Joe Koch profiles the Hampton boys lacrosse team.
(Photo: Chris Geraud celebrates with the championship trophy along with his Talbot teammates after Hampton defeated Canon-McMillan in the WPIAL Division II championship last Friday at Highmark Stadium. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)
"Not long after Canon-McMillan High School took a 9-6 lead against Hampton in the WPIAL Division II boys lacrosse championship game last Friday at Highmark Stadium, Talbots first-year coach Jim Vollberg believed his team had what it took to rally — and ultimately prevail — against the Big Macs.
"Senior leadership," he said. "The seniors really came through, and we had a lot of guys working hard. [Seniors] Nick Grabowski and Seve DiBucci both brought the guys in — and not just on the sidelines or on the field — but the whole season."
Grabowski, in particular, had a potent role in his team's comeback and ultimate 15-12 victory for the Talbots, who finished the season at 14-6. In Pennsylvania high school lacrosse, only the WPIAL teams that compete in Division I advance to the state tournament.
Grabowski's three goals came in a span of 5 minutes, 19 seconds. That flurry turned what had been a precarious 11-10 lead into a comfortable 14-10 margin. Canon-McMillan did close the gap to two goals, 14-12, but that's as close as the Big Macs (16-2) would get to the Talbots."