St. Anthony's players were in agreement. Friday's CHSAA Class AAA final against Chaminade was the longest 10 minutes of lacrosse they'd ever played. And not just because the fourth quarter lasted almost 24 hours.
"I feel like we just played a full game," senior midfielder Tom Schreiber said after he helped set up the game-winner in the Friars' 9-8 overtime victory at St. John the Baptist in the continuation of Thursday's lightning-suspended title game.
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The match resumed, tied at 7, with 6:02 left in regulation.
"The longest game without a doubt," said senior attack Colin Clive, who scored the winner. "My mom tried to calm me down during the day. It didn't really work."
It would have taken an army of mothers to calm down the Friars after Schreiber found Clive in front of the cage with 20 seconds left in overtime, sealing St. Anthony's (18-1) second straight championship and its second victory in three tries this year against Chaminade (14-5).
Chaminade goalie John Connors (14 saves) and the Flyers' defense thwarted earlier scoring efforts, but when Clive released the ball there was little doubt. Said Clive: "I saw the defenders were sleeping a little. It was an amazing pass."
If the Flyers' back line was fooled, it was a first. Defense ruled both sides on both days. When Will Himler scored from Matt Kavanagh with 3:01 left, Chaminade's first lead since Thursday appeared safe.
But St. Anthony's Joe LoCascio tied it with 24 seconds left in regulation, ripping a shot from 15 yards. Unlike his senior teammates, LoCascio didn't have the luxury of a day off from school.
LoCascio's focus worked as he ripped it past the previously impenetrable Connors. Said LoCascio: "Every single person on that team can play big-time lacrosse. Every kid on that team could play for our team."
Charlie Raffa won the final three faceoffs for St. Anthony's. Schreiber, who finished with four goals and three assists, was named tournament MVP.
"This is the best feeling there is," Schreiber said. "We couldn't have ended it better."