There are plenty of qualities a player needs to score a game-winning goal.
Tenacity, talent, skill and luck are all important. For Chris Gotschall and the No. 9 Glenelg boys lacrosse team, weariness was enough against Archbishop Spalding.
"We were all pretty exhausted, so we just wanted someone to finish it," Gotschall said.
The Gladiators finished off the Cavaliers in emphatic and thrilling fashion when Gotschall scored the game-winner 30 seconds into double overtime for a 9-8 victory. The game was part of the 12th annual High School Lacrosse Showdown at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field yesterday.
"I thought I could take him with a question mark, and I was able to get it between the goalie's legs," Gotschall said. "It's just exciting to get the win."
Gotschall had three goals and an assist, and Ryan Dougherty also scored three goals. Andrew Scally had three goals and an assist for Spalding, and Matt Burke scored three goals.
Glenelg (3-0) was ahead 6-4 going into the fourth quarter, but Spalding scored four straight goals. The Gladiators didn't give up. Gotschall scored his second goal with 2:44 left, and Curtis Adams converted with 22 seconds remaining to force overtime.
Spalding (4-2) had an opportunity to win the game in the first overtime when Burke found himself alone with the ball in front of the net and fired, but he was denied by Jon Selfridge (12 saves) with 50 seconds left, and the score remained tied at 8.
"Our kids could have easily folded to go down two goals with five minutes left, and they never stopped playing," Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker said. "They're a bunch of knuckleheads, but they're my knuckleheads. They jell really well, and they play as a team.
"If these guys play to their potential, good things happen, and they did that today."
In the later game, No. 7 Severna Park fell to DeMatha, 9-5.
Severna Park (4-1) got in a hole early, with DeMatha (5-3) leading 5-1 after the first quarter. Brendan Nilsen's goal with 3:16 left in the second quarter made the score 5-3, but the Falcons could get no closer.
Sean Price led Severna Park with three goals. Sam Jones added a goal and an assist.
Shane Ryznar scored two goals for the Stags, and Mike Rogers had two assists.