Double OT for 3 Years in a row.
McAllister Hobbs (3G,1A) STX #ManOfTheMatch
On a cold and rainy Wednesday night at Postell Stadium, sophomore McAllister Hobbs scored on an inside feed from Tilt Fernandes in Double OT to give the Jesuit Rangers a massive 11-10 win over the Episcopal School of Dallas Eagles in a highly contested North District, West Division, Texas High School Lacrosse League match up.
The talented Jesuit sophomore Hobbs finished with a hat trick and one assist including the game tying goal with 8.1 seconds left in regulation. Also contributing heavily for the Rangers were junior Curran Rose with a hat trick of his own, and senior attackmen Cam Martin who added 2 goals as well.
Wednesday nights game was the 3rd year in a row that these two teams have gone into double overtime which is really quite a stat. Last year it was Sam Teachout who buried it for the Jesuit victory, and two years ago it was ESD’s Braden Rhone who delivered the game winner. This is one of the biggest rivalries in Texas Lacrosse and last night was another gripping chapter.
Hobbs ties it with 8.1 seconds.
For the Eagles senior attackman Drew Wasserman led the way with 3 goals, sophomore attackman Mac Rodvold registered two, and junior midfield Jake Griffin added 1 bucket as well. ESD received some pretty massive contributions from two seniors who usually don’t register multi goal games as FOGO Ross Chazanow and LSM Braden Montgomery made some huge plays. Their contributions really energized the Eagles and were both quite timely but ultimately it wasn’t enough to push them over the edge.
This game went back and forth throughout, tied at 2 at the end of the first. At the half Jesuit held a narrow 5-4 lead, and at the end of the 3rd ESD was up one.
To round out scoring for the Rangers senior attackman Tommy Hovivian added a goal, as did juniors Henry Suarez and Tilt Fernandes (with an 'S' not a 'Z').
For early March this game was pretty outstanding. It was cold, wet, and breezy yet the quality of play was top notch. Both teams battled from the opening whistle and if this is a sign of things to come during the playoffs we are in for a treat. Jesuit locked in another solid victory while also avenging last years exit from the THSLL playoffs at the hands of ESD. Jesuit has now knocked off two of the favorites to win this years Championship placing themselves right in the middle of the discussion for best team in the State.
Good Offense for the Eagles
For the Eagles this is their 2nd loss in as many games as they also dropped a tough matchup against the Westlake Chaps this past weekend. For ESD it doesn’t get any easier as they travel to Houston for 2 solid games against SPC opponents and then play Highland Park at ESD this coming Wednesday. The Eagles are in a good spot, they just need to continue to improve. Playing without the likes of Jack Loftus and Reed Landin on offense isn’t easy, but could make this team better when it comes to a playoff run. Last year ESD lost several regular season games only to put it all together when it counted most.
There is no doubt in 2020 that Jesuit is tough team to beat. They do a great job of possessing the ball, stringing countless passes together, and then capitalizing on the smallest of defensive breakdown. ESD enjoyed a three goal 4thquarter advantage but the Rangers never lost resolve slugging away with their methodical approach.
Hobbs with the Walk Off.
A narrative that will certainly enter the discussion at some point is the Rangers possession style of play, as many are trying to speed the game up. Jesuit enjoyed several lengthy possessions that failed to reach timer on status although several could have warranted it. A call that was not well received by the ESD folks was the quick “timer on” as the Eagles tried to ice the game with one minute and twenty seconds left on the clock. They were almost immediately hit with the “timer on”, which led to a subsequent turnover and an eventual Jesuit game tying goal. To the Rangers credit they have always tip toe that line quite well and ultimately it will be on the refs to figure out how they are going to call it. This is a story line that will continue to play its way out, and we’ll follow it all season long.
At the end of the day it was another excellent game, and we are glad we were there for it. #StickStarReport now in year 10 has seen many of these battles and this one lived up to expectations. We look forward to many more to come. Please Support the Report when you can by sharing our content, we greatly appreciate it.
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