by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
WHO THIS IS: Bobby Braun, a senior attackman from Coronado High School in San Diego, Calif. Braun is likely headed to Santa Barbara City College next year and isn't sure yet about playing lacrosse there.
WHAT HE DID: Braun played a big role in Coronado’s landmark 7-6 victory over St. Ignatius Prep last Saturday. He got two goals and two assists, having a hand in all three of his team’s second-half goals in the victory. Coronado had a 4-3 halftime lead. Braun scored the fifth and sixth goals and assisted on the seventh as the Islanders held on for the victory.
WHY WE NOTICED: Actually, this is a game that a lot of people noticed. St. Ignatius had not lost to a team from California since Danville Monte Vista handed it a 12-8 loss on April 4, 2006, according to westsidelax.com. Coronado looked like it was going to run away with this game, jumping out to a 7-3 lead in the second half, but the Islanders had to hold on, as St. Ignatius made a late run. The Wildcats held Coronado scoreless after about midway through the third quarter and got the game’s final three goals. St. Ignatius cut the lead to one with 31 seconds left, but Braun’s Islanders did not break. The victory sparked a huge celebration to the side of the Coronado cage. A large mass of Islanders formed a circle, jumping up and down and screaming. Braun scored the two key goals late and added two assists, all of which proved to be crucial .
WHAT HE SAID: "A lot of people were saying St. Ignatius can’t be beat, but we think we have a shot going into any game. We’re kind of a scrappy team, [working on] winning the ground balls, riding well and playing physical. It was a huge win for us and allows us to be more confident against our San Diego opponents. We are a team that focuses on one game at a time, putting forth all we have as a team, quarter by quarter. This win allowed our younger players to see how we measure up in California high school lacrosse. We were extremely excited to have stopped St. Ignatius’ California winning streak. It was great for our senior classmen because we had never beaten them, and we start out every season with a game against them."
WHAT'S NEXT: Coronado followed its win over St. Ignatius with a 9-5 victory Wednesday over San Diego rival La Costa Canyon. The Islanders are 3-0 heading into their game next Tuesday at Serra.
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