Steve Travieso of Friends made his first goal of the season a big one.
Travieso took a pass from Max Everett and scored with 1:38 left in the second overtime, helping No. 15 Friends to a 7-6 victory over host Archbishop Spalding in the Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong Conference B Division lacrosse opener for both teams yesterday.
Everett set up the winning score, hitting Travieso with a pass as he cut toward the goal. Travieso then fired a 10-yard bounce shot past goalie Steve Windsor (nine saves).
"I got a nice pass from Max," Travieso said. "I thought I was going to be hit right away. I waited until the goalie was out to play me a little bit."
Travieso's goal capped a game that swung back and forth. Friends (1-0 overall, 1-0 in division), the BB Conference champion last year, led in the first half and late in the game. Spalding (2-2, 0-1) scored twice in the final 3:27 and forced overtime.
Chris Calabrese and Anthony Mattera scored three goals apiece for Spalding. After Spencer Deering scored three goals in 3:17 to give Friends a 6-4 lead in the fourth quarter, Calabrese and Mattera scored 43 seconds apart to tie it.
The Cavaliers wanted to keep Deering quiet, and for the first three quarters they did. The senior attackman, who had 30 goals and 33 assists last year, did not get his first shot until 4:06 remained in the third quarter because of the defense of Tim Alber and Jamie Fiegle.
Deering changed in the fourth quarter. With the Quakers behind 4-3 after three quarters, Deering moved toward the edge of the box and drew a defender with him, setting up more one-on-one moves.
His first goal was an amazing effort. He took on five Spalding players and beat Windsor from 15 yards. Next he took a pass from Dave Elliott (one goal, one assist) and scored from 15 yards for a 5-4 lead with 5:36 left.
Forty-five seconds later, he stretched the lead to two after a feed from Andy Devlin (one goal, one assist). Deering then nearly won the game with about 90 seconds left in the first overtime, but his shot hit the pipe.
"He did a great job, showing a lot of patience," Friends coach Jon Garman said. "It's hard being shut off like that."
Deering said: "It was frustrating, but we have such good team unity. We still have quality players."
Goalie Mike Fine (12 saves) turned in a quality game. The sophomore made several big saves, including two in the final 90 seconds of regulation and three in the first minute of the second overtime.
"I thought he was the key to the game," Garman said. "I thought he kept us in it in overtime."
Spalding kept Fine busy. The Cavaliers outshot Friends 27-19, and they often kept the pressure on the Quakers.