St. Anthony's Eamon Campbell nets another game-winner to beat Chaminade
For Eamon Campbell, this is getting to be a habit, one that he doesn't want to break any time soon.
For the second time this week, Campbell scored a game-winning goal, taking a feed from Mike Laviano and ripping one home with 27.9 seconds remaining to give host St. Anthony's a rollicking 8-7 victory over rival Chaminade Thursday night before a crowd of more than 1,500 fans at Cy Donnelly Field.
Campbell, a junior attack, scored with two minutes left in overtime on Monday to beat Fairfield Prep, 11-10.
"Eamon can finish. He's been a clutch guy all year. He's got that grit. He puts himself in good position," St. Anthony's coach Keith Wieczorek said after the Friars ended a four-game losing streak against the Flyers and improved to 11-3.
Chaminade, which won the first meeting, 8-7, in overtime on April 24, is 9-3. They will meet for the CHSAA Class AAA state championship on May 22 at Hofstra.
St. Anthony's gained possession with 53 seconds left and called time. Wieczorek didn't design the play for Campbell.
"The play was made for Laviano to get the shot," Campbell said. "But he was covered and I peeled off. I came off the pick and was open. He fed me the ball and I made a great play. It feels better than last time because it was Chaminade."
The Flyers led 5-2 early in the third quarter, thanks to three goals by Sean Cerrone, and the lead might have been much greater if not for the outstanding play of St. Anthony's goalie Jack Concannon, who made 14 saves. Many of them came in the first half when Chaminade dominated time of possession.
"It was a little rough in the first half. The ball was on our side a lot," Concannon said. "We came out slow, but then we picked it up. I knew it would be a tough game. I was seeing a lot of shots."
The Friars finally got their offense going late in the third quarter. Danny O'Brien and Laviano scored to cut the deficit to 5-4. Then off the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter, Conner Byrne tied it for the first time. Chaminade's Carney Mahon tied it at 6-all and 7-all, both on unassisted goals, setting the stage for Campbell to once again seize the moment.
"Eamon doesn't shrink from the pressure," Wieczorek said. "He wants the ball. He demands the ball."
It's a habit.