MANCHESTER — Fourth-ranked Trinity of Manchester fought back from an early hole to force overtime, but lost to No. 5 ConVal of Peterborough 12-11 in NHIAA boys’ Divsion III quarterfinal lacrosse action at Rock Rimmon Field Thursday.
The Cougars (12-3) will move on to face top-ranked Derryfield School of Manchester (17-0) at 7 p.m. at Stellos Stadium in Nashua. Derryfield beat No. 9 Laconia 16-3.
Isaiah Taylor scored the game-winner 1:36 into overtime to give ConVal the edge.
“It’s not fair to any coach. It’s scary,” joked ConVal head coach Bob Taylor about overtime. “(Trinity) started the OT with a man up for a minute and we somehow managed to close them down on that. Thankfully (Isaiah) got it on his stick and finished.”
Trinity (12-3) had several good chances during that early man up, but ConVal goalie Sean Stinehour made three of his 11 saves in the first minute of overtime.
“On good shots, too. It wasn’t like little butterfly shots. They were ripping them at them,” Taylor said. “That kid right there in that situation is who you want in there because he always finds a way to stop those guys.”
ConVal led 5-0 after one period but Trinity climbed back into the game as it wore on. Jacob Elred scored twice for the Pioneers to open the second period to make it 5-2. ConVal answered on goals from Riordan McCole and J.T. Clough before Trinity’s Tyler Tambouris closed the scoring in the half to leave the score 7-3.
The Cougars scored twice to open the second half and push the lead to 9-3, but Trinity closed the period on a 4-0 run to make it 9-7.
Once again, ConVal opened strong in the fourth with a pair of goals. But Trinity scored another four unanswered— three of them by Tambouris— to force overtime. The last came with 2:27 remaining.
“These guys have been fighting all season long,” said Trinity head coach Mike Martinez. “They’ve come together as a team and it just shows their heart and character to come back from down five and even down four at one point in the fourth quarter.”
Tambouris finished with four goals and three assists. Elred had three goals and an assist. Will Towner (two assists), Tristan Theroux (goal), Matt Beals (two goals) and Dan McGrath (assist) chipped in for Trinity. Goalie Ben Beals made eight saves.
“This is my second go-round with Trinity lacrosse and we’ve definitely turned the corner here,” Martinez said. “We have guys committed to playing and committed to playing the right way. I’d really like to thank my seniors.”
For ConVal, McCole had four goals and an assist, Taylor scored three goals and two assists, Patrick Josef added two and two, Clough had two goals and Brian Zimardo (goal) and Clay Lyons (assist) chipped in.