Seton Hall Prep tied the game with 12 seconds remaining in regulation thanks to a goal from Pino Bio, but Spencer Evans ended the game 1:22 into overtime to lift St. Ignatius (Calif.) over Seton Hall Prep, 6-5, in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
In a game in which his team played one of the premiere lacrosse programs on the West Coast, Seton Hall Prep coach Dave Giarrusso was proud of the way his kids fought against a school he knew all too well.
Seton Hall Prep jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to goals from Ryan Giordano and Dan Ferguson. But St. Ignatius countered with two goals from Matt Emery and one from Joe Lang and led 3-2 at halftime.
Jayson Bevacqua scored in the third quarter for Seton Hall Prep to tie the game at 3-3. St. Ignatius received goals from David Fleming and Chad Bell to go up 5-3 in the fourth quarter, and Seton Hall’s Brendan Barrett scored on an extra man opportunity to cut it to 5-4 with 1:52 remaining.
Ryan Leigh won the ensuing draw and Seton Hall Prep kept possession. With 12 seconds remaining, Bio let a shot fly from 15 yards out and found the back of the net to send the game into overtime. To start overtime, Peter Marchetto won his team’s 12th of 14 draws and Seton Hall Prep had the ball on offense. But St. Ignatius goalie Cyrus Scott intercepted a pass and St. Ignatius went on offense. Evans sank the goal 20 seconds later to lift St. Ignatius.
St. Ignatius coach Chris Packard, who was an assistant at St. Ignatius along with Giarrusso, was thankful to his friend for the opportunity to come cross-country.
“Dave has been referred to as ‘The Godfather of Lacrosse’ in California and that is exactly how I feel about him,” Packard said. “I could not be prouder of him for what he’s done in order for us to advance as a program with the seeds he planted 20 years ago in California. It’s tough to have to compete with someone like that because he is such a good man. I think his players emulate what we thought they would and they play as hard as they can for him.”