It took less than three minutes to seal Montgomery Bell Academy’s fate in Saturday’s Division I boys lacrosse final.
MBA allowed five goals in the final three minutes of the first quarter as Memphis University School won its third straight title 11-3 at Father Ryan.
“They (MUS) are so good of taking advantage of opportunities,” said MBA coach John Harvey.
“We just weren’t able to stop them,” MBA goalie Jack Benton said.
MUS (16-4) won its 11th state title.
“Honestly, I wasn’t sure we could get a third one in because we kind of got off to a slow start,” Owls coach Elliot Dent.
Benton kept MBA (12-7) in the game with his 11 saves.
“He’s the only one that kept us from being even worse,” Harvey said. “He had something left today.”
Jackson Loeb scored three goals in the first quarter and Peyton Klawinski had two for MUS, which jumped ahead 5-0.
Sam Harwell gave MBA its first goal with 7:32 left in the second quarter, but Patrick DiMento scored for MUS with 30 seconds left in the half for a 6-1 lead.
MBA’s Connor Griffin got the first goal of the second half to make it 6-2. But the Owls’ answered with goals from Tom Garrott and DiMento.
Benjamin Graves scored MBA’s final goal.
MBA’s Samuel Bamigboye was named to the all-state first team and is one of six All-Americans from Tennessee.
Hendersonville, made up of players from Hendersonville high schools, beat Lausanne 9-7 in the Division II championship.