AURORA | Many times before, Grandview boys lacrosse coach Patrick Chapla called the play he opted for in the closing seconds of a tie game Friday night and many times he watched it fail.
Yet the Wolves executed it when it mattered most — with the Predators Cup on the line.
Coming out of a time out, sophomore Ty Hussey buried a shot with 17.5 seconds remaining to give Grandview a 13-12 win over rival Cherokee Trail at Legacy Stadium, which was battered by gale-force winds and bitter cold all game long. The Wolves overcame the elements and the determined Cougars to keep the traveling trophy for a fourth straight season.
“They had messed it up every time in practice until the first quarter and then this time,” Chapla said. “We hadn’t been hitting it, so it was great to do it then.”
Hussey tallied a team-high four goals, fellow sophomore Tate Holleran added three and seven Grandview players in all scored at least one goal as the Wolves (4-5, 2-1 Centennial League) extended their win streak over Cherokee Trail to five games dating back to 2014.
On what turned out to be the deciding play, Hussey took a feed from junior Braydan Hiebert to the left of the goal, used a screen and skimmed a low shot off the frozen turf into the back of the net.
“Low time, lot of pressure, we just ran the play and it went in,” Hussey said.
Senior Cameron Gilmore scored four goals and senior Chase Street added three for coach Austin Lanpher’s Cougars (2-5, 1-2), who had a fourth quarter lead get away for the second straight season.
Cherokee Trail had possession for nearly the entire opening quarter and ended it with a 2-0 lead after goals by Gilmore — a University of Utah signee — and Street, while it kept Grandview off the scoreboard for the first 13-plus minutes until Hussey scored his first goal with 10:51 left in the opening half.
With Street, Gilmore and long stick middie Malik Sparrow getting into the goal-scoring act, the Cougars streaked to a lead as large as 6-1, but had their advantage cut to 7-4 at the break.
Senior Trevor Cosby opened the second half with a string of faceoff wins to help spark the Wolves, who scored four straight times to lead for the first time at 8-7 on Jack Rogers’ goal midway through the quarter.
Grandview took a two-goal lead into the final period when sophomore Evan Humphrey had the ball knocked away from him, but recovered in time to flip it into the goal just before the buzzer sounded.
Cherokee Trail answered with a three-goal burst that produced an 11-10 lead with 8:48 remaining on a Gilmore score and the lead see-sawed back and forth in the final minutes. It was deadlocked at 12-12 when Gilmore scored with the man advantage with 1:06 left to counter a go-ahead goal by Hussey a minute earlier.
The Cougars had possession for a chance at the tie-breaking goal, but turned the ball over and the Wolves used a time out to set up their play.
Following Grandview’s go-ahead score, Wolves’ senior long stick middie Christian Hansen scooped up a loose ball and fired it down to the end of the field as time expired.
“It feels pretty good, to win it (the Predators Cup) four years in a row is pretty special,” said Grandview senior Colby Moore, a University of Denver signee.
“For the seniors, it was definitely a pride game. We definitely didn’t want to give it up and be the first class to get it all four years. It means a lot to us to bring home this trophy every year.”
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GRANDVIEW 13, CHEROKEE TRAIL 12
Score by quarters:
Cher. Trail 2 5 1 4 — 12
Grandview 0 4 6 3 — 13
First quarter: Cherokee Trail — Chase Street (Cameron Gilmore), 6:13; Cherokee Trail — Gilmore, 4:34
Second quarter: Cherokee Trail — Street (Gilmore), 11:41; Grandview — Ty Hussey (Braydan Hiebert), 10:51; Cherokee Trail — Street (Colby Lensing), 10:39; Cherokee Trail — Malik Sparrow, 10:28; Cherokee Trail — Gilmore, 10:11; Grandview — Cade Bruckman, 9:50; Grandview — Tate Holleran (Bruckman), 6:25; Cherokee Trail — Lensing (Gilmore), 5:04; Grandview — Christian Hansen, 1:12
Third quarter: Grandview — Holleran, 8:25; Grandview — Hussey, 7:24; Grandview — Zac Crady (Holleran), 6:28; Grandview — Jack Rogers, 6:19; Cherokee Trail — No. 12, 1:15; Grandview — Bruckman, 17.1; Grandview — Evan Humphrey, 0.1
Fourth quarter: Cherokee Trail — Lensing, 10:34; Cherokee Trail — No. 7 (Street), 9:52; Cherokee Trail — Gilmore, 8:48; Grandview — Holleran, 4:20; Grandview — Hussey (Humphrey), 2:15; Cherokee Trail — Gilmore (Street), 1:06; Grandview — Hussey (Hiebert), 17.5