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Episcopal Hangs On Over Bolles 7-6

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
The Episcopal-Bolles school rivalry in Jacksonville has produced many tense and competitive games over the years, and Friday’s matchup in Boys Lacrosse did not disappoint. In the end, Episcopal took this year’s game with a 7-6 final score which was determined in the final minutes. Midfielder RJ Raymond led the Eagles with 3 goals, 6 ground balls and 12 of 16 faceoffs. Senior midfielder Matt Stiefel scored 2 goals and 1 assist and senior attackman Scott Powell also scored 2 goals. Junior Goalie Dom Johnigean had 7 saves for the night. Bolles’s midfielders Michael Hauisen and Ryan Kirchoff each scored 2 for the Bulldogs, along with a goal and assist by attackman Davis Lindsey and one goal by midfielder Greg Rogowski. The Eagles took an early lead, and were up 2-0 at the first quarter and 4-1 at the half. The Bulldogs started to narrow the game and came wihin 2 goals at the end of the 3rd quarter at 6-4. The Eagles again scored to make it 7-4, but Bolles found the goal twice to close in at 7-6 with 30 seconds left in the game. After the faceoff, the Eagles got possession and held on as time ran out. More than most, these boys have grown up playing with and against each other, coached in summer leagues by JLC Coaches Brian Duncan and Patrick Harnett. Coach Duncan is head coach now at Bolles, and Coach Harnett is head coach at Episcopal. After the hard fought game, they gathered for a group photo marking the intense but friendly rivalry and tradition.