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EPIC ENCOUNTER: Salem LAX nets dramatic 2OT win over Northville

 EPIC ENCOUNTER: Salem LAX nets dramatic 2OT win over Northville

A Salem player pushes the ball up the sideline during the second quarter of Monday’s 9-8 Rocks victory.

High school lacrosse doesn’t get much better than the drama that played out on the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park’s varsity turf field Monday night.

Salem (7-0) continued its resurgent season with a never-a-dull-moment 9-8 double-overtime victory over visiting Northville, which slipped to 3-2-1.

The Rocks and Mustangs were so evenly matched, neither team managed to secure more than a one-goal lead throughout the 54-minute-plus battle.

To check out video highlights from Monday’s game, click here.

Not surprisingly, the biggest difference-maker in a game packed with huge plays and big-time players was Salem senior Ryan Peters, who notched five goals thanks to his hard-to-defend footwork and laser-sharp shot placement.

Salem senior Jonathan Seeke is checked by Northville senior Kaili Hayami
Salem senior Jonathan Seeke is checked by Northville senior Kaili Hayami

It was Peters’ goal with 2 minutes and 22 seconds remaining in the second four-minute overtime that sealed the win for the Rocks, who engulfed Peters following his game-winner.

The Mustangs sent the game into overtime with a goal at the 1:10 mark of the fourth quarter — just 10 seconds after Salem goalie Charlie Barker preserved his team’s short-lived lead with a lightning-reflexes save on a shot from the doorstep.

Mustangs’ balanced attack

Northville’s first five goals were registered by five different players — a testament to the Mustangs balance.

Peters opened the scoring 2 minutes and 19 seconds into the game when he propelled an unassisted shot into the back of the net.

Northville answered five minutes later on Austin Alexander’s power-play goal.

Solid goalkeeping by Charlie Barker forced this Northville shot to go just wide
Solid goalkeeping by Charlie Barker forced this Northville shot to go just wide

The Mustangs earned a 2-1 advantage after the first quarter thanks to Kaimi Hayami’s net-finder.

Undeterred, the Rocks bounced back with back-to-back goals from Jonathan Seeke, who was assisted by Peters and Jacob VanTol.

Northville regained the lead, 4-3, thanks to scoring plays by Daniel Borashko and Thomas Hinshaw, who stuffed in a shot just inside the right post.

Peters strikes again

The game’s back-and-forth rhythm persisted when Peters deadlocked the score at 4-all thanks to an assist from Andrew Sharp 3:13 before halftime.

Salem junior Braden Martin pushes the ball up the field
Salem junior Braden Martin pushes the ball up the field

The Mustangs carried a 5-4 lead into the break on a goal from Alexander Pearson, who was assisted by Alexander.

Salem’s defense ignited the goal that knotted the contest at 5-5 with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter. Sharp, a defender, separated the ball from a Northville attacker just outside the goal crease, lofted a perfect pass up the right sideline to Kai Prinzevski, who threaded a dime to Seeke.

Peters scored seconds later after securing a slick pass from Seeke.

Northville led 6-5 after three quarters when Pearson scored from Hayami.

Burlingame comes up big

The Rocks threatened to draw even at the 10:45 mark of the game, however Northville senior goalie Christopher Burlingame stonewalled Max Kehoe’s sizzling shot.

Salem fans didn’t have to sweat long, though, as Seeke rolled in a shot with 9:20 remaining to make it 6-all.

After the Mustangs earned a 7-6 lead with a goal with 7:49 to go in regulation, Salem roared back to seize an 8-7 edge thanks to goals from Prinzevski and Peters.

Peters’ double-overtime heroics gave Salem its best start in program history.

Both goalies — Barker and Burlingame — were both stellar between the pipes.

Ed Wright can be reached at 734-664-4657 or edwright@socialhousenews.com.

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