By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/7/15
Eamon Campbell scored with 2:28 left in overtime off a Mike Laviano feed to give host St. Anthony’s a 9-8 overtime victory over Chaminade Thursday to leave both CHSAA teams even in the regular season.
The Friars (11-3) and Flyers (12-3) each finished 5-1 in Conference play and will meet for the Class AA championship on May 20. Chaminade, ranked 15th in the Epoch Lacrosse North America Rankings, won the first match, 11-10, on April 15.
“This was a crazy game again,” said Campbell. “We got a couple of unfortunate calls but we got through, we played hard and got the win.
“This is just a typical game against Chaminade. It’s like you know it is going to go into overtime. Mikey had a great play and to be honest without the pass there is no shot. We are so excited. We came out and we won.”
St. Anthony’s seemed to have the game won in regulation when Christopher Buscemi scored his second goal with 1:58 to make it 8-5.
But at the 1:11 mark Logan Dananza got a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct and was placed in the box for a minute non releasable. While in a man up Chaminade scored twice and then won the faceoff and with 2.1 seconds remaining Brendan Kearns (three goals, one assist) sent it into OT.
Jared Nugent tallied two goals and one assist and Christopher Buscemi tallied two goals for St. Anthony’s.
“Another classic,” said St. Anthony’s head coach Keith Wieczorek. “Just when you think with a minute whatever to go you’re three goals up and then we get that penalty.
“Chaminade never quit. They are well coached and well disciplined. They fight until the end. I feel like we played better tonight. I thought we deserved that game. It would have been a devastating loss. So I’m happy for our kids because they deserved that win.”
Jack Tigh tallied three goals and two assists for Chaminade.
“I think St. Anthony’s forced us into a lot of eras,” said Flyers head coach Jack Moran. “We got a little spark at the very end. I was proud of our kids. They never gave up. We were down by three goals with a minute and half left and we came back. They are a great team. They were patient and hit a great shot. This was a typical Chaminade, St. Anthony’s game.”
St. Anthony’s 9, Chaminade 8, OT
S: Eamon Campbell 2G, 1A; Jared Nugent 2G, 1A; Christopher Buscemi 2G; Michael Laviano 1G, 2A; Joseph Licciardi 1G, 1A; Tyler Reynolds 1G
C: Jack Tigh 3G, 2A; Brendan Kearns 3G, 1A; Jack Brennan 1G, 1A; Brogan Mahon 1G, 1A; Brendon Luu 1A
Saves: Jack Zullo (C) 12; Billy Senicola (S) 5; Joseph McGuigan (S) 3