Charger goalie AJ Sherer makes his bid for Workhorse of the week with back to back consecutive wins on Thursday and Friday. An injury-plagued El Toro Chargers lacrosse program leaned heavily on their senior netminder Sherer to plug the holes in the dike and give the team the chance for victory on back to back nights.
The Beckman Patriots rolled into Charger Stadium on Thursday night ready to play. The Patriots got off to a quick start with excellent ball movement and accurate shots, putting the Chargers on their heels in the first quarter. To make things worse for the Chargers, Senior captain Blake Young got knocked out of the game with a solid ball ricochet to the chin. The Charger reserves on defense served admirably but the outstanding play of Goalie AJ Sherer saved the night. Sherer starting in the second quarter made several point blank saves from a tenacious shooting gallery of Patriots.
Sherer’s outstanding play in net motivated the Charger offense to respond with extra possessions. The Chargers pulled away in the second quarter and never looked back. Tyler Collins led the offense with 3 goals and 1 assist. Tomas Anderson-Comas had 2G 1A, Jared Vlach 2G, Patrick Darling and Conner Kentros with 1G apiece. The Chargers held on despite a late run from the Patriots and came away with a 9-6 victory.
Less than 24 hrs later, the Chargers, still without the injured Young, hosted the hungry Wolverines from Aliso Niquel. The Wolverines showed no mercy on the short handed Chargers, jumping off to an early lead and dominating first half ball possession. Aliso Niguel’s face off game and desire for ground balls was impressive and gave them a 3-1 lead at the intermission.
Another inspirational speech from ET Head Coach Chris Nunziata motivated the Chargers to mount a second half run behind the incredible goalie play of Sherer once again. Sherer had almost 30 saves in two nights, many of which would be considered ” standing on his head.”
The offense responded with senior Patrick Darling leading the way with 3 goals. Tyler Collins with (2G 1A), Jared Vlach (1G, 1A) and Jacob Handley wielding the pole with 4 timely ground balls. The Chargers and Wolverines fought to a 5-5 tie at the end of regulation.
The first four minutes of overtime were entertaining, but did not produce a winning goal. In the second overtime, the wear was showing on players of both teams. After switching to pole at LSM, Tyler Collins came up with a critical ground ball and Coach Nunziata quickly called a time out to set up a play. The Chargers executed out of the time out, wheeling the ball around to Collins behind the net with Darling coming around a well set Kentros pick. Darling received and quickly shot the Collins pass for the game winner in double overtime.
The Chargers mobbed Darling in celebration then quickly turned the celebrating mob on AJ Sherer who definitely was the Chargers workhorse of the week.
Contributed by El Toro Boys Lacrosse