The Junior Jay Varsity beat the Elkhorn South Storm 10-7 at Leahy Stadium on Wednesday April 17th. It was a very spirited game that went back and forth. A little payback from the Clash at the Cook on Senior Night?!? The answer is Yes!
While the Storm scored first, Prep finished the first quarter with a 3-1 lead. Max King put Prep on the board with a great feed from Ethan Yale to even the score a few minutes after the Storm grabbed the lead. Mark Mausbach added a pair of goals to allow Prep to take a two-goal lead at the break.
The Storm proved that they will not go gentle into the night by scoring two quick goals in the second quarter to tie the game at 3-3 with 9:47 left in the second. Mac Nelson added a goal to break the tie with a very nice shot. Again, the Storm rallied with close range goal to tie the game at 4-4 with 29 seconds left in the first half.
As this was Senior Night, half time was about the players and their parents. We honored 10 seniors for their service to the program over the years. Almost all the seniors played all fours years while at Prep. While listening to their accomplishments and other achievements, I was proud to hear that all the seniors were men for others. Each senior was more than a lacrosse player while attending Creighton Prep, they were part of the community. For that, I am grateful that other organizations found out how special each of the seniors can be.
Again, Elkhorn scored first to open the third quarter and again Prep responded by ripping off three goals to finish the third quarter 7-5. Seniors David Spitzenberger and Mark Mausbach added a goal within a minute of each other. Max King grabbed his second goal of the game on a nifty feed from Mausbach.
Fourth quarter had a large amount of physical play and tension. David Spitzenberger and Trent Hollis added goals to push our lead to 9-5 early in the quarter. This was Trent’s first NELAX goal in a Prep uniform and came at an ideal time! During the next five minutes Prep (Mausbach) and Elkhorn traded goals to place us at 10-7 with a 4:24 left. That is when the entire defense stepped up. They played patient, team defense for an extremely long EHS possession. “For several minutes, the Storm, were able to keep possession of the ball and place a high amount of pressure on the defense. The Jays really took the defensive drills we practiced on Tuesday and put them into the game on Wednesday” remarked Coach Grosskurth. Coach Stoll added “I do not think Elkhorn had a shot on cage that entire possession”. Feet were moving, and bodies were “escorting” the Storm players to the ground. Great stuff gentlemen.
Special mention for the attackmen. The starting attackmen received game balls for their defensive ability as well. All game Mark, Ethan, and Max made the Storm work hard on their clears. One play comes to mind where they were able to triple team a Storm midfielder to get the ball back for an offensive possession which resulted in a goal. Why play defense in front of our goal, when we can play defense in front of theirs?
The Junior Jay scorers were led by Mark Mausbach (4 goals and 1 assist), David Spitzenberger (2 goals and 2 assists), Max King (2 goals and 1 assist), Mac Nelson (1 goal), Trent Hollis (1 goal), and Ethan Yale (1 assist). The Junior Jay Defense was led by Nolan Gosch ( 6 ground balls), Mac Nelson (5 ground balls), Chase Wagner (3 ground balls), Andrew Forbes (2 ground balls). Adding a single ground ball apiece were Tommy Barrett, Nathan Hauser, and Mike Spitzenberger.
Some Special calls outs from the game: David Spitzenberger for winning 80% of his face offs, Tommy Barrett for his hard nose defense against one of the most dynamic, rising stars in the NELAX league, Jack Abt for his 15 saves (HUGE) and Andrew Forbes for each of his two ground balls in which he was fouled (aggressively) and put us on the Man-up. The second one looked sort of painful too.
Next up for the Junior Jays is Burke Bulldogs at 1:00pm in Leahy Stadium. The JV White team is playing at 3:00pm after the varsity.