Senior defenseman Dimas Bordales scooped up a loose ball and fired it into the back of the net to lead the Malden boys’ lacrosse team to 16-15 overtime victory over GBL rival Cambridge, Monday at home.
“Our team fought hard, kept working, getting ground balls, hustling and chipping away and eventually we persevered with our teamwork,” said Brenden Maney, third-year head coach. “There wasn’t any great coaching move that I made, it was the kids that made gritty plays, dug in, and controlled the game.”
The Golden Tornadoes (1-1) turned the ball over and trailed, 15-14, with two minutes left in regulation after senior midfielder Stanley Chan (two goals) was stripped of a goal late in the game following a stick check penalty.
The Tornadoes' fortunes then changed as junior goalie T.J Ruddock (13 saves) made a key save that allowed senior captain Dan Glynn (eight goals and an assist) to march downfield and drive the ball into the cage and force overtime.
“Both teams made sure to capitalize on each other’s mistakes, but late in the game we maintained our composure and played through the stick check penalty that left us one man down,” said Maney.
The Tornadoes led, 10-6, after the first half, and created many of their scoring opportunities through their defense. Long stick midfielders Justin Pham, Patrick DiCicco, Allan Delva set the tone on defense early and allowed Glynn, who notched six goals in the second half, and Dimas (one goal, two assists) to create one-on-one opportunities and attack the Falcons’ defense and convert at the cage.
“We are getting better playing team defense, especially off-the-ball defense,” said Maney. “Everyone has improved since our last game where we had a lot of mental errors, and we are all growing together as a team.”
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