|May 22, 2014
10 Sticks Lacrosse Places Fifth at State Championships
By Adriana Fehrs
10 sticks lacrosse long pole midfielder Josiah Edington takes the ball up field during their match against Flathead Lacrosse Club High School boys team at the State Tournament on May 17. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
WHITEFISH — The 10 Sticks Lacrosse team of Polson etched out one loss and one win at the Montana Lacrosse Association state tournament on Saturday May 17, resulting in a fifth place win for the team.
In the first match against Flathead Lacrosse Club High School boys team, 10 Sticks lost 11-1. With a minute and seventy-seven seconds left in the second quarter, Flathead scored a goal, making the game 6-0. By half time, the team was down 7-0.
Midfielder Zack Schmidt for the 10 Sticks Lacrosse charges up the field to the goal during their state lacrosse match against the Flathead Lacrosse Club High School boys team. Ten sticks lost the game 11-1 on Saturday. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
Head coach JR Daniels sat the team down for a pep talk during the ten-minute half time. “Play for honor. This is what happens when you don’t. Place yourselves in the right positions to make the shot.” 10 Sticks played Flathead earlier in the season, resulting in Flathead’s first loss, but Saturday the team proved to be more of an opponent. “You guys have come back from worse, we are always the underdog,” Daniels reminded them.
In the third quarter, Midfielder Zack Schmidt led the team in goal attempts, but 10 Sticks did not score any points. Both midfielder Robbie Erickson, and defense Isaiah Williams were penalized for slashing; midfielder Zack Schmidt received an unsportsman like conduct penalty in the quarter. Flathead managed to make another two goals by the end of the third quarter making the score 9-0.
Robbie Erickson Midfielder #6, and Trinceton Brown Midfield #16, of the 10 Sticks Lacrosse team block a pass during the sate tournament game against Flathead Lacrosse Club High School boys team. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
In the last quarter, Flathead made a goal shortly after face-off. Soon the game was 11-0. Midfielder Ambrose Brown made a shot attempt, almost making a goal. With three minutes fifty-seven seconds left in the game, Ambrose Brown made a goal, making the score 11-1.
10 Sticks went on to battle it out for fifth place against the Big Sky Eagles Lacrosse High School boys team. Big Sky fell to 10 Sticks earlier in the season; a 3-14 loss for the team.
That didn’t stop Big Sky from winning the first four goals. 10 Sticks turned it around 17 seconds into the second quarter when midfielder Zack Schmidt shot the first goal of the game. Schmidt shot the next goal, then attacker Mariam Branson got the next two goals tying up the game at 4-4. By half time, 10 Sticks trailed behind 7-5.
The 10 Sticks Lacrosse Team huddles up when Head Coach JR Daniels calls a time out with 20 seconds left on the clock. The team battled for fifth place against Big Sky High School on May 17. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
The next two quarters were a close match, both teams only leading by a point or so. With two minutes left in the game, the teams were tied at 12-12. Midfielder Zack Schmidt managed to get the ball with 20 seconds left on the clock. Head Coach Daniels called a time out to work out a strategy for the last few seconds of the game.
Attacker Mariam Branson gets the ball and takes it to the net, narrowly missing the goal right before the clock runs out.
The game goes into over time. 10 Sticks gets the ball, and attacker Zack Daniels shoots a ground ball into the net forty-four seconds into overtime, winning the game 12-13.
During the awards ceremony both midfielder Marium Branson and Goalie Ryce Hegwood were awarded first place All-State.