Tournament Most Valuable Player Luke Millican made 11 saves and senior Daniel Burnum scored the game-winning goal with 5:19 left in regulation to lift Jesuit Dallas to its second consecutive Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) Division I State Championship with a stunning, 9-8, comeback win over the Episcopal School of Dallas Eagles at Rhodes Stadium in Katy.
The Rangers surrendered the first five goals of Sunday’s championship tilt and trailed 6-1 at halftime. Facing certain defeat, Jesuit responded with an outstanding second half, outscoring ESD, 8-2, over the final two frames to clinch its second state crown in as many years.
Sophomore Peter Buell snapped the Jesuit Dallas scoreless stream with a tally midway through the second quarter, and was soon joined in the scoring column by junior Jack Tabor and senior Trey Weiderecht, who scored in the third. Junior Grayson Hassell scored a game-tying goal at the 9:39 mark of the fourth to complete the team’s comeback run and set the stage for Burnum’s heroics.
Burnum finished the tournament by earning Offensive Most Valuable Player honors. Junior Aidan Johnston secured four groundballs in the contest, earning Defensive Most Valuable Player plaudits.
Over the final five minutes, Episcopal would pressure the Jesuit defense, but Millican and the Ranger contingent stood firm. Jesuit survived a scare in the waning moments of the fourth quarter, when a clear attempt was intercepted by an Episcopal attacker, who missed an empty net and the chance at the equalizer. Jesuit clinched the championship when a stick check by junior Greyson Mokarow resulted in a groundball secured by the Rangers, who were able to run the clock out for the victory.