The undefeated Centennial Patriots faced off against a fearsome pack of Timberline Wolves in the 2012 Treasure Valley Lacrosse League (TVLL) Championship on Saturday afternoon at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, ID.
The Timberline Wolves attacked early with three straight goals from senior attackman Nash Cantrell (#8; 4g). Timberline’s Andrew Rusin (#22; 2g), one of Idaho’s two 2012 US Lacrosse All-Americans, plowed in 2 more for the Wolves from the outside.
With the score 6-2 at halftime in Timberline’s favor, some fans questioned if Centennial had the fire-power to make a comeback. However, anyone familiar with the Patriots’ dominate 2012 season, the team’s 7-3 comeback against Mountain View just two days prior, or the history of the Centennial-Timberline rivalry, knew this game was just heating up. The Patriots entered the 2nd half firing. Lead by Mark Chatterton (#21; 2g) and AJ Gravel (#17; 2a), the Centennial offense looked to breathe new life as it steadily worked its way back from a four goal deficit.
With the game tied 7-7 and one minute or so remaining in regulation, Centennial’s Chatterton had a chance to seal the victory. What followed was an outstanding clear by Timberline’s goal keeper Keven Brown (#14; 17 saves), a Timberline timeout with 2.0 seconds on the clock, and a failed attempt to score. On to sudden-death overtime we go…
Centennial won the face-off in overtime, and seconds later a 30-second penalty was called on Timberline for a push-in-the-back. Timberline head coach Tom Blanchard called timeout immediately to talk to his man-down unit. Play ensued, and Blanchard’s adjustment proved successful as Timberline’s defense pressured out on the ball and knocked down a pass behind the crease. Timberline’s offense took possession of the ball and Nash Cantrell set up for a slow and steady drive from the back corner.
As Cantrell pursued the goal, Centennial defender Mike Anderson (#14) drew a penalty for playing without his stick. Caught a man-down against Timberline’s potent offense, Centennial packed it in tight as two Timberline midfielders, #6 Drew Welch and #11 Brett Jones, settled the ball at X. Welch and Jones tossed back and forth eyeing cuts from both Rusin and Cantrell, and then it happened – just as Welch got the ball he pushed toward the goal line. Meanwhile, Timberline’s Jones cut around the back side to catch a pass from Welch at the top of the crease.
Brett Jones jumped up, caught the ball and dumped in the game winner right over the head of Centennial goalie Jarrin Wallace (#10; 7 saves).
The Wolf Pack went wild.
Box Score (via IdahoStatesman.com)
TIMBERLINE 8, CENTENNIAL 7 (OT)
Timberline — Nash Cantrell 4 goals; Brett Jones 1 goal, 2 assists; Andrew Rusin 2 goals; Drew Welch 1 goal. Goalkeeper: Keven Brown 17 saves.
Centennial — AJ Gravel 2 assists; Ryan Smith 2 goals; Levi Smith 1 goal; Alex Irish 1 goal; Spenser Wilson 2 assists; Mark Chatterton 2 goals; Sam Maison 1 goal. Goalkeeper: Jarrin Wallace 6 saves.
Your 2012 TVLL Champions…