In a thrilling matchup between WCAC rivals, the Good Counsel Falcons earned a much needed win in a 9-8 victory over DeMatha Friday. The Falcons' win puts them in fifth place in the WCAC with one league game remaining before the playoffs.
After a back-and-forth first six minutes, Good Counsel's Nick Buonomo tied up the game, 2-2, with a quick-wristed goal at the 4:29 mark. However, as the closing minutes of the first quarter counted down, the Stags of DeMatha were able to control possession after a string of face-off wins. After goals from James Rodgers and Austin Petty at the 3:16 and 1:54 marks, respectively, DeMatha was able to close out the first quarter, 4-2.
Ensuing the slow start by Good Counsel, the Falcons took control off ball possession to begin the second quarter. Despite heavy defensive pressure from the DeMatha long-poles, senior Graham Dabbs added some Good Counsel momentum with a flashy spinning goal at the 10:23 mark.
Directly after a goal from DeMatha midfielder Greyson Torain, the Stags' leading scorer Steve Partlow added to their lead. As the first half came to a close, Dematha held a 6-4 lead in what felt to by either team's for the taking.
As the third quarter began, a sense that Good Counsel was determined to set up their defensive intensity was undeniable. In addition, several impressive saves from the Falcons' sophomore goalie Dylan Szot provided support to the Good Counsel defenseman.
The impact of defense was clearly prevalent as the third continued as both squads were unable to control the number of turnovers. With slightly less than four minutes to play, Good Counsel's leading scorer Luke Poulos scored narrowing the the Stags' 6-5 lead to a goal.
To begin the final quarter of play, bad passing was the kryptonite for the boys of DeMatha as they were unable to take advantage of what would have been several scoring opportunities. A minor miscue between DeMatha defenseman led Good Counsel to retake possession leading to a game-tying goal by Graham Dabbs, his second of the game.
Once tied, the rest of the game belonged to Good Counsel's Luke Poulos.
The game's leading scorer, Poulos displayed speed and ball handling ability that overwhelmed the Dematha defense. After a Poulos goal at the 8:59 mark giving the Falcons a 7-6 lead, DeMatha regained possession after a face-off win from junior Garrett Hasken.
The Stags' final efforts simply were not enough. A goal from Good Counsel's Luke Poulos with two minutes left to play and impressive clock management from the Falcons Coach Matt Durkin provided the cushion they needed in their 9-8 win.
Good Counsel will try to continue their high-level of play against a struggling McNamara team next Tuesday.
Scott Morrison and his DeMatha squad will seek what would be a statement victory as they are set to host a dominant St. Mary's Ryken team Monday.
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