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fense to claw back into the game. The Hammers took the lead, 4-3, in the game's waning moments and then snuffed out multiple last-minute offensive advances by the Pachyderms. With 15 seconds remaining, however, the 'Derms' Ramiro Ponce (East Forsyth) ripped a bounce shot to send the game into overtime. The Hammers then won the first faceoff of overtime and moved the ball around to give Fernandez, the league scoring leader, a chance to work his magic from the left side. The game winner was Fernandez's third goal in the title game.Brian Fernandez (Eastern Alamance) dodged from the right side and calmly scored on a 10-yard bounce shot on the first possession of overtime to give the Hammers a stunning 5-4 win over the undefeated and top-seeded Pachyderms in tonight's High School HOTT Lax playoffs at Ivey Redmon Athletic Complex. After falling behind 3-1 at halftime, the Hammers used the faceoff play of Jac Patterson (Southern Alamance), a stingy defense, and a patient of
The Hammers reached the final with a convincing 6-1 victory over Category 5 in the semifinals, while the 'Derms advanced with a workmanlike 7-4 win over the Crease Monkeys in the other semifinal. The Hammers upset in the final ended the quest of Pachyderm coach Sam Newland to achieve an historic title three-peat. Congratulations to Coach Tyler Haines and the Hammers!