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Men's Lacrosse News & Highlights

July 17, 2012

#6: Ivy Becomes Internet Sensation

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Zac Ivy scored five goals as Eastern locked up the top seed in the Freedom Conference Tournament with a 16-2 win over Misericordia (11-4), but it was his tumbling one-handed behind-the-back effort that turned into one of the biggest stories of the year.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.- The goal by itself was not all that important. Eastern University Men's Lacrosse had already imposed its will on a Misericordia squad that had won ten straight games earlier in the year. The way Zac Ivy scored the goal, however, set it apart.

Eastern would eventually top the Cougars 16-2 in the final regular season game for both squads. Early in the fourth quarter, Ron Johnson picked up a pass near the top of the Eastern defensive box. The California native carried the ball with speed toward the Cougar goal. Sophomore midfielder Travis Park, who had picked up the initial ground ball, joined the attack, and the Eagles had a 5-on-3 edge in transition.

Ivy flashed across the crease looking for a lead pass. Johnson's pass was low and late. Ivy made a one-handed grab, but his momentum had already carried him past the near post. Much to everyone's amazement, the junior attack took just the slightest hitch to get the ball in his stick and dropped shot right beneath the stunned Misericordia goalkeeper.

After the game, Eastern Assistant SID Brandon Hodnett clipped the video and posted it to Vimeo and added the link to the game story. That version of the goal was embedded in numerous lacrosse websites, several of which dubbed it 'goal of the year.'   

On Saturday, the goal was viewed just over 1000 times. By Monday evening, the numbers were over 10,000. While traffic slowed a bit, the video reached 17,000 hits by the end of the school year. By the time a second version of the goal- with slow motion- was posted to Youtube, the goal was viewed nearly 35, 000 total views.

Eastern went on to win the first Freedom Conference and the last MAC Men's Lacrosse Championship, and many will talk about that for a long time, but Ivy's goal will always be mentioned whenever anyone mentions 2012 Eastern Lacrosse.

Eastern University Athletics enjoyed perhaps its most successful year to date in the '11-'12 academic year. In anticipation of another tremendous year of athletic accomplishment, goeasterneagles.com will recap top stories through the month of July. The top ten stories of 2011-12 were selected from fan-balloting done during the month of June.

Updated: Monday, 29 November 1999

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