No. 5 Gonzaga College High holds off No. 3 St. Ignatius (Calif.) in boys lacrosse

No. 5 Gonzaga College High holds off No. 3 St. Ignatius (Calif.) in boys lacrosse

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No. 5 Gonzaga College High holds off No. 3 St. Ignatius (Calif.) in boys lacrosse

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Sam Offutt (left), a junior midfielder for Gonzaga, battles against St. Ignatius. (Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

Sam Offutt (left), a junior midfielder for Gonzaga, battles against St. Ignatius. (Photo: Casey Vock, 3d Rising)

An earlier version of this story had the incorrect college commitment for Patrick Brosnan. He is committed to Bryant.

 

WASHINGTON – The Gonzaga Purple Eagles, ranked No. 5 in the newest USA Today High School Sports Super 25 boys lacrosse rankings, added another high-quality win to their resume Thursday night, defeating St. Ignatius Prep from San Francisco 12-9 at Catholic University.

The Wildcats were looking to follow up the historic upset they pulled off Tuesday, the 10-8 come-from-behind victory against Gonzaga’s D.C. area rival Landon – a team that was previously undefeated and had been ranked No. 2.

St. Ignatius, ranked No. 3, wouldn’t catch the Purple Eagles off guard. Rather. Gonzaga – until last week the top-ranked squad in the D.C. region top 10 – burst out to a 5-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.

The Wildcats scored the first goal of the second quarter, appearing to have some momentum and making it a 5-3 contest.

But a non-releasable penalty was called against St. Ignatius Prep for an illegal stick, and Gonzaga capitalized with two extra-man goals from senior attackman Timmy Monahan to go up 7-3. By halftime, the lead had grown to 8-3.

The Purple Eagles returned from the break looking sharp, scoring two more quickly to swell the lead to seven goals, 10-3.

St. Ignatius would put together a 5-1 run that helped bring the score to 11-5 entering the fourth quarter and saw the Wildcats get within 11-7 with about eight minutes left in the game.

Furman-bound senior Finn Barry scored two back-to-back goals 14 seconds apart as the Wildcats looked to rally late in the game, putting the score at 11-9 with just 1:15 left to play.

But on the ensuing face-off, Gonzaga junior Nick McEvoy won the draw to himself, sprinted into the restraining box and assisted Liam Fitzpatrick (St. Joseph’s) on Gonzaga’s final goal to seal the win.

Monahan, who is committed to Maryland, led all scorers with five goals and one assist on the night. Luke McCaleb (Brown) added two goals and an assist for Gonzaga.

After the game, Gonzaga head coach Casey O’Neill applauded Monahan, who has been the team’s offensive leader through a vicious schedule. O’Neill credited the play of McEvoy, who helped the Purple Eagles control possession by winning more than 75 percent of the games 25 draws. His most important victory came in the game’s closing minutes and he helped ensure the win.

O’Neill praised junior goaltender George Christopher for making several important saves as the Wildcats tried to claw back into the game – when it mattered most, he said. Afterward, O’Neill presented the game ball to Christopher.

Gonzaga is now 10-2 on the year, with its only losses dealt by McDonogh of Maryland’s MIAA and Landon, currently the favorite to win the D.C. IAC. Next up for the Purple Eagles is WCAC foe Paul IV (Va.).

St. Ignatius, currently the No. 1 team in USA Today High School Sports’ Northern California rankings, was led by attackman Patrick Brosnan (Bryant), who scored three times. The Wildcats now stand at 9-1. They return to the West Coast and face Lincoln (Ore.) next week before taking on a series of Golden State opponents.

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