When the Bishop Ludden and Jordan-Elbridge boys lacrosse teams squared off on a hot Saturday afternoon, it marked the third time in five days that each of them had played.
And while plenty of fatigue could be shown, the two sides also put on a terrific contest, not decided until the final seconds as the Gaelic Knights earned a 10-9 victory over the Eagles.
Despite a 2-6 record, J-E did not find itself overwhelmed by 5-2 Ludden, even in a first half where the Gaelic Knights fought its way to a 6-4 lead.
Doubling its output in the third period, the Eagles tied it, 8-8, forcing Ludden to find its own reserves of resolve in a tough fourth quarter. Ludden won that period, 2-1, and by doing so, also won the game.
Brad Kirch led the Gaelic Knights, scoring four times. Sean Connors had two goals and two assists, with Dave Pierce (two goals, one assist) and Sean Byrne (one goal, two assists) each landing three points. Colin Lynch had one goal and one assist. Each of Shawn Lynch's 11 saves proved important.
Jeff Guadagnolo led the J-E second-half rally, producing his own three-goal hat trick. Tyler Richardson scored twice, with Brian Murray, Cody Lewis, Abe Patrick and Zack Stevenson landing one goal apiece. Josh Livingston gained three assists as Dylan Johnson added one assist.
Before seeing each other, the Gaelic Knight and Eagles both stayed busy, with the results proving quite mixed.
Ludden had to face "Holy War" rival Christian Brothers Academy last Tuesday night and fell to the Brothers 14-8.
In an active first half, the Gaelic Knights proved productive, but CBA set a torrid pace and led, 10-6, at the break. When the wind kicked up in the second half, both teams struggled, and Ludden couldn't catch up.