U18 Mid Island Lightning show resilience, but last-second goal leads to tie

A literal last-second goal dealt a short-staffed but courageous Mid Island Lightning team a 9-9 tie with Victoria 2.

A literal last-second goal dealt a short-staffed but courageous Mid Island Lightning team a 9-9 tie with Victoria 2 in a tight U18 field lacrosse game at Royal Bay turf on Sunday.

“The timekeeper was calling down the time and the ball hit the back of the net as he said ‘one,’” Mid Island manager Paula Harris reported. “There was huge scramble at the front of the net.”

The Lightning started the game with just nine runners — not a single spare in sight. Midway through the first quarter, one of their players was issued a penalty and ejected, leaving the team shorthanded for the remainder of the match, while Victoria 2 had nine on the field and nine more on the bench.

Mid Island’s goalie was the only player to keep one position for the entire game as everyone else continually swapped positions.

“Mid Island really came together and played so well together, given the circumstances presented to them,” Harris said.

Jacob Taylor led the Lightning attack with four goals. Kyle Page and Jack Sanderson had two apiece, and Clayton Vickers added a single.

Mid Island will head to the Mainland this weekend for the Richmond Roadrunner Romp tournament.