Upper Cape Tech opened the scoring Saturday, May 17, with three goals by Alex Peterson, but Bourne came back in the second half with a flurry of goals by Jake Girard to tie the score and take a two-goal lead with 3:53 left to play. The Rams scored twice in the final two minutes to tie the score, sending the contest into overtime, where a UCT tally in the final minute gave the Rams a 10-9 victory.
The opening half was highlighted by excellent goaltending at both ends of the field. Robert Fluke (12 saves) for the Rams and Sam Lyons (16 saves) for the Canalmen kept the scoring low as they were tested right out of the gate. Peterson scored the lone goal of the opening quarter with 3:29 left when he bounced a shot past Lyons from the right side. Peterson added two more goals in the second quarter, with the second finding its way through traffic in front for the BHS net. Nick Pavilonis put Bourne on the scoreboard 3:32 before halftime with a hard shot from in front of the UCT net.
A crossing move by Dylan Derby, moving from left to right, 2:35 into the third quarter, put the Rams up 4-1. The goal was the 100th high school career goal for the UCT junior. Girard then hit twice for the Canalmen within the span of 49 seconds, the first time coming from behind and spinning a shot into the net and the second time slamming a hard shot into the net from out in front.
Derby gave UCT some breathing room with a man-up goal, assisted by Peterson, and then Jake Rogers gave the Rams a 6-3 lead in the final minute of the third quarter, charging in on the BHS net and drilling a shot past Lyons.
Girard owned the final 12-minute quarter as he scored in the opening minute and then went low to beat Fluke to cut the score to one. Girard then tied the score at 6-6 with 8:04 to play, once again with a low shot from up close.
He then gave Bourne a 7-6 lead a minute later with a blast from just outside the crease.
“Once he found his niche, he scored four times in a matter of minutes,” Bourne coach Tim Crowley said of Girard. “And I thought Sam made some awesome saves out there.”
Derby bounced one in to tie the score at 7-all, but Girard scored his fifth of the afternoon with 3:56 left to put Bourne up 8-7. Pavilonis then won the face-off for the Canalmen and Girard got the ball to Tom Glinski, who hit a leaping shot to give BHS a 9-7 advantage.
Rogers then fought this way inside twice within the final minute, scoring twice in man-up situations to tie the score.
As they had done to open the game, both goalies turned back some hard shots in the four-minute overtime. Fluke denied bids by Girard and Glinski, while Lyons stopped the Rams cold at the other end of the field. With 59 seconds left in OT Peterson fired a quick pass from the lower right side of the Bourne net out front to Derby, who was cutting inside. Derby snapped off a quick shot that found the back of the net, landing the Rams the win and clinching the two-game season series against Bourne.
Girard led all scorers with six goals. Glinski, Pavilonis and Ben Avakian also scored for the Canalmen. Derby ended the day with four goals. Peterson and Rogers each added three.
For the Canalmen (5-12), the game was their season finale.
“Everyone had a great year for us,” coach Crowley said. “We didn’t have a lead scorer. We had a well-rounded group of guys, a team full of lacrosse players. I’m very proud of all my guys. They came to play every single day.
They worked to improve themselves. I’m already looking forward to next year.”