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April 21, 2010

National HSB Notebook: California GK Scores in OT

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Jeff Seidel covers high school lacrosse for Lacrosse Magazine Online. Check back each week for his regional breakdown of what's what around nation. Submit notes or story ideas to jseid1234@aol.com.


Granite Bay (Calif.) goalkeeper Cody Sviba went coast-to-coast (video below) to score a goal in overtime of a big Sacramento Valley victory over Jesuit.

Granite Bay (Calif.) coach Scott Pink saw goalie Cody Sviba start to walk upfield as the Grizzlies began to clear the ball during overtime of their game with Jesuit last Friday, a Sacramento Valley Lacrosse Conference matchup. The battle was for first place in the conference, and the teams had gone to extra time following an 11-11 tie in regulation.

Pink expected Sviba to pass the ball to a midfielder, who would take care of the clear. But that didn’t happen, as Sviba slowly began to run and then took off on a full sprint. There was an open lane right up the middle, and the senior kept going, made a quick move to his right and fired a low shot into the goal to give the Grizzlies a 12-11 victory.

Goalies don’t score every day in lacrosse, and the goal sent Granite Bay into a wild celebration and improved it to 8-3 overall and 5-0 in SVLC competition.

“I’ve never seen a goalie do that in an overtime game for the game-winning goal,” said Pink. “I’ve been involved with lacrosse for 40 years, and I’ve never seen that happen before.”

Pink laughed and said he was thinking of calling a timeout, but decided against it when he saw Sviba had some running room.

“The best decision I ever made was not calling it,” Pink said.

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