Whenever the Lyons Township High School and Hinsdale Central High School boys lacrosse teams have squared off lately, 48 minutes of play simply hasn’t been enough time to determine a winner.
Saturday was no exception as the visiting Red Devils prevailed 9-8 in double overtime over the Lions at Bennett Field to win the West Suburban Conference Silver Division championship.
The Red Devils’ Jack Buczkowski scored the game-winning goal with 3:03 remaining in the second overtime.
“We lost to LT earlier this year in overtime, so to beat them on their field is payback,” Buczkowski said. “When I put the last goal in, it was an awesome feeling.”
In a seesaw battle, LTHS (16-7, 5-3 West Suburban Silver) took an early 2-0 lead on a beautiful back flip shot for a goal by Kevin Kilrea and a score by Emmett McNulty. The Red Devils roared back with four unanswered goals to seize a 4-2 lead midway through a wild first quarter.
With Hinsdale Central up 6-4 at halftime, LTHS senior Luke Gallagher netted a pair of goals within the first four minutes of the second half to knot the score at 6-6.
Gallagher, who leads the state with 72 goals this season, recently became the all-time leader in goals, assists and points for both a season and career at LTHS.
“I can’t say enough about Luke,” LTHS coach Bill Kalbfleisch said. “Luke is a super player and we’re going to miss him. He does everything well.”
Hinsdale Central regained lead at 7-6 with 7:59 left in the third on Danny Bergdoll’s goal.
After Danny Berg scored a goal for LTHS to tie the score yet again at 7-7, Thomas Payne put the Lions up 8-7 when he scored an unassisted tally at 10:03 of the fourth quarter.
“This game was marked on my calendar for months,” Payne said. “We tried as hard as we could, but it just didn’t happen for us.”
Hinsdale Central’s Weston Marcus scored a clutch goal with 5:28 left in regulation to force overtime.
LTHS honored its seniors Gallagher, Payne, McNulty, Victor Conforti, Mike Cyz, Tony Estrada, David French, Jimmy Heim, Pat Kelley, Vince LaRocca, Matt Linden and Sam Wesley before the game.
“Gallagher was the only one of us who had ever played lacrosse before his freshman year,” Kelley said. “We learned how to play lacrosse together.”
The Lions take on St. Charles East in opening round action of the IHSLA playoffs this week.