Skip Lichtfuss beamed.
The Mount Washington coach had just watched his team defeat Victoria Royal Waxmen, 19-17, to win the 1991 Brodgen Cup yesterday at Norris Field. But that was just part of the story.
"Nobody thought it could be done," Lichtfuss said. "With both the Gaits playing and us missing our two top defenders, I'm not even sure our players thought they could do it. But we showed why we are the best lacrosse club in the country."
Lichtfuss was referring to Paul and Gary Gait, the star members of the Canadian team. Gary had missed the first two games of the best-of-three series because of his honeymoon, and Paul missed Friday's game because he was taking a quiz at Syracuse University. But he was in town Saturday, and he scored five goals, almost single-handedly leading the Waxmen to a series-evening win.
They were both on the field yesterday.
Meantime, the Wolfpack was without defenders Dave Pietramala, who is a coach at the University of Pennsylvania and had a commitment there, and Ron Klausner, who reinjured his foot Saturday night.
"If they [Victoria Royal Waxmen] had an emotional lift Saturday having Paul back, we had our lift by rallying around the guys we had lost," Lichtfuss said.
The Gaits still did all they could. Paul scored four and Gary scored two. But it wasn't enough.
Mount Washington used a more pass-oriented offense yesterday than it had Saturday. And the goal that gave the Wolfpack their final lead was a prime example.
With just more than 10 minutes to play and the score tied 16-16, defender Pat Youngs took the ball behind the Victoria goal. He then saw attackman Mike Morrill alone in front of the net. He shot a pass out to him and Morrill converted.
"It was just a great play by Pat," said Morrill, who had four goals and three assists. "He made a nice feed and I had an open net to shoot into. I had the easy job."
About two minutes after that score, Mount Washington goalie Quint Kessenich stopped a Bill Merechek shot from point-blank range.
"That play took some of the air out of their balloon," Morrill said.
Kessenich played the end of the first half and the entire second half for the Wolfpack. He made six saves.
"He did a real nice job," Lichtfuss said. "You stay with your hot man when he's doing well."