AURORA | With another chance to win the Predators Cup within its grasp, the Grandview boys lacrosse team pounced on rival Cherokee Trail in the fourth quarter Friday night.
Deadlocked at 7-7 after three tight quarters at Legacy Stadium, the Wolves scored the last four goals of the game in an 11-8 to claim the traveling trophy for the fourth time in as many seasons.
Junior Tate Holleran netted a tie-breaking goal with 5 minutes, 37 seconds, remaining and added another shortly thereafter to join teammates Jack Rogers, Ty Hussey, Cade Bruckman and Braden Landry with two goals apiece in the game for coach Patrick Chapla’s Grandview team, which improved to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in Centennial League play.
The closest game in the history of the Predators Cup came with a fantastic effort from Cherokee Trail, which was spurred on by the play of juniors Cameron Gilmore and Chase Street, who combined to score six of the eight goals for coach Austin Lanphere’s Cougars (3-5, 1-2).
Though the final margin ended up three goals, Cherokee Trail had the lead in the fourth quarter on the third goal of the game from Street, a fantastic individual effort that saw keep possession and navigate his way through four defenders to score. The lead lasted for almost three minutes until Rogers’ tied it up with 6:40 remaining.
A fast break produced the go-ahead goal when Bruckman hit Holleran in stride and he put a shot quickly past Cougars’ goalie Garrett Wadford.
The intensity of the game spilled over into the final seconds, when Grandview players raced onto the field in celebration and an altercation resulted in the referee ejecting three Wolves and one Cherokee Trail player. All four players will miss the next game.
Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel
GRANDVIEW 11, CHEROKEE TRAIL 8
Score by quarters:
Grandview 1 4 2 4 — 11
Cher. Trail 1 5 1 1 — 8
First quarter: Cherokee Trail — Cameron Gilmore (Colby Lensing), 8:35; Grandview — Cade Bruckman, 8:04
Second quarter: Grandview — Jack Rogers, 11:30; Grandview — Braden Landry, 11:10; Cherokee Trail — Chase Street, 9:23; Cherokee Trail — Gilmore (Lensing), 9:02; Cherokee Trail — Lensing (Malik Sparrow), 8:53; Cherokee Trail — Street, 6:06; Grandview — Ty Hussey, 5:22; Grandview — Bruckman, 4:28; Cherokee Trail — Lensing (Gilmore), 2:52
Third quarter: Cherokee Trail — Gilmore (Street), 9:54; Grandview — Adam Trujillo, 5:16; Grandview — Hussey, 2:54
Fourth quarter: Cherokee Trail — Street, 9:26; Grandview — Rogers, 6:40; Grandview — Tate Holleran (Bruckman), 5:37; Grandview — Holleran, 3:21; Grandview — Landry, 2:36