The screaming South Carroll boys lacrosse players held their sticks over their helmets and sprinted off the field before meeting for a jubilant post-game celebration.
At long last, the Cavaliers had completed their comeback.
Junior attack Kyle Worsley scored off an assist from junior midfielder Jake Mackenzie, leading South Carroll to a 11-10 triple overtime victory over Winters Mill on Tuesday night.
The game-winning goal came on the opening face-off of the third overtime. Senior midfielder Naveen Pattasseril won the face-off, Mackenzie scooped up the ground ball and flipped it to Worsley sprinting toward the net.
Worsley deposited a line drive past Winters Mill goalie Zack Peters (12 saves), who turned in a valiant performance but could not do anything about Worsley's game-clinching goal for the Cavs (4-3, 2-0 county).
Peters said he knew where Worsley was going, but there was no chance he could get in position to deflect the shot.
And so the game ended, more than two hours after it began, just after 9 p.m. When the county showdown started, the sun was out. By conclusion, the stadium lights were necessary, with blustery conditions chilling the spectators sitting on aluminum bleachers.
"I never thought that game was going to end," Worsley said. "I thought we would be playing until school the next morning."
He was joking, of course. But despite sudden-victory overtime rules, where the first goal wins, neither team could push through.
Nearly every skilled attack player on both sides had a shot to end it. There were bouncing shots that weren't hard enough and lasers that went wide.
Winters Mill (1-5, 0-2) even managed to overcome a man-down situation in overtime. Meanwhile, South Carroll freshman goalie Evan Hock had 14 saves, including four in overtime.
"He came up huge for us," South Carroll midfielder Kyle Dizon said.
Winters Mill was in control for much of the game but could come up with just one high-quality overtime opportunity. Senior Spencer Eysaman's shot from point-blank range was saved by Hock in the second overtime, allowing play to continue.
Eysaman had better luck in regulation. His second goal of the night gave the Falcons a 9-5 lead with 5 minutes to go in the third quarter.
A frantic Cavaliers fourth-quarter rally followed. Goals by Jimmy Wagner, Sam Crossman, Kyle Dizon, and Worley tied the game at 9-9.
Winters Mill's Brendan Markovic (four goals, three assists) scored with 5 minutes left. His shot found the top corner of the net and gave the Falcons a 10-9 lead. Dizon tied the game four minutes later, setting up overtime and giving his teammates the opportunity to pull off the victory.
"That's what I'm talking about," Dizon said after the game to Mackenzie, his midfield teammate who earned the game-winning assist.
South Carroll coaches have nicknamed Mackenzie "The Vacuum" because of his penchant for gobbling up ground balls. It was his scoop and his pass that proved to be the difference.
"He did all the work," Worsley said.
Not quite. Worsley still needed to deposit the ball in the net, something many players on both teams had attempted in overtime and failed to do.
Peters, gracious in defeat, said he knew trouble was developing with Worsley sprinting right at him. He's played against many of the South Carroll players since he was 5 years old and said both teams respect each other.
"Nothing I could do," he said to supporters after the game about the game-winning shot.
The Cavaliers have won two straight and will face county power Westminster on Thursday.
Once the South Carroll celebration simmered down, Wagner spoke to his teammates about how they were able to overcome a sizable deficit and keep pushing.
"Good things happen when you don't give up," Wagner said.