TWIN FALLS, IDAHO — The Jackson Hole Lacrosse Club’s boys varsity team took a big step toward cementing itself among the state’s powerhouse programs over the weekend, edging No. 2-ranked and reigning state champion Mountain View and No. 3-ranked Bishop Kelly, both in overtime.
With Jackson Hole trailing by a goal at halftime and also late into the fourth quarter against Mountain View on Saturday, Carter Johnson came through with a buzzer-beating goal to level the game at 10 apiece and send it into sudden-death overtime.
In extra time, Owen Janssen fed Sam Smith, who fired a rocket into the back of the net to send Jackson Hole to victory and avenge last year’s semifinal playoff loss to the eventual state champions.
The game against Bishop Kelly later Saturday afternoon went much the same way, with the teams exchanging leads in the fourth quarter, following a third-quarter hat trick by Jackson junior midfielder Jack Jenkins.
After falling behind by a goal in the fourth quarter, 8-7, Jackson’s Janssen netted a clutch game-tying goal with a minute left in regulation to again leave the Jackson side heading to overtime.
Neither team was able to score in the first overtime period. But Janssen again found the back of the net in the second overtime, securing the sweep.
Both wins were owed to a full team effort, from spectacular goaltending to the defense forcing turnovers, leading to the offense doing work in front of the opposing teams’ net.
The Jackson boys are home this week to take on Hillcrest for Senior Night.