Mount Washington Club outlasted Chesapeake Lacrosse Club on Saturday at Norris Field in what many say was the longest lacrosse game in history.
Lou Delligatti's unassisted goal 1 minute, 19 seconds into the sixth four-minute overtime period gave the Mounties a 15-14 victory over the Peakers and the Southern Division championship in the United States Club Lacrosse Association. The game took 101 minutes, 19 seconds.
"The actual time was more than three hours," said Mount Washington coach Skip Lichtfuss. "In actual playing time, we played four 20-minute quarters of running time, five overtime periods of four minutes each and a minute and 19 seconds into the sixth. It was the most bizarre game I have ever been associated with.
"We played in temperatures in the mid-90s, and it was humid. After the game, I felt as physically spent as I ever did when I was playing. I was exhausted. I think it is a tribute to the conditioning of our players that no one on either team had to stop playing or got sick."
Lichtfuss said he has had people tell him that it was the greatest lacrosse game they had seen.
"I don't know about it being the greatest game, but it sure was a good one -- a phenomenal one," he said. "We both had our opportunities to win it earlier, but the goalies, Barney Aburn for Chesapeake and Quint Kessenich for us, were outstanding. We have been involved in seven overtime games in the last six years and we are 6-1, and Delligatti has won four of those games for us.
"On his game-winner, Louie took a shot from outside that got through a lot of bodies and past Aburn. It wasn't the greatest shot in the world, but it gave us the victory."
The victory gave Mount Washington the opportunity to defend its USCLA championship Saturday at 4 p.m. against the Northern Division winner, New York AC, in the Hall of Fame Lacrosse Classic at Homewood Field.
* The Lacrosse Classic, three days of championship and all-star games, runs Thursday through Saturday at Homewood Field on the Johns Hopkins University campus.
The event will begin Thursday with the dedication of the new Lacrosse Foundation National Headquarters and Hall of Fame Museum and the North-South Old Timers game at 5 p.m.
Friday will feature the Baltimore City Middle School championship, the Women's North-South College All-Star game, the Men's Division I North-South College All-Star game and the Men's Junior College All-Star Game.
In addition to the USCLA game, Pinball Youth games, Maryland Youth Lacrosse Association All-Star, Midget and Junior championship games, men's and women's high school all-star games, the Division III college all-star game and the Central Atlantic club league title game (Perry Hall LC vs. Central Jersey LC) will be played Saturday.
For ticket information, call the Lacrosse Foundation at 235-6882.
* The annual U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American awards luncheon will be held at the Hyatt in Baltimore, Saturday at noon. For ticket information, contact the Lacrosse Foundation.