The Santa Monica Dragons 6 Blue squad capped its weekend at the Denver Shootout with an epic Braveheart victory over Sentry Lacrosse of Dallas behind two great stops from goalie Simon Ferris and a tremendous finishing effort from Justin Sikola. We shared the video on Twitter last night but felt it was worth a closer look.
The video tells the story quite well, but what it doesn’t say is that Dragons 6 Blue had a rough first two days in Denver, losing three pool games Friday night and Saturday morning in the 2023 Boys division by a combined score of 25-5. They bounced back in the afternoon, though, winning a consolation bracket game 6-3 over Austin (Texas) Elite 2023.
That set the stage for the Sunday matchup with Sentry, which jumped out to a 6-1 lead. Rather than mail it in and start thinking about the trip home, the Santa Monica Dragons battled back, eventually tying it 7-7 and forcing overtime. After a scoreless OT period, the referees called for a Braveheart, a one-on-one duel between two field players, with a goalie defending each cage.
Watch the video for the full drama, but kudos go out to the players on both sides who left it all on the field — but especially to Ferris for making two point-blank saves and Sikola for finishing the job.