Successful 20th season start for Jags

Jason Olson
Sports Editor

Wolfe helps guide Jefferson with wild comeback win

With 1:19 left in the season opener, Jefferson boys lacrosse head coach Scott Cater said the proudest moment of the game came in the way they came back to win 14-13 against Burnsville.

Aside from the start of another lacrosse season, its the Jaguars 20th as a program which was a little more special for Cater and the crew as they came from down four goals with three minutes left in the third quarter.

Jefferson junior Prince Oppong, right, defends against a Burnsville player during the Jaguars 14-13 season-openeing win April 13. Jefferson began its 20th season 1-0. (Sun Current photo by Jason Olson)
Jefferson junior Prince Oppong, right, defends against a Burnsville player during the Jaguars 14-13 season-openeing win April 13. Jefferson began its 20th season 1-0. (Sun Current photo by Jason Olson)

“We showed composure on the very next possession,” Cater said after going down by one goal late. “Winning that key face-off was Wes Wolfe and he showed to the rest of the guys that we can do this.”

Wolfe, a senior midfielder, won the ball off the draw and set up the offense, calmly, “Not making selfish decisions, but team decisions and the result was (Wolfe) stining the back of the net with 52.8 seconds left,” Cater said.

Tied at 13 with just over 50 seconds left, Wolfe won another face-off and scored the game-winner with 10.1 seconds on the clock for the dramatic win to mark the program’s 20th anniversary season.

Jefferson freshman Carson Jacobs, right, runs around sophomore teammate Keegan Goodin for a late-second period shot. (Sun Current photo by Jason Olson)
Jefferson freshman Carson Jacobs, right, runs around sophomore teammate Keegan Goodin for a late-second period shot. (Sun Current photo by Jason Olson)

Wolfe, a captain, had a special start the season with 14 face-off wins, five goals and three assists including playing a part in each of the final four goals to complete the comeback.

The Jaguars have a number of first-time lacrosse players, “and we are just fine with that,” Cater said. “They are players who care, players who want to lear, players that play the game for each other and we were able to show that tonight.”

Jefferson worked the clock to score late goals in the first period as senior captain Drew Bianchi redirected a pass from behind the goal from Kyle Thompson with 2.7 seconds on the clock to pull even at 3-3.

Jefferson senior Wes Wolfe had five goals and three assists plus seven ground balls in the comeback 14-13 win over Burnsville April 13. Sun Current photo by Jason Olson
Jefferson senior Wes Wolfe had five goals and three assists plus seven ground balls in the comeback 14-13 win over Burnsville April 13. Sun Current photo by Jason Olson

Sophomore Keegan Goodin scored his first varsity goal at the conclusion of the third period.

Bianchi had a hat trick and uses his athleticism on both ends of the field to clear the ball or outrun defenders late.

Senior Tom Kunnasery had two goals and junior Davis Bach had one goal and one assist while Princeton Oppong had two assists. First-varsity goals came from junior Blake Camuel and sophomores Keegan Goodin and Max Ritchie.

Eigth grader Jake MaCarthy made six saves on 19 shots for his first varsity win in his first varsity game.

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