By: John Nee '93
The varsity lacrosse team travelled to Tennessee during the spring break to face two of Tennessee's perennial powers, Father Ryan and Brentwood.
In their opener against Father Ryan, the Mustangs took an early 2-0 lead only to be trailing 7-6 at the half.
St. Rita, though, came out flying in the second half, and behind 8 goals and an assist from junior Adrian Thompson, prevailed over the Tennessee lacrosse power 16-11.
In their second game of the brief trip, the Mustangs would battle the top-ranked team in the state of Tennessee, Brentwood, who came into the contest with a sparkling (7-1) record.
After falling behind 3-0 early, St. Rita would battle back to trail only 4-3 heading into halftime. At the end of three quarters of play, Brentwood increased their lead to 6-3, testing the mettle of the young Mustang squad.
St. Rita, who came into their trip with a modest (2-3) record, passed the adversity test on the road against the Tennessee state power, outscoring Brentwood 5-1 in the final quarter to pull out an exciting 8-7 victory.
Tied at 7 with only eleven seconds to play, Earheart took a pass from younger brother freshman Burke and found the back of the net to lead St. Rita to the improbable, come-from-behind win.
The Mustangs then opened CCL play with a win over St. Francis yesterday to improve their overall record to (5-3, 1-0).