In the third and final meeting this season between Lake Braddock and Langley's varsity boys lacrosse teams, Lake Braddock managed to hang on to the ball and a slim one-goal lead for a 7-6 Northern Region championship win last night in front of 1,500 at Lewis Stadium.

After being shut out in the first and third periods, Langley netted four goals in the fourth to chisel the Bruins' early 6-2 lead to only 7-6.

Langley attackman Matt Anderson led the offense with three goals, his last at 1:45.

Both teams needed to win the ensuing faceoff, one to hold onto a lead and the other to tie the game and possibly win it.

"Whoever won that faceoff could win the game," said Lake Braddock Coach Steve Price.

Bruins midfielder David Fink came up the winner.

Going into the second half with a 2-1 advantage, Langley was quickly overtaken by Lake Braddock's 3-0 third period.

But Langley's offense awoke during a man-advantage situation caused by an illegal stick penalty against Fink. Fink's short midfielders stick was a half-inch too short for regulation play and cost his team a three-minute penalty, during which Langley netted two goals to Lake Braddock's one for a 6-4 score.

"I just wanted to get back in there," Fink said of his stint in the penalty box. "That coach {asking for a stick check} did me a favor." He meant that the penalty spurred him on to win the decisive, final faceoff.

Beginning at the 8:05 mark, Lake Braddock, even more determined, scored two more goals, one while a player short.

Lake Braddock was led by David Spencer, who had three goals and three assists, including the winner at 1:53.