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June 21, 2021 — The power of the comeback

Over the weekend, there were a number of good championship games held around the country. And as you might expect in girls’ lacrosse, a number of these games came down to the final minutes.

As you might expect, many of these games were taut and tense, with the favored side barely managing a one- or two-goal lead before holding on at the end.

But some had tremendous comebacks in the second half, making the win more memorable to the players and their supporters.

This happened in the New Jersey Tournament of Champions, where Non-Public “A” champion Summit Oak Knoll found themselves behind Group III champions Moorestown (N.J.) 6-4 at the interval. Moorestown, having been in 32 state championship finals since 1976, was the state’s “old guard.” But Oak Knoll, winners of the 2019 Tournament of Champions, were the “new kids.” And they did incredibly well in their comeback, scoring four straight goals while holding Moorestown scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the second half, winning out 10-9.

Up the coast, Manhasset (N.Y.) took a 5-2 lead on Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) in the Long Island Class C championship, pitting the Section XI and Section VIII champions against each other. Bayport-Blue Point, a school which is known for playing great lacrosse against schools with larger populations, chipped away at the Manhasset lead until pulling ahead in the dying minutes, winning the crown with a 6-5 score. The goal was scored by Haydin Eisfeld.

At least three other states — Colorado, Massachusetts, and Virginia — are slated to choose champions in the next few days. It will be interesting to see what happens with these states.

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