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Seattle Prep vs O'Dea - Game Recap

The O’Dea Fighting Irish clutch an 11-10 win in an epic rivalry game against the Seattle Prep Panthers overcoming their first half deficit, putting them at 2-0 to tie for first place in the Private Metro Conference with Lakeside. Story by Michael Thornbloom.

The Panthers came off an underwhelming performance against the Lakeside Lions just three days prior sparking much needed motivation to improve their game against last year’s championship opponent. O’Dea opened the game with a goal but the Panthers answered back with three, giving them a strong beginning lead in the first quarter. The Irish kept themselves in the fight with three goals in the second quarter but the seven penalties they committed in the first half made it easier on the Panthers to maintain their lead closing out the half 6-5.

O’Dea picked up the pace in the third quarter by out scoring the Panthers 5-4 to tie the game. It started to get heated on the field in this half with both teams playing physical tough lacrosse. Together they drew 10 penalties, five of which were slashing penalties as these players were desperate to take a lead and win this game. O’Dea put out the better final quarter with junior attackman Axel Aymond (2g) coming out clutch for his team and grabbing the final two goals in the game and the last one coming in the last 20 seconds of regulation ending the game 11-10.

“I’m excited to see how they come together.” Said O’Dea Head Coach Drew Snider. “I mean it’s early in the season and this was our first big test and in the beginning we kind of came together, had to regroup a little bit and we closed out the game pretty strong and I was pretty happy.” After graduating some key seniors last year, Snider is looking to grow this team into another championship contender. A win like this will go a long way into gearing them up for the bigger match-ups later in the season.

A loss in this game does not spell disaster for the Panthers after a strong showing against a very tough team. Their loss to Lakeside just a few days prior was a necessary reality check for them early in this season. “We came out so flat and uninspired in that Lakeside game.” Said Head Coach Rich Stearns.

“Our goal all week has been to remain focused and regain the hungriness that I know characterizes the way these guys can play. So we showed that all game today, so yeah we lost by a goal but we got right back on track and I’m proud of their performance.”

The loss was tough but Stearns remains positive about the outlook for the rest of season. Understanding that O’Dea is a great team, he reminds his boys that when they play their best lacrosse they can beat any team in the state. His players put up some great numbers with the help of junior attackman Lucas Wathen (4g, 3a), senior attackman Jack Nelson (2g) and senior midfielder Clark McNaull (2g) accounting for 8 of their 10 goals.

O’Dea moves to 2-0 as their next conference game will be at home against D2 team Seattle Academy (1-1). Seattle Prep sits at 2-2 where they will look to get above .500 as they travel to play against the struggling Eastside Catholic team (1-2) on Wednesday.

Story by Michael Thornbloom

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