Lexington, SC (Jack Kunowsky) - The District 3/Class 5A regular season Boys’ Lacrosse title was decided last night as River Bluff defeated Lexington in a close game. In an immensely entertaining game that ended up going into overtime, River Bluff pulled out the W with a score of 8-7.
Lexington struck first as senior Jackson Brady finished a goal right on the doorstep, but River Bluff quickly answered with a goal from Austin Outman. Shortly thereafter, the sprinklers went off on Lexington’s field, leading to a pause mid-way through the first quarter and a lot of laughs.
As things picked back up, senior attackman Ryan Zuba made a strong move to the goal to make it 2-1 Lexington. Brian Guerra followed with a goal of his own to make the score 3-1. George Yanssens kept River Bluff in it though, with a crafty score to bring it to 3-2 to end the half. This gave River Bluff some momentum, propelling them into the second half.
The Gators came out of the break on top of their game as Austin Outman put another one in the back of the net making it 3-3. Dillon Marchant then finished a highlight reel behind the back goal to give Lexington the lead. He quickly scored again bringing it to 5-3, but the Gators began a run that saw them end up with a 7-4 lead in the 4th quarter.
It wasn’t long before Lexington went on a run of their own, capped off by a Brian Guerra goal with just under a minute left to force overtime. Under a minute into overtime, River Bluff senior Nick Petta put a bounce shot in the back of the net and that sealed the deal for the Gators.
Both defenses stayed strong throughout the game, but ultimately River Bluff’s prevailed. Senior goalie Andrew Moss played an outstanding game, making an unreal 17 saves. Dillon Marchant anchored the defense and was everywhere on the field, scoring two goals and causing multiple turnovers. Those two teammates were the best players on the field Wednesday night.
The senior leadership of River Bluff, coupled with some very strong individual performances, helped the Gators pull out the win in this nail biter of a game. With the win, River Bluff has clinched home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Gators will look to build on this big win while Lexington looks to bounce back as the playoffs begin for both teams next Tuesday.