Throwback Thursday - April Foiled

Sam Chambers
On April 1st in the last 2014 SPC regular season game, the St. John's Mavericks upset the Kinkaid Falcons 11-9 to clinch a D1 draw in the upcoming SPC playoffs in Austin (April 11-12). Throwback to April 5th, 2005 on Skip Lee Field when St. John's needed a win over Episcopal to land in the SPC playoffs.



2879 seconds decided what has been called the game of the century in the Texas High School Lacrosse League. The competition went down to the last second of regulation play and then some. 
 
“Just be patient and we’ll take care of business,” said Head Coach Sam Chambers.
 
The action was knotted up at 4-4 at the half. With 6:04 remaining in the 3rd, #14 Alex Young ‘06 put the Mavericks ahead 5-4 on a score off a face dodge underhand shot, but the Knights reeled off 4 unanswered goals and took an 8-6 lead with 10:02 to play. 
 
#19 John Crain ’06 made it 8-7, and #27 Deets Hoffman ’06, who had dominated at the X all day, cut the lead to 1 with 6:44 to go.  In what would be the culminating combination, #15 Chris Root ’06 found younger brother #5 Timmy Root ’08 to tie it up with 3:42 left. Then, with just 52 seconds to go, the Knights scored to go on top 10-9. 
 
Hoffman won the face-off, and #34 Andy Gagel ’06 picked up the ground ball for a last Maverick possession.  After two good looks on goal, Chris Root got the ball on the end-line with 4 seconds remaining.  He took a step, and hit Timmy Root with a frozen rope feed on the backside of the crease.   The ball ricocheted off Timmy’s stick and bounced in, tying the score with a single second on the board.
 
Hoffman won the overtime face-off, and got the ball to Timmy to set up the return favor to Chris.  Dodging on the left side, Root #5 looped a feed over the defense and Root #15 finished the game winner. By the time the team piled on the Root brothers, the game was already a legend.
 
The next morning, bootleg copies of the game film were on sale at the local lacrosse store.
 
St. John’s 11   Episcopal 10   OT    

"It's why we play lacrosse at St. John's, to play against big rivals in big games that decide championships," said Matt Starke '06, a member of the 2005 squad who is now the defensive coordinator for the 2014 Mavericks. 

Please email your throwback sports stories to schambers@sjs.org.
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