Today, the No. 1 CMA Prep Lacrosse team battled the No. 3 Hill Academy (Ont) for the Victory Event Series' National Prep Lacrosse Championship.
The Eagles defeated the Pride 9-5 at Widener University to take the championship, having now defeated the Hill Academy twice this season.
Culver drew first blood in the contest, with a goal coming from senior midfielder and Delaware signee Michael Robinson (Peterborough, ON) 43 seconds after the opening whistle. The Hill Academy's Dyson Williams (Duke) would answer shortly thereafter, before Culver would go on a four-goal unanswered run.
Williams would answer yet again, though, putting the Pride to within three before the conclusion of the first half, 5-2.
With about 9:30 remaining in the third-quarter, Culver was given a two-man-up scenario, during which they would generate a quality shot opportunity. The Pride's goaltender Drew McGill responded, though, making a save on the low attempt. It wasn't until 7:00 minutes remaining in the third that second-half scoring opened up, when Culver's senior two-way midfielder and Princeton signee Sam English (Burlington, ON) found twine on an on-the-run attempt, 6-2 Culver.
The Pride quickly answered about one minute later with a skip-pass feed from Williams to teammate Adam Poitras for a step-down goal, 6-3 Culver.
Culver would find the net yet again late in the third-quarter on an extra-man opportunity, when Owen Hiltz (Peterborough, ON) managed to find David Anderson (Cambridge, ON) on a through-pass for a 12-yard bomb, 7-3 Culver with 2:07 remaining in the third.
The third quarter would come to a close when Culver managed to capitalize on a transition opportunity. Robinson found a cutting English who caught the pass, turned to brace for contact, and took a back-handed shot, managing to score in spectacular fashion with only one second remaining, 8-3 Culver.
Williams would again answer for the Pride, opening up fourth-quarter scoring and netting a low-to-low shot during an extra-man opportunity, 8-4 Culver with 8:53 remaining in regulation.
The rest of the fourth-quarter was dominated by Culver's defense, sending quick and crisp double-teams and never allowing the Hill to generate shots from quality areas.
Anderson scored again on an empty-net opportunity to put Culver back up five, 9-4 with 3:30 remaining.
The Hill's Poitras got his second goal of the game with 2:06 remaining, making it a four-goal game. It would ultimately prove to be not enough, as regulation time expired with Culver up by four.
Face-off specialist and Denver signee Alec Stathakis (Northville, MI) dominated at the face-off dot, recording only one loss and going 94.5% on the day.
The Eagles finish the 20-1 and ranked No. 1 in the country.
You can watch the full game on-demand HERE.