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Boys Lacrosse: Pajakinas Lifts Saints Past Mifflin

BC Mifflin LaxIn the second game of a BCIAA lacrosee semifinal double-header, No.2 seed Gov. Mifflin took on No.3 seed Berks Catholic.

The two teams had previously battled twice, with each team earning a win during the regular season.

The Mustangs wasted no time as Aaron Grill got Mifflin on the board on the first shot of the game, giving them a 1-0 lead.  Tom Ferguson would answer for the Saints tying the game at 1-1 with 9 minutes left in the first quarter.

The Mustangs would get two more goals from Josh Dupell and Aaron Grill to take a 3-1 lead before McCale Butto added one for the Saints.  Aaron Grill’s third goal of the period would give Mifflin a 4-2 lead after the first quarter.

Matt Shermot would open the scoring in the second quarter, giving Mifflin a 5-2 advantage before Josh Dupell would increase the lead to 6-2.  McCale Butto would once again answer for the Saints, cutting the lead to 6-3. Matt Klusewitz would give the Mustangs a 7-3 lead heading into the half.

The Saints would come out of the half firing on all cylinders.  A pair of goals from Bobby Cressman, as well as a tally from Matt Kase would cut the lead to 7-6, before Josh Dupell stopped the bleeding adding a goal for Mifflin, increasing their lead to 8-6.  Nick Waligurski would once again cut the lead to one, 8-7, late in the third quarter.

With 9:44 left in the fourth quarter, Waligurski would once again get the Saints on the board, tying the game 8-8.  Waligurski would score his third consecutive goal, giving the Saints their first lead, 9-8, with 7:27 remaining in regulation.

Josh Dupell would pull the Mustangs back into a tie, 9-9, with 6:51 to go.  Darren Schlegel would help the Mustangs retake the lead, 10-9, with 5:49 remaining.

McCale Butto would answer for the Saints, tying the game 10-10 with 3:24 to go.

With 36 seconds left, Aric Dupell gave the Mustangs an 11-10 lead.  However, the lead would be short-lived, as Nick Waligurski tied the game at 11-11 with 8 seconds left to play, sending the game into overtime.

Just 29 seconds into overtime, a diving Tanner Pajakinas would fire one past Mifflin’s Keith Miller, giving the Saints their first ever BCIAA playoff victory.

The Saints, who got 4 goals from senior Nick Waligurski, also got 3 from McCale Butto and 2 from Bobby Cressman.

The Mustangs got 3 goals from both Aaron Grill and Josh Dupell, while Aric Dupell scored twice.

The Saints will face top seeded Wilson on Thursday in the BCIAA championship game at Daniel Boone.

After the game, Waligurski said “patience was key in the second half for us, we settled down and took it one goal at a time.” He also added “not playing football really hurt me, so coming back from an injury this is a great feeling.  We wanted to be here.  We don’t just want to make the championship game, though.  We want to win it.”  On preparing for a team like Wilson, Nick said “they’re a sound team.  We have to control the game on offense and shut them down on defense. We need to take good shots and be patient.”

About Justin Allen

Justin Allen is a 23 year old native of Pottstown, PA. Justin is a die hard Philadelphia sports fan. Justin has also written, recorded, and performed music for the last 10+ years.