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Correspondent photo / Robert Hayes. Canfield’s Ethan Remby scores a goal early in the fourth quarter on Tuesday night against Cardinal Mooney.

CANFIELD – Prior to this spring, neither the Canfield nor Cardinal Mooney boys’ lacrosse programs faced each other.

That all changed this season as they faced each other twice during the regular season and their season-long streak even included a third meeting on Tuesday in the Division II Region 6 first round.

Mooney may have scored with time running out, but when the final bell rang, Canfield were the winners on their home turf with a 5-4 victory.

Canfield not only beat Mooney for the second time of the year after losing at home in the first meeting – they advanced to the second round of the regional tournament for the first time in program history.

The lessons learned from the previous defeat paid off as the season progressed.

“A lot of teams try to play in the zone against us, because we know we’re not very good at that, so we tried to improve to beat that zone in defence,” Canfield manager Gordon Burns said after the win. “We tried to move the ball faster than attacking the weak parts of the zone in defence. We had a really good practice, we were doing it, then we would stop in a game and we couldn’t put it together.

Mooney found the scoreboard first after a score from Todd Miller, but their lead would last just a hair over eight minutes when Canfield junior Luke Berry tied the contest at a goal a piece with 9.4 seconds left. do in the first frame.

Berry, who is in his first year with the program, adapted quickly to his new team, scoring a record two goals and one assist in the historic playoff victory on Tuesday night.

“Me and Nicolo (Cocca) are always looking for each other, we’re both great shooters so when we have the ball we’re looking to shoot or pass and we know the one of us will put it in the report,” Barry said. “It’s not just a team that travels an hour and a half and you don’t really have a rivalry against them.

“I just moved here so I don’t really know what these guys have been through for the past few years, but it’s great to write history.”

Cocca found Dylan Kemp on a well-crafted play moments before intermission to take a 2-1 advantage on the scoreboard in the locker room. Mooney’s Will Varley tied it all at two early in the third quarter, but Berry found Cocca for the score with 4:15 left in the quarter about ten feet out.

Plays just before the buzzer appeared to be Canfield’s strength on Tuesday, with Berry extending the lead to 4-2 with 59.9 remaining in third. Mooney’s Joey Sfara responded less than ten seconds later after the face-off to cut the lead to one.

Although there was no huge goal differential, Canfield occasionally played on the attack for much of the evening, coming back twice more with a score from Ethan Remby.

Mooney’s Joe Zeno found the back of the net with the final buzzer, but it was too little, too late.

No. 12 Canfield (9-8) will face No. 1 Chagrin Falls on Friday. Canfield keeper Peyton Nottingham made 11 saves.

“(Chagrin) are a very good team, we just need to hunker down and get our basics down and hope for the best,” said Coke.

It’s never the end a team hopes for, but Cardinal Mooney (7-8) coach Chris Joss knows how hard it is to see a team this third time around.

“We wanted them, we had the choice of having a home game or coming back here and playing Canfield and I wanted to play Canfield. The kids like it, it’s fun, the crowd is bigger, we know who they are, we didn’t perform. Joss explained after the loss. “The game tonight is all about the balls on the ground, they had them and we didn’t, they had the ball much longer than us. The defense kept them in the game tonight, but they didn’t. couldn’t do much, they had to put the ball in the goal and we struggled.

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