Jaguars lose a heartbreaker in OT
The Leesville Pride came to Jaguar Stadium for the first round of the North Carolina State Playoffs. As was typical this season, weather was in the forecast. Luckily, no major precipitation fell and the night ended up being a great one to play lacrosse! The Pride came in with a vaunted attack line, with 3 players capable of scoring at any time. The Jaguars played them extremely well the entire game. The first half had the 2 teams trading goals and ending the half tied at 4. The third quarter was not a good one for the Jaguars. Two ill timed penalties and a few defensive breakdowns gave the Pride 4 goals and they had the lead 8 - 4 going into the 4th quarter. The Jaguars were not finished, however. Reid Koonce took control of the offense and placed 3 goals to bring the Jags within one. Aaron Morgan then knotted the score at 8 with 51 seconds left in the game. The defense had stepped up their game, holding the Leesville Pride scoreless. The overtime began with the teams trading possessions. With a minute left in OT, the Jags called timeout and set up a play. The play was stymied by a Leesville player who stepped in front of a Koonce shot to block it. The Pride then transitioned the ball down the field and with 8 seconds left, hit an incredible shot a a ridiculous angle to win the game. It was a great season for the Jaguars. Extremely proud of their fight all season long despite adversities that continued to arise.