ConVal wins in triple overtime, 11-10
Joseph scores with 9 seconds left to force extra time; McCole nets game-winner
So far this season, the ConVal boys lacrosse team has proven its ability to play well in close games.
In three contests decided by three goals or fewer, the Cougars had won each one prior to Friday’s rematch with Monadnock.
The Huskies handed ConVal a 10-goal loss in the season opener on April 9, but ConVal coach Pete Ketchum expected a much closer game. The Cougars had very little time outside prior to the first game of 2013 and were playing well as of late, entering the contest on a two-game win streak.
“We have to win those games against teams we feel we can compete with,” said Ketchum.
And with some heroics on Friday, ConVal made it three straight wins. Sophomore Patrick Joseph scored with nine seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime tied at 10.
Then after two scoreless four-minute overtime periods, junior Riordan McCole gave the Cougars the 11-10 victory with two minutes left in the third extra session.
“If you weren’t there you missed the best show in town,” said Ketchum. “I’ve been coaching here for a long time and it ranks right up in my top three of wins.”
It was McCole’s fifth goal of the game and second straight time leading the Cougars in scoring. He also added a pair of assists, as ConVal reached double digits for the second game in a row.
“It’s just our signature. We’re in those tight games and we find a way to win,” said Ketchum. “The boys just never gave up.”
Joseph, who scored the equalizer off a pass from junior Isaiah Taylor, finished with three goals and an assist. Taylor’s helper that sent the game into overtime was one of four on the afternoon to go along with a pair of goals. Nick Phillips also scored for the third straight game.
“I couldn’t be any more proud of the guys,” said Ketchum. “This was just a huge win.”
Junior Sean Stinehour finished with 16 saves and his check on a Monadnock player in the second overtime may have just preserved the victory.
“Sean just made the correct move,” said Ketchum. “In all likelihood, if Sean stays in the goal the ball is in the net.”
ConVal stands at 4-3 overall entering tonight’s match-up with Derryfield.