Mt. St. Joes’s Catches Foothill

One day after overcoming a 6-3 halftime deficit to beat St. Margaret’s in 8-7 in overtime,  Mt. St. Joseph’s (MD) came up with another big second half to claim another down-to-the wire one-goal win. Trailing 6-4 at halftime, the Mt. St. Joe’s offense came alive in the second half.  Led by Bryan Costabile’s (Notre Dame) career high eight goals, the Gaels defeated Foothill 13-12 when Costabile completed his snowman with 14 ticks left on the clock.

Costabile’s game winner  followed a turnover and controversial no-reset call as Costabile rushed the net and beat two defenders on a close-in shot at St. Margaret’s Episcopal.   It was in the third quarter, which Foothill is finding to be its Achilles’ heel this season, that the Gaels erased a 7-4 deficit after Foothill’s sophomore attack Ellis Geis seemingly gave his team a cushion. Three goals by Costabile and five altogether by his team netted the score at 9-9 going into the last quarter.
Three times Mount Saint Joseph took a one-goal lead in the first 11 minutes and 46 seconds of the the fourth quarter and three time Foothill responded.  A  rocket left-handed shot by Foothill midfielder Matt Harris tied the game at 10-10. A Geis shot near goal made it 11-11, and shot from up top by midfielder Steven Oberly made 12-12 with 1:21 left in the game. Costabile scored the goal that would not be tied 67 seconds later.
The Gaels’ senior goalie, Ben Hienzmen (Limestone) kept his team in the game with 16 saves. The Gaels are now 9-2.
Foothill, now 9-3, got a team-high three goals from attack-midfielder Kevin Kodzis (Holy Cross), two goals from Oberly and Geis, two goals and assists from attack Nathan Skeen, and single goals each by Harris and midfielders Evan Brown and Josh Fox. Longpole defenseman Jared Copeland grabbed seven groundballs and had a forced turnover.
The result follows Thursday’s 14-8 loss to nationally ranked Bergen Catholic of New Jersey, played at Irvine High. Like Saturday’s game, the Knights led at halftime, but it wasn’t enough.
Foothill travels to the Bay Area during spring break next week to play at De La Salle and West Coast powerhouse St. Ignatius College Prep.
Contributed by Foothill Lacrosse