Beckman hosted Aliso Niguel Saturday in an intense battle with the Patriots taking the victory 5-4. Goalie play was outstanding on both ends of the field to help keep the scoring low. Tyler Schweickert had 12 saves on the day and Evan Gattuso had 9 for the Wolverines.
Beckman got the scoring started with an unassisted goal by Dean Nagel. Aliso followed with a tally by Jeremy Traub on a nice dodge and score in tight, and Tanner Clark found the back of the net as well for the Wolverines. Beckman fired back with goals by Zack Carter, Justin Cheng and a second goal by Nagle to make it 4-2.
The next score was by Beckman on a great effort by Spencer Thompson. Thompson ran by a double team at the mid line, pushed transition and fired off stick side for the goal. 5-2 Beckman and Aliso seemed to be reeling. With 23 seconds remaining in the half Garrett Hoang ripped high for a big score for Aliso and Sam Chassey made it 5-4 with 1 second remaining in the half on an unsettled play.
So that’s how it ended score wise 5-4, nothing more to write about….Just kidding lax fans! It wasn’t slow, long, drawn out possessions as one might think. It was up and down the field. Pipes, penalties and big saves took this game down to the wire. Five pipes were hit in the second half ( one a double pipe). The play was very physical and aggressive.
On the day Aliso had 12 penalties and Beckman 6. As the pressure built the goalies got hotter. In both the third and fourth quarter there were multiple 1-on-1 saves minutes or seconds apart on each end of the field. Toward the end of the fourth quarter with a little over 2 minutes to go defenseman Cheng came subbing out of the box with a shortie, caught it at midfield and cleared it. But it wasn’t over, Gattuso made a big save and clear and the Wolverines were in business. However with 12 seconds left Cheng broke up the play and the victory was sealed 5-4 in a wild finish.
Devin Arkison is a 3X All American from Hobart College. He is also a member of the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He has coached elite level high school and does private defensive training for all levels.