“We looked a little bit sluggish in the first half and they looked fast, so we were concerned. And they moved the ball well in transition,” St. John’s Prep (4-1) coach John Roy said. “Top to bottom, I’d say they’re a pretty solid team and we dug in there in the second half and got this, but if we didn’t it could have gotten a lot worse.”
St. John’s clearly fixed its problems during the break and quickly stole momentum, outscoring its guests 4-2 in the third quarter. The Eagles followed that with a 5-0 fourth quarter.
“We knew they were going to make runs, but there were a couple problems (in the second half). Our end of game on-ball defense was atrocious and we failed to clear the ball,” Pynchon said. “We cleared the ball perfectly all day and I don’t know what happened. We were there, knew where we needed to be, but three dropped balls and we can’t clear it. You’re not going to win that way.”
St. John’s held the Panthers to two goals in the second half and the Eagles have a reputation for being a good defensive team. But this comeback was more about possession.
The Eagles had a hard time holding onto the ball in the first half, but in the second half senior midfielder Derek Osbahr completely dominated the faceoffs, winning 11 of 14, and the Eagles started taking care of the ball.
“He’s the best we’ve seen so far and he’s the best I’ve seen in the scouting that I do,” Pynchon said about Osbahr. “He was good ... really good. It hurt that Conor Leahy, who I thought was doing a pretty good job against him, got hurt and was out the whole second half. I think that hurt us a lot.’