On Saturday, May 21st, #5 seeded Bishop Kelly and #2 Centennial faced off at Eagle High School for the TVLL crown. Bishop Kelly had taken the hardest route by far in reaching the championship, defeating #4 Eagle 7-5 in the Quarterfinals and #1 Timberline 7-4 in the Semifinals after losing to both teams earlier in the season, 16-8 to Eagle and 11-10 to Timberline. Centennial defeated #7 Rocky Mountain 10-7 in the Quarterfinals and #3 Boise 12-8 in the Semifinals to reach the Championship.
Bishop Kelly’s tougher games seemed to prepare them well for the #2 seeded Centennial and they came out firing, scoring the game’s first two goals before Centennial was able to answer. After taking a 5-2 lead, Centennial came back and tied the game at 5-5 near the end of the 2nd quarter, but Bishop Kelly was able to retake the lead 7-5 going into the half.
After halftime, Bishop Kelly came out strong once again and showed their prowess, controlling the rest of the game. Centennial was able to bring the game within one or two goals a couple times early in the 2nd half, but Bishop Kelly just wouldn’t let the Patriots any closer than that, ultimately defeating Centennial 11-7 to become the 2011 TVLL Champions.
Bishop Kelly was led offensively by All-American midfielder Patrick Tunison (Idaho) with 4 goals, attackman Brandon Kirby with 3 goals and 2 assists, and attackman Jesse Rohr with 3 goals and 1 assist.
Defensively, the Knights were led by a lights-out performance from goalkeeper Craig Patrick (Westminster, 7 saves) and great defensive play by Will Jaundalderis, Joe Schmalz and Kevin Seibert (Carthage College), who were able to all but eliminate Centennial’s attack from scoring. Midfielder Alec Webster also saw considerable time at close defense, adding a spark of aggressiveness that helped contain the Patriots to just 2 goals in the second half.
Centennial was led by midfielders Nate Clark with 3 goals and Alex Irish with 2 goals. Goalie Jerrin Wallace had 10 saves; despite the loss, he played an outstanding game in cage for the Patriots and came up with several key saves throughout the match-up.
Bishop Kelly will go on to play Gonzaga Prep this Saturday, May 28th in the Idaho Boys’ High School Lacrosse Championship at Eagle High School (game time TBD).
The Idaho All-Americans were also announced at Saturday’s game. Senior midfielders Patrick Tunison (Bishop Kelly) and Sayre Thomas (Boise) each received All-American honors, while attackman Andrew Fletcher (Centennial) was named Academic All-American.
(All photos courtesy of Dan Faricy.)