Bay Lacrosse met Lick Wilmerding High School for the second time Friday, April 3, after losing their first head-to-head matchup 14-1. But Friday was a different story, with the Breakers forcing overtime before eventually falling 6-5.
Bay’s defense really stepped up Friday, allowing just six goals, eight fewer than in their first meeting with the Tigers. Much of that was due to the aggressive play of the defense, which blocked shots before the ball could even reach the goalie on numerous occasions.
Bay’s great defense opened the door for the offense to be successful, paving the way for the Breakers’ five goals. Sophomore Ryan Treais scored quickly after Lick opened with a goal three minutes in. He then answered another Tigers tally later in the first to tie the game 2-2. Senior captain John Ludeke added two goals of his own in the second and third quarters to put Bay up 4-2 early in the third. He almost rifled in a third goal, but it flew past the goalie only to hit the post and bounce off.
Lick did not give up in the face of the two-goal deficit, and the Tigers scored back-to-back in the third to tie the game 4-4 going into the final quarter.
Right when the fourth quarter started, Treais completed his hat trick with a goal to put Bay up 5-4.
It was a devastating loss for Bay, but Ludeke chose to look at the positives: “It’s always tough when you have 13 guys that can play, but we played hard and smart and managed to do better than we ever have against one of the more competitive teams in our league,” he said. “It’s a shame that we lost, but a short-handed overtime loss is a good sign for the future as much as it is a heartbreaking loss.”
– Brooks Carman ’15
Up Next: Bay plays at Marin Academy at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29.