It’s no secret that Gonzaga has always had a fierce rivalry with Georgetown Prep.
During the football season Gonzaga dedicates an entire week in preparation for what they dubbed the “Prep Game.” During “Prep Week” students sell custom shirts, hold pep rallies and do everything they can to help their team win the game that weekend.
It wasn’t an easy win, but the Gonzaga lacrosse team fought hard, and a successful fourth quarter gave it a 6-4 victory over the rival Georgetown Prep Hoyas.
Although it wasn’t a WCAC league game, this matchup still meant a lot for each program. Both schools pulled together decent-sized student sections and families that helped pack the stands of Buchanan Field. So when the home team came out with a victory there were many smiling students, alums, players and coaches.
“It’s special,” Gonzaga head coach Casey O’Neill said after the win. “It’s a big deal. We were on the other side of this for many years and so we’re still trying to continue to make it a rivalry and win some.”
A rivalry indeed. Through the first three quarters it seemed as if each team was taking turns scoring goals. Prep scored the first point of the game, but Gonzaga’s Nick Yano scored a goal late in the quarter to even the score at one goal apiece after the first.
Yano stayed hot and scored his second goal of the game early in the second quarter, but Prep’s Gavin Lindsay responded with a goal of his own to tie the game at two at halftime.
In the third quarter, Brian Townsend scored in the first minute to put the Eagles up by one. Once again, Prep had an answer, as Connor Humiston’s goal tied the game at three heading into the final quarter.
John Ridgway got the action started in the fourth quarter with a goal to put Prep up 4-3. But Gonzaga refused to go down without a fight.
Jack Myers got the scoring started for the Eagles, and his goal tied the game at four. After the first three quarters were low-scoring and even, Gonzaga turned the tide in the fourth. Kurt Bruun’s diving goal put Gonzaga up 5-4, and the Eagles were able to play keep-away to eat up the clock.
But with any good rivalry, a team needs something to brag about. Jack Myers certainly did just that when he tossed in his second goal of the quarter with under 30 seconds in the game to give Gonzaga a 6-4 victory.
With such a closely contested game, it was critical for Gonzaga to score three goals in a row late in the game.
“It was a few little things,” O’Neill said when describing what went right toward the end of the game. “It was some 50/50 ground balls in the fourth quarter that we weren’t necessarily winning earlier in the game that led to more possessions and things just turned our way.”
Gonzaga’s next game is on Friday against the DeMatha Stags, a WCAC conference rival. Gonzaga is 1-0 in the conference after defeating Bishop Ireton 20-2 in March.