The momentum all seemed to be on Landon School’s side.
After tying Saturday’s boys lacrosse rivalry game with 12 seconds left in regulation and winning overtime’s opening faceoff, it was Landon’s game to win. But a well-timed Georgetown Preparatory School stick check at the top of the box forced the ball to the ground. Little Hoyas defenseman Matt Billings then scooped the ground ball, took it the length of the field and passed to Colin Giblin, who quickly dished it to Townsend Brown for the game-winning goal with just more than two minutes remaining at Landon.
“This is probably the best win of the season, definitely, and probably my career, too,” Brown, a junior, said. “I’ve never scored a goal like that and all the credit goes to my teammates. I finished it. They made the play.”
The Little Hoyas (13-4, 2-0 IAC) lost both games to Landon last year, but won 8-7 Saturday afternoon. Previously, their last win against the Bears was in the 2011 Interstate Athletic Conference championship, 7-6, in overtime. Prep is the only team left without an IAC loss.
After taking a 3-1 lead in the first quarter, the Little Hoyas’ offense stalled. They went on a 22 minute, 22 second scoreless period, which allowed Landon (7-6, 1-1) to take a 5-3 lead.
The final two minutes of the third quarter may have been the most important of the game.
Jack Olson ended the scoreless streak with 1:38 left in the quarter, receiving a behind-the-net pass from Tanner Holifield and using a quick stick to score.
Landon won the ensuing faceoff, but turned the ball over with about 12 seconds remaining. Brendan Collins got the ball and made a pass down the left sideline to Brown. Brown streaked to the goal and scored just before the horn sounded to end the quarter, tying the game at five with officially one second remaining on the clock.
“We were fired up in the beginning, ready to come out, and then we settled down way too much. We got too comfortable,” Giblin said. “That was the biggest goal of the game. Besides overtime, that was the biggest goal of the game. At that point, I had just dropped one on the crease. We were down by two, they had all the momentum. It was a great finish by Townsend and a great feed from Collins.”
Sean O’Brien scored for Landon just before the nine minute mark in the fourth quarter. Collins responded just more than a minute later for the Little Hoyas.
With 1:54 remaining, Georgetown Prep called a timeout. Less than a minute later, they nearly turned the ball over, but Giblin picked up the ground ball to maintain possession.
Collins scored the go-ahead goal with 59 seconds remaining, turning and shooting immediately after catching a pass from Charlie Horning.
Landon won the ensuing faceoff and Rob Dunigan scored an improbable goal with 12 second left. After dodging his defender, he took a shot from the left of the net at a sharp angle and it slipped over Will Railey’s stick and just under the crossbar.
“It was a typical Prep game. Either team could have won it. Both teams had opportunities to win it and I’m disappointed we couldn’t find a way to get a goal late there in overtime,” Landon coach Robinson Bordley said. “Give them credit. When they had fast breaks, they converted.”
Landon didn’t take any chances in overtime. It possessed the ball, passing around the horn for the first 2:17 before calling a timeout. The Bears turned the ball over with 2:11 remaining and Prep scored moments later.
“There was never a doubt in my mind we were going to get that stop,” said Railey, who made nine saves for Prep. “Our defense, we’ve been through a lot this season, but we’re strong. I knew we were going to get the ground ball and push it in transition. It was a great ground ball by Matty Billings.
“It was a great team effort all around. There’s not much I can say. It was a great game. I’m on top of the world right now.”
Georgetown Prep 8, Landon 7 OT
Georgetown Prep 3 0 2 2 1 — 8
Landon 1 1 3 2 0 — 7
Georgetown Prep (13-4, 2-0): Goals — Brendan Collins 3, Townsend Brown 2, Jack Olson 2, Charlie Horning. Assists — Colin Giblin 2, Charlie Horning 2, Brendan Collins, Jack Olson, Tanner Holifield.
Landon (7-6, 1-1): Goals — Rob Dunigan 2, Sean O’Brien 2, Colton Rupp, Austin Petty, Jack Falk. Assists — Sean O’Brien, Sam Lynch 2, Colton Rupp, Peter Laco.