for 10 points. Dill wasn’t far behind, finishing with five goals and four assists for his nine-point effort.

Wolfe also helped out by scoring five goals as Harrisburg improved to 8-1 on the season.

Tom Smith led Tunkhannock with three goals.

NORTHEAST

St. Joseph (N.J.) was undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the Newark Star-Ledger’s poll when it took on No. 12 Seton Hall Prep earlier this week, and had to battle to come out with a 9-8 overtime victory.

Andrew D’Ambrosio scored with 2:03 left in the second overtime for the win. Ed Lubowicki got the assist—his fifth of the day.

Kevin Cernuto led the winners with four goals. Nick Fernandez, Graham Horvath and Joey Porchetta each scored twice for Seton Hall Prep.

Each goalie – Anthony Porchetta from Seton Hall and Harry Burke from St. Joseph – finished with 18 saves.


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