By MyFM's Jake Archer - The fifth-seeded Franklin High School boy’s lacrosse team couldn’t quite come up with a win against twelfth-seeded Xaverian on Sunday as they lost 8-7. The Panthers late rally came up just short and they were bounced from the playoffs earlier than expected.
It was the third year in a row that these two programs met up in the playoffs, but the first year in which Franklin would be favored. Junior Eric Civetti led the way for the Panthers with four goals, all of which came in the fourth quarter. Despite the late production, Civetti and the Panthers were a little too late.
Franklin did jump out to an early 1-0 lead three minutes into play, but Xaverian would match that and then take a 2-1 lead. Franklin found a way to get it back to tied and as the first quarter ended, it looked like this game might be a tight one.
In the second, Xaverian built a 5-3 lead that only grew to 7-3 in the third quarter. The Panthers would need a furious comeback late, and they made every effort to make that happen. Franklin got all the way back to within one goal before falling just shy of pulling off the rally. It was the fifth one-goal loss of the season for Franklin, who ends the season at 16-5.