The promise became reality.
The Desert Vista Thunder D1 Varsity Lacrosse team won the Arizona Lacrosse League high school championship for the first time since 2000 with a 10-2 win over Brophy at Arcadia High on Saturday.
Attacker Anthony Abbadessa, who had five goals and two assists on the night, led the team on the offensive side.
On the other side of the ball, defender Cade van Raaphorst and goaltender Brad Hookom stifled the Brophy attack.
“We wanted to come in and play as a team, and that’s exactly what we did. That’s really what helped us out in the end,” van Raaphorst said.
He also touted the performance of Hookom, calling him the anchor of the team, with seven saves on 22 shot attempts by the Broncos.
As the first half was coming to a close, Hookom made arguably the defensive play of the game. While a man down, he heaved the ball down field as time expired. This forced the second half to start with a midfield faceoff instead of a Brophy possession in their attacking zone.
“[Hookom] just had an outstanding game,” said head coach Dan Lannon. “He’s been waiting all year for a tough game like this so he could stand out like he did.”
His night in the cage was made easier by a 5-0 lead going into half time, thanks in large part to Abbadessa.
The attacker scored less than four minutes into the game and twice more on the man advantage later in the first quarter. His third goal with 37 seconds left in the quarter would eventually be the game winner.
“[Abbadessa’s] been the strongest leader I’ve had the pleasure of coaching,” Lannon said. “He brought the team here, and was an influential aspect in all parts of the game.”
The Broncos started to gain momentum after their third quarter goal, but four goals in as many minutes by the Thunder in the fourth quarter sealed the deal.
“The whole team just played tremendous, I couldn’t ask for more from them,” Lannon said.
Abbadessa, who had a hand in 70 percent of his team’s points, was voted the game’s MVP.
Argeros is a junior journalism student at Arizona State.
BCP 0-0-1-1— 2
1st Quarter: 1, DESERT VISTA, Abbadessa 8:17; 2, DESERT VISTA, Abbadessa (Zingale) 1:57; 3, DESERT VISTA, Abbadessa 0:37
2nd Quarter: 4, DESERT VISTA, van Raaphorst 9:33; 5, DESERT VISTA, Vargas, 4:14
3rd Quarter: 1, BROPHY, Paul 4:07
4th Quarter: 6, DESERT VISTA, Votto (Abbadessa) 10:22; 7, DESERT VISTA, Abbadessa 9:07; 8, DESERT VISTA, Abbadessa 6:44; 9, DESERT VISTA, Votto (Lewis) 6:07; 10, DESERT VISTA, Ames (Abbadessa) 4:31; 2, BROPHY, Pitt 4:24
Nordstrom-BCP (L) 5-1-2-2—10
Hookom-DVHS (W) 1-3-2-1—7