It was a nail biter today as the Verona boys Lacrosse team hosted a first round state lacrosse tournament game on Centennial Field against the New Providence.
Verona never trailed in the game, but with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter the New Providence team mounted an all-out attack against the Hillbillies and tied the game 8-8 with 42 second left in regulation.
After a hard contested face off won by New Providence, Taylor DelColle made a crucial save with his body 30 seconds into sudden death overtime . After making the save, DelColle threw a outlet pass to a streaking Colin Farawell. Farawell drew a foul as he crossed the midfield line when he dodged a New Providence defender.
Farawell broke to the goal and took an off balance shot. The New Providence goalie got part of his stick on the shot, but the ball bounced into the air and rolled behind him into the goal to give the Hillbillies their first ever victory in a state lacrosse tournament.
The Hillbillies will face number three-seeded Mountain Lakes next.
I’ve been a fan of this sport for over 3 decades. The last 8 minutes of this game rank right up there with some of the most exciting lacrosse I’ve ever seen! Go Hillbillies!