When goalie Todd Winebrunner scrambled to the lacrosse field five minutes before game time last night, he got applause from his Farmers & Merchants Bank teammates.
Winebrunner was a last-minute substitute in goal for the F & M team, which was taking on Monroe Construction in a Carroll County Summer Lacrosse League game at the Carroll County Sports Complex just north of Westminster.
Unfortunately for Winebrunner and his new teammates, Monroe came away with a 10-9 win after South Carroll grad Jamie Carver, now a standout at Washington College, scored unassisted in the opening minute of sudden-death overtime.
Winebrunner snuffed Carver's first shot in the extra period, but couldn't stop his second as Monroe improved to 2-1 while F & M suffered its first setback in three tries.
Neither team owned a lead of more than two goals throughout the contest and when F & M's Brent Whalen sent a rocket shot from 16 yards out with 2:35 left in the fourth quarter, overtime was imminent.
That set the stage for Carver, who opened the scoring early in the first and closed out the game by beating a defender on the left side and beating Winebrunner low for the winner.
"The same team [Monroe] beat us by five goals in the playoffs last year and this year we took them to overtime, so that shows we've improved," said F & M coach Ross Burbage. "They've got a good team with some older players and a little more experience."
Alex Arthur led the way for Monroe with three goals. Steve Bowlin and Carver added two more for the winners. F & M got three from Rob Webster and two from Liberty grad John Monar.
Monar gave F & M a 3-2 lead when he scored from in front in the last minute of the first quarter. Monroe answered early in the second quarter and took a 4-3 lead when Arthur scooped up a loose ball in front and beat Winebrunner.
Monroe had two-goal leads in the second, third and fourth quarters, only to see F & M climb back. Dahl Miller gave the eventual winners a 9-7 lead midway through the fourth with an unassisted tally, but Webster made it 9-8 with four minutes left and Whalen's goal sent the game into overtime.
Winebrunner did all he could in the cage for F & M, coming up with 10 saves. Following the game, one of his teammates said, "Nice job goalie, thank you." He shrugged and said, "No problem."
That's what the Carroll County Summer Lacrosse League -- in its 13th year of existence -- is all about. F & M's regular goalie, Scott Robinson, wasn't available because he became a father earlier in the day. Laid-back league rules allow any team to find any goalie when its regular one can't play.