Huntington Beach – The Mater Dei boys lacrosse team was about five minutes away from being handed its first loss of the regular season. Fortunately for the Monarchs, five minutes was all they needed to notch their fourth straight victory. The 17th ranked Monarchs edged out 18th ranked Edison 8-7 on Tuesday at Edison High School with three goals in the final two minutes.
After being held to just four goals in the first 43 minutes of the game, the Monarchs rattled off four more goals in the final five to steal the win. Freshman Richard Eusey was the man of the hour with the game winner. Sean Waterman scored the game-tying goal.
“It was an ugly game, but I’m glad we were able to pull out the W,” Mater Dei coach Johnny Rodriguez said.
In the beginning, it looked as if Mater Dei was going to run away with it. The Monarchs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. The Chargers had other plans though and held the Monarchs scoreless in the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead in to halftime.
After a Waterman goal got the Monarchs to within 5-4 at the end of the third quarter, Edison pushed its lead up to 7-4 thanks to goals from Connor Grief and Kenny Carmichael. Those goals turned out to be the last goals Edison would score.
Back-to-back goals from Jack Irvin put the Monarch to within one goal with two minutes left in the game. In an effort to stop Mater Dei’s momentum, Edison coach Rich Clayton called a time out. It didn’t work.
After the time out, Waterman proceeded to score his third goal, tying the game at 7-7. A short time later Eusey scooped up a ground ball and scored the game winner, causing the Monarchs fans to erupt in a loud cheer.
Goalie Sean Homsy had nine saves for Mater Dei. As for Edison, goalies Jake Austin and Josh Lightman combined for five saves for the Chargers.
Mater Dei looks to go 5-0 for the first time since 2014 when they play No.13 Beckman (0-1) on Thursday at Tustin High School at 7 p.m. Rodriguez said his team is looking forward to Beckman.
Edison (1-1), which was led by Carmichael with three goals, looks to bounce back against No.16 Aliso Niguel (2-0) on Thursday at home at 4 p.m.