A 6-1 halftime deficit is a big deal for a lot of high school boys lacrosse teams.
Hayes, which trailed by five at the break before storming back to notch an 8-7 overtime win over Medina Tuesday in Delaware, is not one of those teams.
Down big, the Pacers didn’t blink.
“What changed the tide for us was our senior leadership, our players buying into our offense and the adjustments we made on defense,” Hayes coach John Lyon said.
After scoring the game’s first goal — a tough-angle tally from Ethan Miller off a feed from Cole Livermore — the Pacers saw visiting Medina reel off six straight to take a 6-1 halftime lead.
Hayes owned the second half, though, flipping the script with a 6-1 run of its own to even things up and send the game into OT.
Alex Schumacher found the back of the net in the extra session to complete the comeback.
Livermore and Miller led the Pacers with three goals apiece while Sam Lagando also scored.
Tyler Groth, who blanked Medina throughout the fourth quarter and overtime, anchored the defense with 15 saves in the Pacer goal.
Liberty 9, Dublin Coffman 8
Johnny Wiseman scored two goals and assisted on the game-winner — all as part of a 4-0, game-ending run — to help the Patriots slip past visiting Dublin Coffman Tuesday in Powell.
Wiseman finished with a game-high four goals and an assists for the Patriots, who scored six fourth-quarter goals to complete the comeback. Wiseman scored with two minutes left to even things up, then found Spencer Towne for the game-winner with 10 seconds to play.
Also: Orange 12, Jackson 4.
Big Walnut picked up a win in its home opener, outlasting visiting Hilliard Darby 3-2 Tuesday in Sunbury.
Golden Eagle winners included Jared Deel, who handled Adam Schrock 6-0, 6-4 at second singles; Nick Schulz and Lane Davis, who teamed up to knock off the Panthers’ Justin Knueppel and Yash Somani 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 at first doubles; and the duo of Matt Pushkin and Mitchell Cholley, who beat Darby’s Chris Long and Shyam Pandya 7-6, 7-5 at second doubles.
Olivia Schick homered, doubled, drove in four runs and pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Buckeye Valley a 12-0, six-inning win over Delaware Christian Tuesday in Delaware.
The win was the Barons’ second against the Eagles in as many days. The game, which was supposed to be played at DCS as the second half of a home-and-home series, was moved to BV due to poor field conditions. Buckeye Valley beat Delaware Christian 10-0 in six innings Monday.
Logan Hatcher had a pair of hits, drove in three and scored three more for BV. Nicole Peak had a team-best three hits while Cora Hollingsworth had two hits in the win.
Madie Morgan and Caitlyn Ruminski had the Eagles’ only two hits while Morgan suffered the setback in the circle.