For the fourth time this season, the Jacksonville Cardinals and Havelock Rams tangled on the lacrosse field.
Friday night, however, was in the third round of the state playoffs.
A back-and-forth affair came down to the waning seconds, 17 to be exact, when Jacksonvill’es Logan Sullivan fired a shot into the net to secure a 16-15 victory and send Jacksonville on to the state semifinals.
“Our guys have been through it all really,” Jacksonvillle coach Thomas Stellwagen said.“We were in the same situation two games ago, and there isn’t a kid other than Logan that I would rather have the ball at that time. He has been huge for us all year long.”
Havelock held a 9-5 lead early in the third quarter until the Cardinals went on a scoring rampage that included seven of the match’s next eight goals.
Richard Fischer of the Rams and Sullivan waged their own private scoring war as Fischer found the net eight times and Sullivan five.
“For us, for a first-year program, I’m proud of how the boys fought and set a standard for the future of Havelock lacrosse,” Havelock coach Jeremiah Johnson said. “Of course, losing sucks, but maybe we came in a little too cocky after beating them here last time and credit Jacksonville - they came ready to play.”
The Cardinals got four goals from Sean Ingraham, three from Wesley Williams and a pair from Parker Davis to aid Sullivan’s attack.
Malik Brown recorded three goals for the Rams and Kendall Smith added a pair to back up Fischer.
Havelock senior and recent Belmont-Abbey signee Jason Hollister was held scoreless in his final prep match, but notched two assists.
Travis Hunter, Brown and Jake Hamilton had assists as well for Havelock.
Jacksonville moves on to face No. 1 seed Cardinal Gibbons (20-0) in the state semifinals Tuesday.
“We all talked about as coaches competing for a state championship and I think at first the kids kind of laughed it off, but I think they may be starting to believe now,” Stellwagen said.
Havelock finishes its first season of lacrosse with a 9-8 record.
Jacksonville 4 0 8 4 - 16
Havelock 3 4 3 5 – 15
Goals: Jacksonville - Logan Sullivan 5, Sean Ingraham 4, Wesley Williams 3, Parker Davis 2, Chris Downs, Ray McCarty. Havelock - Richard Fischer 8, Malik Brown 3, Kendall Smith 2, Jake Hamilton, Anthony LaLima. Records: Jacksonville 10-6, Havelock 9-8.
Jordan Honeycutt is a reporter for the Sun Journal.