Boys lacrosse (5-1) picked up its first loss of the season after losing to Colorado Academy (6-0) 7-5 in a game that came down to the final minutes.
“We knew it was going to be a great test, and we jumped on them kind of early and were able to hold on,” Colorado Academy head coach Randy Colley said.
The Falcons obtained the game’s first possession from the faceoff and controlled the ball for the first three minutes of the first quarter. When Colorado Academy took its first possession of the game, the Mustangs were called for a slash penalty and the Falcons were able take advantage of the possession when attackman Henry Hollen (11) scored the game’s first goal.
Colorado Academy’s faceoff wings seized possession from the faceoff and opened several goal-scoring opportunities in the first half.
“From the start, we didn’t play that great and after we lost the ball we just couldn’t stop them,” attackman Marc Lefferdink (10) said. “We tried to do too much.”
TPHS lost ground balls, could not find the back of the net and was unable to force turnovers on the defensive end. Colorado Academy was able to jump ahead of the Falcons by four goals by the end of the first half.
“We usually play really well from behind, and it’s nothing to us,” long-pole defenseman Peter Hollen (12) said. “We’re going to come back. We just couldn’t do it this time because they had a better mental game.”
The second half opened with an immediate TPHS possession that ended quickly. The Falcons were unable to establish their offense throughout the third quarter and Colorado Academy attackmen widened the lead to 6-1 by wrapping around the crease and putting the ball past goalkeeper Bryce Cady (12) with 1:24 left in the quarter. Falcons’ Hollen was able to close out the quarter with a TPHS goal and 25 seconds left.
“We got some momentum in the third quarter and unfortunately, it was just too little too late,” TPHS head coach Jono Zissi said. “It’s really difficult to play when you’re down by four goals.”
TPHS mounted a late comeback by scoring three goals in the first half of the fourth quarter, and the Falcons were determined to tie the game up in the concluding minutes. However, TPHS turned the ball over to the Mustangs on the following faceoff, and were then unable to get any looks on goal in the final minutes of the game. Colorado Academy solidified its lead 7-5 with 1:33 left to play.
“Sometimes you’re playing hard and you make a comeback and you deserve it, but I just don’t think we deserved it tonight,” Zissi said. “We took a couple punches tonight and hopefully we can get back up and come out stronger and know that we have to show up if we want to win.”
The Falcons will play JSerra Catholic High School (6-0) at Orange County Powerhouse on Mar. 28 at 7 p.m.