WOODSIDE — Last-second goals seem like a perfect way to cap a senior all-star game.
On Wednesday, there were two of them at Polytech High at the boys’ and girls’ Blue-White contests.
Cape Henlopen High’s Alexa Woodruff scored to give the White team a 24-23 victory in the girls’ game before Thomas Aloe of Caesar Rodney finished the nightcap off with a goal to give White a 15-14 win.
Woodruff’s goal came off a free position shot with 26 seconds left. Aloe netted his with six seconds remaining.
“It’s a bunch of the best players in the state and it’s basically about having fun,” Aloe said. “Everyone took it seriously and I thought it was a blast.”
The boys’ game was tied at five separate times in the second half.
Cape Henlopen’s Michael Hopkins tied it White team the lead late in the fourth off an assist from Smyrna’s Luke Russillo. A goal from Spencer Peet of St. Andrew’s gave the White the lead but Salesianum’s A.J. Witherell scored for the Blue with 3:53 left to tie the game at 14-14.
The White needed three saves from Cape Henlopen goalie Chris Argo in the final two minutes before it finally got the ball back and called timeout with 14 seconds left. Aloe started from behind the net and was able to avoid a defender and the goalie to spin back to his left side for an open look.
“I just went hard to my right and came back to my left when the goalie came out,” said Aloe before cracking a joke. “Put the team on my back basically.”
Aloe finished the night with four goals. Some of his CR teammates also got on the scoreboard as Sean MacLeish and Kevin Sheahan also scored.
Dover’s Dylan Handel provided a goal and an assist for the White team. William Thomas of St. Thomas More also added a goal.
Woodruff helped pace the girls’ high-scoring attack with four goals and a pair of assist. She played with two of her teammates from Cape’s state title team — Jordan Brown (5 goals) and Sarah Tappan (3 goals, 3 assists).
Woodruff got the winner when she broke down the left side as time was winding down and was fouled right to the left of the net.
“I just ran down the field and got a shooting space call,” she said. “I like taking free position shots so I just put it in.”
Polytech’s Rachel Slater netted three goals for the Blue team and Dover’s Natalie Glascock had two goals and an assist.
“It was fun,” Woodruff said of the experience. “Everyone is friendly and all like playing lacrosse together.”
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