Six goals in five minutes followed by a game-winning shot in overtime was what it took for Glendale Mountain Ridge to pull off a come-from-behind, 10-9 victory over Oro Valley in the Division II Arizona Lacrosse League championship Friday night at Arcadia High School.
Tyler Tavrytzky scored the game-winner 58 seconds into overtime, rifling his third goal of the game into the right side of the goal.
“When I got the pass and I looked around, I didn’t expect to have the shot,” Tavrytzky said. “But I saw half the goal open and I just went for it.”
The overtime winner capped an impressive comeback for Mountain Ridge after the team faced an 8-3 deficit late in the third quarter. Tavrytzky scored in the final seconds of the third quarter to cut the lead to four, then Dylan Price scored about a minute into the fourth quarter to cut it to three.
But Mountain Ridge really came to life when sophomore Brady Wijbrandts scored three consecutive goals in just over two minutes to tie the game with 8:31 remaining.
“We just weren’t executing in the beginning; not catching and throwing,” Wijbrandts said. “I knew it was time to take charge and take over the game. It was time to step up.”
Price’s third goal of the game gave Mountain Ridge a lead for the first time since early in the first quarter, but Oro Valley responded with a goal by Cail Davis with less than two minutes to go that ultimately forced overtime.
The score was much different than when the teams met on April 9, when Mountain Ridge rolled through Oro Valley, 9-1.
“They wanted it more in the first couple quarters and our defense was flat,” Tavrytzky said. “It took us until the end of the game to really attack and be able to possess the ball, and that’s what it took.”
Oro Valley outscored Mountain Ridge in each of the first three quarters, with Keaton Smith leading the way with three goals. Garret Burgess also contributed two goals and two assists to the team’s total, but Oro Valley’s final shot at the end of regulation was saved by Jared Garten to send the game to overtime.
Mountain Ridge won the face off and never gave the ball back to Oro Valley in the sudden death period.
“We were confident the whole time, we just weren’t doing what we needed to do early,” Wijbrandts said. “We all brought it together in one of those timeouts and just knew we worked too hard this season to give up. We knew we had it, we just needed to execute.”
Notre Dame Prep 11, Brophy Prep 10
Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep boys lacrosse capped an undefeated season with a state championship by holding off one final possession for Phoenix Brophy Prep to earn an 11-10 victory in the Arizona Lacrosse League Division I final Friday night at Arcadia High School.
Neither team led by more than two goals at any point in the game, and even Notre Dame’s 11-9 lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game nearly evaporated in the final seconds. After Brophy’s Patrick McNeil scored with 1:49 remaining, Notre Dame turned over possession with 1:16 left on the clock.
In that final 76 seconds, Brophy fired three shots at Notre Dame goalie Marcus Koumontzis but couldn’t find the net to force overtime. The first two sailed wide of the goal, while the third was blocked out of the air by Koumontzis.
“My heart was racing and I didn’t know what was going on, honestly,” Koumontzis said. “I just made last-reaction saves … I just saw the ball come out and moved towards it.”
The loss was only the second of the season for Brophy and the second to come at the hands of Notre Dame. The first loss and only other loss on the season was a 10-9 defeat in the two teams’ first meeting on March 7 at Brophy Sports Complex.
But by halftime Friday, it was Brophy that jumped out to a 7-6 lead with Oliver Wanebo scoring in the final minute of the first half to give the Broncos a lead. The two teams traded goals to begin the third quarter, but then Notre Dame held Brophy without a goal for more than 13 minutes of game clock.
“We were just putting in everything we had,” Notre Dame junior Quinn Stanton said. “There was no point in saving our energy. It’s the last game of the season, could be the last game ever for all the seniors, and it was well worth it for this feeling.”
Stanton and William Cunnington led Notre Dame with three goals each, while Blake Storey added another pair of goals to the team’s total. But in the final two minutes it was on the shoulders of the team’s defense and goalie to fend off a Brophy rally.
“I knew the defense would hold it down,” Cunnington said. “I knew Marcus [Koumontzis] was in goal and was going to save anything that came at him.”
Koumontzis rose to the occasion and his final save secured Notre Dame a state title for the first time since 2011.