Decatur gets first win over Bennett since ’16 in double overtime thriller
BERLIN, MD.- After just over 55 minutes of game time, a Jeff Eichelberger goal from fifteen yards out gave Stephen Decatur the 9-8 win over Bennett in double overtime. With the win, the Seahawks finish the season at 4-2 and second in the Bayside south. The loss drops Bennett 3-5 headed into the playoffs, below .500 for the first time since 2014.
It’s been five seasons since the Decatur took down Bennett on the lacrosse field. The Seahawks won that one 7-4 way back on April 29th, 2016. Since then, it’s been all Bennett as they’ve dominated the Bayside South. Jump ahead to today, the Clippers taking the trip to Berlin as a young team still learning to play together. As the rain began to fall, the teams went blow for blow. The Seahawks finally taking their second lead of the game at the half 7-6 after an Aidan Morrison goal with under two minutes left in the half.
Decatur extended that lead to two to start the fourth quarter but Bennetts JP Wright came through for the Clippers. The junior netted two goals to tie the game with midway through the fourth. Neither team was able to break the tie until just over thirty seconds left in regulation when Wright got the ball in front of the cage and bounced it past the keeper for what looked like the game winner but just before the shot the Bennett sideline called a timeout, wiping the goal off the board forcing overtime.
In overtime, both teams were able to get some shots off but neither able to break the 8-8 tie so we would head to a second period of extra time. In double OT, the Seahawks gained possession and Jeff Eichelberger called game! His shot from fifteen out ended the instant classic and gave Decatur the 9-8 win in double overtime. The Seahawks first win over Bennett in five years.