WHITEMARSH >> How crazy was Tuesday night’s 8-7 double-overtime win by the Souderton boys lacrosse team over Plymouth Whitemarsh?
The losers led by four goals late in the third period, the winners didn’t come alive until the fourth quarter and the guy who scored the game-winning goal didn’t even see it go in.
The hosts, Plymouth Whitemarsh, were in dire straits, needing a win to improve their District One playoff standing, and played like it early on, ignoring an early 2-0 deficit to take a 6-2 lead late into the third quarter.
But Souderton decided not to roll over.
And starting with a goal late in the third period, the Indians came storming back.
Stephen Blue and Adam Booz drew the Indians within a goal at the 7:40 mark of the fourth quarter.
Walker Martin tied it just 11 seconds later, and the visitors had come all the way back.
“Early on, we weren’t playing our best,” Breneman said. “Defensively, we were as strong as usual, but offensively we just weren’t aggressive enough.
“We got together and decided we were going to play as hard as we could to come back, and I give all the credit to our defense.”
PW took one last lead, when Brendan Sullivan scored with 4:39 left in the fourth quarter, but Blue answered for the Indians and the contest slipped into overtime.
Throughout the first overtime, both sides created chances, but neither could convert.
With momentum bouncing back and forth like a drunken ping pong ball, both sides created chances, only to be stymied by the play of the respective goaltenders.
PW came the closest to snapping the tie, but Souderton’s Axell Beskar stood tall, and the Indians were able to get back on attack.
Their chances finally came to fruition late in the overtime two when Breneman scored on a shot he swears he didn’t even know went in until he saw the reaction of his teammates.
“Honestly, I didn’t see it go into the net,” Breneman confessed, “but I’m glad it did.
“Now, it’s time for Horsham.”
“Souderton just attacked like crazy,” Plymouth Whitemarsh head coach Bryan Gregg said of the Indians comeback. “We needed to be ready for that.
“Souderton saw the importance of the situation and they lifted their game. And we didn’t.
With their season essentially over, save a season-closing clash with Springfield later this week, PW will lick its wounds and try and finish on an up note.
“This season has been a lesson in how to deal with adversity,” Gregg said. “And hey, life is tough sometimes.”