The Ravenscroft boys lacrosse team scored two goals right before halftime over Providence Day which didn’t seem like a big deal at the time.
The Ravens were holding a commanding 5-1 lead, and the two extra goals with less than two minutes remaining before halftime didn’t appear they would play a big factor in the final outcome. Ravenscroft controlled the game from the start, and looked like it was well on its way to an easy victory.
Those two goals would turn out to be much needed insurance later as the Ravens held off a rally from the Chargers (4-6), winning 10-7 in the battle of lacrosse rivals.
“Definitely we would like to close out the game better,” Ravenscroft senior co-captain John Bailey said. “We had a good lead and it came down to a few goals.”
Bailey added that finishing games is a big priority for the Ravens, but there is no debating they came out the gates about as well as a team could start. Ravenscroft (6-1) jumped out to a 4-0 first quarter lead, getting its first netter from McCabe Watson on an assist from Drew Davis at the 7:06 mark. Two minutes later Robert Cooley scored on an unassisted goal.
At the four minute mark, Jack Newall made the extra pass to Spencer Beller, who took care of the rest, and the Ravens were in full control, ahead 3-0. McLean Voelkel found a cutting Davis for the last goal of the opening stanza.
“All year coach wanted us to start off strong early,” Voelkel said. “The last few games we’ve really been focusing on that.”
Early in the second, Watson found Newall for his second goal, putting Ravenscroft ahead 5-0. The Chargers got on the board at the 5:40 mark when Nathan Dickerson found the back of the net. A four minute scoring drought went by and it appeared the Ravens would head to intermission nursing a four-point lead. Instead, they went on the attack. Voelkel found Cutter for a goal at the 1:10 mark and right before the final horn, Troy Jones found Cutter for another goal, making the score 7-1 at the half.
As it turns out, those final two goals of the half would be bigger than they appeared in the long run.
“The last five minutes of the (first) half and the first five minutes of the (second) half, that’s when the momentum changes,” Bailey said. “Those three goals right there were huge.”
Even though it didn’t appear so on the scoreboard, Cutter knew his final two goals of the opening half were crucial.
“It’s always good to have momentum,” Cutter said. “It motivates your team to come out strong in the second half.”
The Ravens would start strong – a goal each from Watson and Voelkel early in the third made it 9-2 – but Providence made things interesting.
Ravenscroft’s final goal, from Newall to Cutter, came early in the fourth before Providence exploded for five goals in the final three minutes. The Chargers took advantage of having an extra man the final two minutes, but the biggest play came with less than one minute remaining as Ravens’ junior Will Reddin won the final face-off, allowing the home team to run out the clock.
Seeing Reddin come up with the ball after Providence dominated the faceoffs all game (14-6), was a beautiful site to Bailey.
“We were already a little stressed and worried because they got a few goals on us,” Bailey said. “To be able to sit back, relax and watch our boys run out that clock was very nice.”
It was also very nice for the Ravens to get the home win over one of the Charlotte schools, which has been a big rivalry for a long time.
“We wanted it real bad,” Cutter said. “It’s nice to get them on our home field. We wanted to take advantage of today.”