The Solanco Lacrosse Club's boys high school team rallied but came up one goal short in its season finale.
Down 4-0 at halftime, Solanco shifted its offensive alignment and got back into the game, but lost 6-5 to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes team based out of West Nottingham Academy in Colora, Md.
FCA dominated the first half before Solanco scored three straight goals in the early stages of the third quarter to get within one.
"We went to a different offensive set. We went from a 1-3-2 to a 2-2-2 offense to put more guys in front of the crease," Solanco coach Mike Minchhoff said. "The plan was to get shots from closer in against their goalie. Their goalie was phenomenal. He controls the game for them."
Braden Jarabak scored on an extra man opportunity to put Solanco on the board then Payton Strang and Dan Keller quickly followed suit.
"The change and getting that man-up goal right away helped, too," Minchhoff said. "Once you get that goal, you get the momentum swing going. These guys live on it."
FCA answered by tallying twice to take a 6-3 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Solanco's Kalvin Kowal scored early in the final stanza then David Matos trimmed the deficit to 6-5 with 2:20 to go. Solanco won the ensuing faceoff but could not convert. Solanco got one final chance to score the equalizer after FCA was called for offsides with 12 seconds left, but was unable to get a shot on cage.
Solanco finishes the season with a record of 2-4. "I had big expectations at the beginning of the year, but I think any coach does," said Minchhoff. "The end record I don't think reflects how well we played, overall, for the season. Two close losses could've went either way. Two wins compared to last year having none, there's some improvement right there."