COLLEGE PARK – DeMatha has won every Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys lacrosse title since 1999 except for one.
That one went to St. Mary's Ryken in 2007. On Tuesday evening at Ludwig Field at the University of Maryland, the Knights tried to add to their trophy case with their second title in three years.
But in the end, Ryken fell short, losing to DeMatha 9-7.
Ryken entered halftime with a 4-2 lead, but the Stags soon erased that lead with a big third quarter. After Ryken's Patrick Brennan scored with 6 minutes 55 seconds left in the third to give Ryken a 5-3 edge, the Stags scored three goals in a span of 1 minute 30 seconds to enter the fourth with a 6-5 lead.
With 8:55 left in the fourth, sophomore Connor Cook scored to tie the match at 6 with help from a beautiful Brennan pass. DeMatha took the lead again with 4:15 left before Brennan tied the match again at 7 with 2:22 left.
But only 10 seconds later, DeMatha's Kyle Clise scored to give the Stags an 8-7 edge. They later added one more goal for the 9-7 win.
For more coverage of this game, check out Friday's edition of The Enterprise.