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Juan Diego Completes Comeback, Edges Mountain View in OT

Juan Diego Boys LacrosseThe Juan Diego Soaring Eagle overcame a six goal deficit twice, stealing an overtime victory over the Mountain View Mavericks (ID) on Thursday night at Eagle High School in Eagle, Idaho.
Juan Diego couldn’t buy a goal in the first quarter while allowing a very potent Mountain View team to get goal after goal. Westminster commit Troy Vance began the scoring on the Mavericks first possession. Nich Guzzetti scored back-to-back for Mountain View and Vance followed with another goal with 10 seconds left in the first quarter, giving the Mavericks a 4-0 lead after the first quarter. Mountain View added another early in the second quarter when Josh Buss scored on a 2 man-up opportunity. Juan Diego pulled one back at the 7:48 mark when Alec Meyer found Tristan Courtney who was able to finally put Juan Diego on the board. Mountain View would add two more goals before the half, giving them a 7-1 advantage.
The second half started off well for Juan Diego when they scored two goals early, pulling the game to within 4 goals. Mountain View then scored two of their own at the 4:14 and 3:12 marks. Jack Maddox scored for Juan Diego at the 2:11 mark but was matched by Vance who scored with 19 seconds left in the quarter. Not to be outdone, Meyer scored as time expired, making the score 10-5 for Mountain View. The goal was a huge confidence boost for the Soaring Eagle who were starting to steal all the momentum Mountain View had acquired in the first half.
Meyer added another goal at the 9:58 mark when the Soaring Eagle ran a textbook fast-break play. Juan Diego Defender Ryan Baker scored an incredible goal when he got the ball on the wing off the face-off and took it the distance, weaving and dodging through defenders and slotting it home, making the score 10-7 for Mountain View. The Juan Diego defense continued to stifle Mountain View who were taking good shots, but missing the cage or getting saved by goalie Brendan Roberts. Tyler Stevenson and Courtney added goals for Juan Diego to make the game 10-9 for Mountain View with 7:21 left in the game. Austin Roberts tied the game for Juan Diego at the 5:56 mark, sending the Juan Diego bench into hysterics.
As time was winding down, Mountain View possessed the ball with a minute left but an errant pass went out of bounds, giving Juan Diego the chance to win the game. The Juan Diego attack passed the ball around but also threw an errant pass with 26 seconds left. Mountain View could feel the drama build and an individual effort was thwarted by the Juan Diego defensive unit. Roberts scooped up the ball and threw it the length of the field as time expired.
In overtime, both teams had opportunities to score. Big saves by Mountain View Goalie Nikolas Hjorth kept Juan Diego from winning and missed shots from the Mountain View attack kept them from winning. In the end, Mountain View was called for a slash with 24 seconds left. Juan Diego passed the ball around, looking to hold the ball as time ran out which would give them the ball to start the second overtime, but Courtney had other plans as he caught the ball, saw a screen between him and the goalie and ripped a shot into the back of the net for the Juan Diego win.
“I didn’t have time to look at the clock and I saw I was shielded by the two defenders running at me so I decided to shoot it,” said Courtney. “It was an amazing game. My team played really hard and it payed off.”
The first and second halves were night and day for Juan Diego.
“We just said, ‘Hey, let’s go out in the second half and play JD lacrosse’,” said Juan Diego Head Coach John Holmes. “We just hustled, picked up ground balls, moved the ball on offense and played good defense and that was the difference.”
Maddox led the Soaring Eagle in points with 4 assists and a goal. Meyer and Austin Roberts had 2 goals and 1 assist.
Juan Diego will play Granada (CA) at 4pm on Friday in Boise.

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  1. First, i want to thank Tim for making the trip up to Idaho to provide all of the Utah teams with much deserved exposure.
    One minor correction…Jack Maddox had a fourth assist in OT to Tristan Courtney.
    Thanks
    BCrowe

    1. My pleasure. Just corrected the story. I took a picture of the book right after the game ended so it wasn’t in the general stats but I should have counted it from the top of the book.

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