Of all the amazing, highlight reel lacrosse goals over the years, none may be better than the one served up by Gonzaga (D.C.) College Prep defenseman Matt Borda on Monday night.
During Gonzaga's Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game victory against archrival Good Counsel (Md.) School, Borda found himself trying to kill time with his team nursing a 9-8 lead in the final minute.
According to NBC Washington, Borda found himself cornered with his team a man down after a teammate's penalty, leaving the sophomore with little choice but to let loose a massive, long sticked-heave down the field in the hope of killing a few more seconds off the clock.
What he got might be the single greatest insurance goal scored in the history of lacrosse.
"I've never seen something like that in a game," said fourth-year Gonzaga head coach Casey O'Neill. "It was absolutely unbelievable. I didn't know what to do.
"He is a great athlete. It is definitely nice to see a younger kid have an amazing moment like that."
The goal clinched a 10-8 win and a second WCAC title in four years for Gonzaga. In all likelihood, it also clinched lasting Internet celebrity status for Borda. While he has two more years of scholastic lacrosse in his future, it seems highly unlikely that Borda will be able to top a goal he scored from behind his own goal ... in his time at Gonzaga or for the rest of his career.
"When that one goes in, you just know you got it — the Gods are on your side," Gonzaga senior David Planning told the Washington Post. "When that goes in, you just breathe a sigh of relief."