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Episcopal boys take SPC lacrosse crown with 12-9 win over St. Mark's
AUSTIN — The Episcopal School of Dallas boys lacrosse team unseated defending SPC Division I champion St. Mark’s in a 12-9 shootout Saturday afternoon at St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Austin.
The win, ESD coach Pat Kennedy’s first SPC title since taking over the program in 2012, was one the coach said was particularly significant.
“There’s just something special about [this] rivalry. They’ve had our number for the most part the last few years, so this was really special,” Kennedy said.
ESD took an early lead but St. Mark’s kept pace, as Mike Murphy rolled left and shot right from about 12 yards out to tie the score just 10 seconds after the opening goal.
That back-and-forth pace would continue throughout the afternoon. Though St. Mark’s never led, their relentless offensive pressure — including a four-shot rally in the final minutes — kept ESD goalie Charlie Sikes busy.
“He’s been outstanding for us all year long, and he did it again today,” said Kennedy.
It was a game of ups and downs for St. Mark’s, as its eight penalties seemed to stifle any momentum the Lions could muster during their brief scoring bouts.
“We thought we figured out a way we could generate some offense and keep the ball away from their very dangerous long sticks, but we just didn’t make enough smart plays in the end,” said St. Mark’s coach Francis Donald.
Despite the win, Kennedy said there is still much work ahead for the Eagles.
“I told our guys there’s a great chance we’ll meet [St. Mark’s] again in the state playoffs, so we can’t read too much into this. We’ll celebrate tonight, and then we’re looking forward to Jesuit on Thursday.”