CHESHIRE -- Coach John Duval could sense things were continuing to spiral out of control for the Hoosac Valley boys' lacrosse team. So he called a timeout and made a bold statement.
"We will win this game," Duval declared to his team with more than a minute to play in the third quarter. At the time, the Hurricanes were trailing Wahconah by one.
Chaise and Cody LaBrie made sure their coach was true to his word. Chaise, a sophomore, tied the game with just 3 seconds to play in regulation. Cody, a senior, took care of the rest as his shot trickled over the goal line with 1:45 to play in overtime, giving the Hurricanes a 9-8 season-opening victory over Wahconah on Friday.
"In the game of lacrosse, you can score two goals in 10 seconds, so you just know that you're never out of a game, no matter how much time is left," Duval said. "The ball was just in the right place at the right time."
The Hurricanes found themselves trailing by two with time running out in the game. Senior Jake Beckwith pumped a little energy into his team by taking a matching penalty with Wahconah's Adam Parker for roughing, leaving both teams short a man. Twenty seconds later, Stephin Wallace rifled a shot past Wahconah's Roger Stedman with a minute to play.
Fresh from the sideline, Beckwith created the tying goal. He stole the ball from a Warrior in his own end and quickly carried it into Wahconah territory. He passed it off to Chaise who found the back of the net from just inside the attack box.
"I didn't expect it to happen like that," Chaise said. "That was pretty exciting. We started working as a team and we started communicating a bit and that opened up shots."
The older LaBrie put an end to the game about midway through the first overtime period. He took a pass from Wallace and rifled a shot toward the goal.
Stedman got a piece of the shot, but the ball trickled through his arm and just inched across the goal line.
"To be honest, I don't really know, I think I kind of blacked out," Cody said. "I was just determined to win this game. I saw it coming, and I just wanted to win it."
The game started and finished well for the Hurricanes. Beckwith scored just 33 seconds into the contest. In the middle frames, the Hurricanes struggled.
Wahconah took advantage of Hoosac's sloppy play in the second quarter and rallied off four unanswered goals. Sophomore Quinn Caesar had a breakout performance for the Warriors, scoring four times and notching an assist.
"I'm very happy," Wahconah coach Paul Lange said. "We scored eight goals. I can't remember the last time we scored eight goals; I'm real happy about that. Our offense was clicking pretty well. We had a lot of sophomores and freshmen step up. Quinn Caesar and Matt Salvatore both played great."
It was the first game of the season for both teams. It was also the first game for Hoosac goalie Ryan Bartlett. He made seven stops to earn the victory.
"I'm real proud of our goalie, Ryan," Duval said. "This was his first-ever lacrosse game, and he had some great stops. I'm real proud of what he did today and you can just see he's getting better every day."
Stedman made 11 stops at the other end for the Warriors.
Hoosac's poor play in the second and third quarter was highlighted by penalties. The Hurricanes took 11 total penalties, seven of which came in the second quarter.
"It was frustrating," Cody said. "The team wasn't working together and we were all frustrated. But we came along as the game went along. It was just determination to win. This was a team win."
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