Winning a championship is nice.
Getting revenge on a rival in the process adds to the experience. Iona Prep came back against Fordham Prep on Friday and captured a CHSAA AA city title with a 9-7 victory. Chris Kownacki and Christian McHugh led the Gaels, each finishing with two goals and one assist.
Fordham Prep led 5-3 at the half.
Brendan Lao and Matt O’Donnell ignited a four-goal outburst to start the second half. Lao started the run, then O’Donnell knotted the score. Herschel Halesworth moved Iona Prep in front, and Lao capped the outburst, making it a 7-5 lead. Charlie McAllister came up with eight saves for the Gaels.
Andrew Abbattista led the Rams with two goals and two assists. Jack Casella added two goals and Thomas Marra had three assists.
Both teams move into the state bracket. Fordham Prep takes on Kellenberg on Saturday. Iona Prep will host St. Dominic’s or Stepinac on Tuesday.