Orillia school wins lacrosse title in overtime
It took four minutes of sudden-death overtime.
Mitchell Pellarin deftly darted around a pair of defenders and buried a shot top-shelf to lift the Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School boys field lacrosse team to its first Georgian Bay Secondary School Association (GBSSA) championship, Tuesday.
The championship contest was a "nail-biter," said coach Dave Pellarin of his team's dramatic 5-4 triumph over host Huntsville Secondary School.
The overtime heroics were set up by Tyler Burnie, who scored the game-tying goal with just 35 seconds left on the clock.
Fogarty netminder Tyler Gysbers made some key saves for his team late in the game and in overtime.
Both team had shots bounce off the post in the frantic overtime period.
Jordan Roberts, Zane Morris and Dallin Blunt also scored for the victorious Flames, while Burnie contributed a pair of assists. Single helpers went to Pellarin and Tye Carnahan.
With the impressive come-from-behind win, the Flames qualify for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) championship, which will be held in Georgetown next week.
It's been quite a journey since Pellarin started the program at Fogarty eight years ago. The Flames defeated St. Theresa's Catholic High School, 7-4, last week to win the Catholic School Athletics of Simcoe County (CSASC) title on their home turf.
Despite winning the inaugural Simcoe County crown a year ago, the Flames were not allowed to play in the GBSSA championship last season because teams must play in a sanctioned league for two years before being allowed to compete at the regional level.
On Tuesday, in their first chance at a GB crown, they capped their journey with a win.