The Bears had their best game yet on Saturday against Kent, even though they lost in overtime. The Lions came out strong in the first quarter scoring two goals: one on a fast break in the first couple of minutes and the other on a man up play. Still, the Bears showed composure by having some good opportunities in goal. Recovery issues and not being able to score on man up plays plagued the Bears early on.
The game stayed at 2-0 during the second quarter. First year attackman Jimmy Streett showed improvement, the team made better body checks, and the defense had better slides. Josh Ibanez showed continued improvement at defense as well.
Even though the Lions scored another goal in the third and kept the Bears scoreless, the Bears began to build some momentum that would carry over into the fourth. Hunter Reynolds played great defense, Barclay Gammill almost had a goal, and Andrew Koudijs also had a good look for an attempted goal.
The fourth quarter was the most exciting quarter up to this point of the season for the JV boys lacrosse team. While Kent scored another goal to make it 4-0 with about half of the quarter left, the Bears redefined themselves and proved their true potential by scoring four unanswered goals in the last six minutes to tie the game and take it into overtime! Midfielder Jay Bolton had a nice assist to attackman Jake Kaminetsky, Barclay had a beautiful drive to get another goal, and Hunter made a long pass to Barclay who made another one-on-one goal. Midfielder Matt Licata made his debut and Jake had some solid attempts on goal.
Throughout the game, Connor Shalleck did great at goaltending. In overtime, he continued to play well even though the Lions eventually scored on him to win the game. Andrew and Barclay made some nice shots on goals during overtime as well. The Bears played well as a team on Saturday, and hope to continue their consistent play against Williston on Wednesday.