Seneca Valley Boys LAX Wins Playoff Thriller in Final Seconds
Wednesday night’s first round boys playoff game between Seneca Valley and Watkins Mill featured bone shaking thunder and shocking lightning bolts, some of which were due to the Spring storms, but the bigger claps happened on the field.
The final quarter of the tight game, which earlier had been interrupted by the thunderstorms bowling through Germantown area on Wednesday night, saw the Screaming Eagles give up a three goal lead, only to have Seneca Valley’s attacker Scott Cunningham win the game 7-6 with only :10 seconds remaining.
Last season, it was Watkins Mill that sent Seneca Valley home after a tight 9-8 loss in the playoffs. During the regular season, 5-7, Seneca Valley and 4-8, Watkins Mill met the game was close, with Seneca Valley winning 10-7 back on April 18.
Seneca Valley got on the board first, scoring two goals in the first quarter. The first came from the stick of senior midfielder Alec Delgadillo two minutes and 50 seconds into the game.
Watkins Mill’s Jose Aguirre Mori would tie the game with 4:05 left in the quarter, but Seneca would retake the lead as senior Henry Quaye found the back of the netting in the waning seconds of the first quarter. The Eagles would extend the lead with 2:35 left in the half on senior Adrian Saravia’s first of three goals.
As the half ended both the Wolverines and the weather turned more threatening. Watkins Mill peppered Seneca Valley goalkeeper Hunter Bolen with 12 shots in the first half, and would finish the game with 22 saves. He would let up a second goal from Priye Roberts with :40 seconds left in the half, and Seneca Valley took 3-2 lead into halftime, as the rain turned heavy and lightning began to flash across the Germantown sky.
The inclement weather would extend half-time to more than an hour. Play would resume roughly 90 minutes later, and two minutes and 29 seconds into the third quarter, Seneca’s Henry Quaye would strike again, netting his second of the game to extend the lead to 4-2.
Seneca Valley would hold Watkins Mill scoreless in the third quarter, with Bolen stopping four shots in the 12 minute span as the teams came out of the half.
In the fourth quarter the lightning would move out of the area, but the electricity on the lacrosse field would increase. Early in the fourth, Adrian Saravia would net his second goal to give the Eagles and 5-2 lead with 10:55 remaining.
But, twenty seconds later the Wolverines would score begin cutting into the lead with a goal from Ross Campbell. Watkins Mill would score two more unanswered goals in to tie the game. The first came from the basket of Shawn Simpson at with 8:22 seconds remaining and the game would be tied when Priye Roberts would score his second goal to deadlock the game at five with 7:45 left.