Max Ritz scores last-minute winner for STX in LXM Pro
Attackman Max Ritz (Maryland) scored the winning goal off a helper from his brother, Xander, in the final minute as Team STX defeated Maverik United, 16-15, on the LXM Pro Tour on Saturday in Del Mar, Calif. STX rallied from a 4-0 deficit, the largest lead in the game for either team. Rolling off a pick set by Brendan Porter, former Chesapeake Bayhawk Johnny Christmas scored his third goal of the night to tie the game at 14 late in the fourth quarter. With 50 seconds left, an outside shot from Greg Peyser (Johns Hopkins) was deflected and found its way past Maverik goalie Johnny Rodriguez (Mount St. Joseph, Salisbury) to give Team STX the lead. The advantage would be short-lived, however, as Brandon Corp scored out of the timeout on a blistering dodge down the right alley to tie the game with 29 seconds left. Maxx Davis (Friends, UMBC) won the ensuing faceoff, allowing Team STX to take a final timeout before Ritz's winner. Max Ritz had five goals and six points, both game highs, while his brother, also an attackman, added a goal and an assist. Midfielder Sam Bradman chipped in three goals and an assist for STX, Attackman Erik Krum (Salisbury) finished with four goals in the loss. STX also got two goals from midfielder Kyle Harrison (Friends, Johns Hopkins) and one from Peyser. Matt Russell (Navy) made 18 saves to pick up the win for STX, while Rodriguez had nine saves for Maverik.