It was the rematch most lacrosse fans had been waiting for to start the season off with an A plus.
After losing 10-7 in last season’s meeting with the Bulldogs from Magnolia, the Atascocita Eagles were hoping for better results, testing not only their physical skills but also their mental ones.
The test of minds seemed easy at first, as an early goal for the Eagles’ Bryce Washington with an assist from Joel Brusnahan put them up 1-0 over the Bulldogs in the first quarter. Midway through the second quarter, the test seemed to be aced with the score 5-2 in favor of the Eagles and it stood at halftime.
The outcome of the game seemed inevitable as the Eagles would strike first in the third quarter with the tricked-out, behind-the-back assist from Brusnahan to Levi McCoy to put them up by four.
It seemed that, barring a defensive meltdown, that the test would remain easy and the Eagles would revenge their loss from last season. This was not to be, however, as the Bulldogs came back to tie the game in the fourth, thanks in large part to sophomore Spence Combs and senior Lucas Hall as each had three goals in the match. It was in the test of overtime that ultimately won the meeting of the minds, as Hall scored the game winner early for the Bulldogs, who won 9-8. The Eagles will have to study harder for their next match with the Bulldogs, who now move to 1-0 on the season. The Eagles at 0-1 will take on the Wildcats of Cy Woods in their next matchup Feb. 2.