Chambersburg 13, State College 12, OT: The 200th boys lacrosse game that Chambersburg has played, held Monday night at Trojan Stadium, was quite likely the wildest one yet.
The Trojans trailed 11-3 at halftime. But they outscored the Little Lions 9-1 in the second half, with Thomas Elia scoring to tie the game as the final horn sounded, then won the Mid Penn Commonwealth game in overtime on a goal by Klein Burkholder.
“I told them at halftime that they had to believe we could do it, because lacrosse is a game of runs” Chambersburg coach Paul Flohr said. “We made a lot of mistakes in the first half, but none in the second.”
Playing a man up, Austin Brookens scored with 42 seconds left on an assist from Grayson Hopple to being the Trojans (3-6, 2-6 MPC) to within 12-11. With just seven seconds left, the State College goalie was penalized for a slash.
On its final possession, the Trojans got off four quick passes and Elia fired in the tying goal as the horn went off.
Still a man up in OT, Nash Bothe won the faceoff for the Trojans and Flohr called a timeout. Chambersburg worked a play and Elia fed Burkholder for the game-winning goal.
Flohr, who has been with the program since its start, said, “The biggest comeback we’ve ever had before was from five goals down against Northern. This one probably gave me a few more grey hairs, but it’ll be at the top of my mind for a while.”
Aidan Brechbill led the scoring with four goals, Haden Ocker had three goals and an assist, Elia had two goals and three assists and Burkholder had two goals and an assist.
Also, Brookens and Dom Marangoni each scored once, Hopple had two assists and Marangoni had an assist. Ocker rounded up eight ground balls, Bothe won 17 of 28 face-offs and goalie Angel Santos made 12 saves.
Flohr said, “Brechbill had a fantastic game — four goals and a lot of little things, like making the assist to the assist. He’s improving every day.
“Also, Andrew Shetter helped bring the defense together and they gave up only one goal in the second half. They controlled their side of the field.”
Chambersburg 3, Altoona 0: The Trojans ripped through the Mountain Lions in a Mid Penn Commonwealth match by scores of 25-15, 25-4 and 25-9 on Monday evening.
Chambersburg (5-3, 4-2 MPC) spread around the assists — 11 by Kyle Ganoe, seven by Trey Stepler and six by Spencer Rajtik. Jacob Misal led in digs with 12 and Wes Newman added 10.
Rajtik had three aces and led with 16 service points, while Ganoe came up with 11 points.
Jaylen Thomas had a good night at the net with eight kills, two block kills and seven blocks. Riley Laite had six kills, as he and Thomas each hit .400.