LAFAYETTE -- Chris Hill scored just 21 seconds into sudden-death overtime to cap a furious rally for the Marin Catholic High boys lacrosse team, which earned a 7-6 win over host Acalanes on Friday in the North Coast Section Division II championship game.
Marin Catholic's Hayden Holland won the opening faceoff of overtime from Peter Mitchell, and Wildcats coach Matt Ogelsby immediately called his lone timeout of OT to set up a play. Sean O'Keefe took the ball down the right side behind the net and passed to Hill, who was guarded by Tom Kresnak.
Jack Burnham came over to set a pick as Hill broke to his left, coming around the goal. Hill got just enough space to bounce a hard shot past goalkeeper Cameron Bosshart.
"I had a good shot, so I took it and it went in," Hill said. "That was the play, we dodged from the side, tried to dodge from in back of the goal. Jack Burnham stepped up so big today. He's a second-line middie and we had to put him in today because of injuries. Great pick. I just tried to get my hands free (to get the shot off)."
This is the third time in four years that the Wildcats (16-7) have faced Acalanes (20-4) for the title. Each time, the visiting team has won. Marin Catholic in 2011 and the Dons last year.
"It's obviously bittersweet to lose again like this to MC," said Robbie Stern, who had three goals and an assist for Acalanes. "They came out and they earned it tonight. I'm obviously disappointed, but it doesn't take anything away from our season. One of the best seasons in Acalanes lacrosse history and we're proud of everything we've accomplished."
The Dons led 6-3 well into the fourth quarter. But Hill scored off a pass by Austin Colvin with 7:15 left to make it 6-4. Then Burnham scored with 3:51 to play and suddenly, it was a game. Colvin scored the tying goal with 1:12 left on a similar drive from behind the net.
Adrian Jeffries had two goals for Acalanes.