Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ironmen Redemption

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Ironmen Redemption

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LIVINGSTON -- A four-goal lead. Three minutes left. It was all so familiar to Don Bosco.

But this time, there was joy and celebration at the end, not heartbreak.

Gaining sweet redemption after last year, the Ironmen scored the last four goals of the game to knock off Seton Hall Prep and win the Non-Public A boys lacrosse title, 12-8, in front of a huge crowd at Livingston High School.

"It's a phenomenal feeling," said Ironmen junior defender Greg Pandise. "We knew we just had to be tough and work hard."

It certainly was a far different feeling than the Ironmen had on the same field in the title game in 2012 against Delbarton. In that contest, Don Bosco saw a 7-3 lead vanish in the final 1:40 and lost in overtime.

It was the type of defeat that either can define your program or give it a rallying cry. The Ironmen chose the latter and they reaped the rewards of their hard work.

"We wanted to forget it, but at the same time, we had to remember what happened," said Bosco senior goalie Jimmy Danaher. "Even during the game, when we had the four-goal lead with three minutes, our defense came together and said it wasn't even close to being over yet."

The Pirates were somewhat of a surprise finalist, having stunned the state lacrosse world by beating Delbarton in the semifinals. They were a worthy opponent Wednesday. Every time Don Bosco would start to pull away the Pirates would come back and the score was tied at 6 at halftime.

The biggest difference in the game was the play of Danaher in the second half. Don Bosco coach Mike Springer uses a non-traditional goalie system in which William Collopy starts and plays the first half in the net and Danaher plays the second.

"I've never done it before," said Springer about the style, "but we have two very good goalies and both have different strengths and they complemented each other well [Wednesday]. …

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