Tigers bit by Cobras on Senior Night
— Senior Night for the Rising Sun boys’ lacrosse team did not go according to plan.
The Tigers hosted Harford Tech Wednesday with both teams unbeaten in the Susquehanna Division and the lower-division title on the line. The visitors earned a 10-8 win and sole possession of first place with one game remaining on their schedule.
“It’s unfortunate, a terrible thing to have happen at the end on Senior Night,” Rising Sun coach Chris King said.
Tigers senior Austin Philistine scored on an outside, man-up shot from up top off of a feed from behind the cage by Connor Burkhardt nearly three minutes into the second half to break
a 4-4 halftime tie. Harford Tech answered with three straight goals and led 8-6 heading into the final quarter. Philistine tallied Rising Sun’s only other goal of the period, dodging to his right and sticking a shot into the top-left corner of the net.
Chippy, physical play resulted in a number of penalties against both teams. Philistine’s man-up goal to open the third quarter was the only the Tigers (9-2 overall, 5-1 division) were able to score all night.
“The game was tight, a lot of penalties on both sides which took us out of our rhythm. Our man-up was really disappointing today,” King said. “That was probably my biggest disappointment in our guys, we did not get anything off the man-up today and that set us back a lot.”
A pair of Cobra (10-1, 6-0) penalties in the opening minute of the fourth quarter gave Rising Sun a twoman advantage and a prime opportunity to cut its deficit to one. The Tigers committed a quick turnover, then two penalties of their own and the sides were suddenly even again.
“I wish I had some kind of words to describe it,” King said. “We had it. The op- portunity was right there, so there’s really nobody to blame but ourselves. We had the opportunities, but it was our mistakes.”
After eight scoreless minutes to open the fourth quarter, Harford Tech scored two goals just seven seconds apart to take a 10-6 lead with 4:17 left.
Rising Sun scored the game’s final two goals— defender Ethan Greene finished a Brad Alexander assist on the fast break and Burkhardt dodged and scored with 32 seconds remaining—but it was too little, too late.
“My hat’s off to them, they got the ground balls,” King said. “Faceoffs we knew coming in were going to be a challenge and they got every single one, so that limits our possessions.”
Senior long-stick middie Wyatt Kennedy scored just 21 seconds into the game to give the Tigers an early lead. After the Cobras responded with a pair unanswered, senior Wyatt Kennedy tallied to knot the score at two. Burkhardt then gave Rising Sun a 3-2 lead, but Harford Tech scored the opening quarter’s last two goals to claim a 4-3 advantage.
Burkhardt recorded the only goal scored by either team in the second quarter. Philistine scooped a ground ball on the offensive end and assisted Burkhardt, who rocketed a shot to the top-left corner of the cage.
Burkhardt led the Tigers with a hat trick plus an assist, Philistine recorded two goals and an assist and Griffith, Kennedy and Greene all scored a goal apiece. Alexander handed out two assists and Phil Hurm added one.
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Rising Sun’s Austin Philistine takes a shot on goal during the Tigers’ 10-8 loss to visiting Harford Tech on Wednesday.