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By Christopher Lawlor

SOUTH HUNTINGTON, N.Y. – It was only fitting the second game of the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase went to overtime on Saturday.

And it was apropos that fogo Thomas Colucci won the faceoff from X to start the extra session and the nimble middie Cullen Wolff found a sliver of space and uncorked a goal off a hesitation move as No. 10 Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) rallied for a 12-11 sudden victory over No. 20 Darien (Conn.) at St. Anthony’s High School’s Cy Donnell Field.

The GEICO Showcase is a two-day event that gathered six powerhouse boys’ programs from four Middle Atlantic states conducted in Suffolk County, Long Island, one of the world’ incubators for lacrosse talent.

Colucci, who is off to Colgate in the fall, captured his 20th faceoff of the afternoon in 27 attempts and the Pirates zoomed to 14-0 on the campaign and will take that unbeaten record into Sunday’s game against No. 20 Ward Melville (Setauket, N.Y.) back at St. Anthony’s.

It was contest befitting a showcase between two programs from the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Top 25 High School Power Rankings.

Darien (8-2), which dropped a 10-5 decision to Manhasset (N.Y.) earlier this month, appeared in the clear late with an 11-9 when Thomas Hellman bagged his second goal of the game with 3:59 left.

But never count out the Prep.

Rutgers-bound junior attackman Kyle Stephenson clicked for two goals with 1:38 left and only 30 second later to tie it. Stephenson, the GEICO Most Valuable Player of the Game, finished with a hat trick. Virginia-bound Connell Kumar also scored three goals and Luke Blanc and Wolff added two apiece.

Todd Carolonza, who subbed in goal for the second half, had six saves. Prep committed 15 turnover (to only 10 for Darien) but outshot the Blue Wave, 44-42, and held a 39-35 edge in ground balls.

The Pirates, who are ranked No. 2 in New Jersey, used a 3-1 run in the fourth to force sudden victory and won at 2:59 off Wolff’s dodgy move on the left side.

Darien knows a thing or two about win streaks.

Granted Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) had a New Jersey best 13-game streak entering Saturday’s game; that paled in comparison to the run of 76 straight victories just a few seasons ago. Darien is Connecticut’s all-time winningest program and current No. 1 in the Nutmeg State overall rankings.

Michael Minicus completed his treble and Hudson Pokorny also scored for Darien’s first two-goal lead at 9-7.

Stephenson, one of Prep’s go-to goal scorers, finally netted a marker at 2:48 but Darien’s Jack Bogdan added an unassisted goal to give his team a 10-8 lead after three quarters.

That set up Prep’s comeback that stunned the Connecticut powerhouse.

Prep was unfazed when Darien’s Pokorny scored for the lead. That’s because the Blue Wave committed a cardinal lacrosse sin on the man-up. Prep won the faceoff at X after the slashing penalty and Blanc beat a double team to deposit his team’s seventh goal of the day.

The Blue Wave staged a late comeback in opening half and were up 6-5 at halftime. Darien outshot the New Jersey school, 25-21, and scooped 18 ground balls but only had four turnovers. Conversely, Prep committed six turnovers in the second period that paved the way for three Darien strikes, including Minicus’ second of the game to break the 5-all tie.

Ryan Kemp was the main set-up man in the first 24 minutes, assisting three times, as UMass-bound Luke Blanc gave the Pirates a temporary 5-4 lead at 7:08.

Prep was patient in the second and captured it first lead at 4-3 at 9:50 when Max Merklinger scored from Kemp.

Darien’s Hellman tied it at 5 with less than five minutes from Pokorny, who is an all-state goaltender on Darien’s ice hockey team. Darien went up at the break off a quick restart.

Prep’s Patrick Grimes, who played the first half, wound up with 11 saves.

SHP forged a 3-all tie after one, mainly winning all seven draws. The Pirates trailed for most of the quarter but evened things with 10.8 seconds left when Kumar buried a left-handed shot from 20 yards for his second of the afternoon.

Darien dictated the opening 10-plus minutes and took a 3-1 lead.

The Blue Wave came out firing and was the aggressors taking a 2-0 lead in just over four minutes. Colin Ruppenstein tallied an unassisted goal at 9:57 and two minutes later Henry Pfeifle’s unassisted strike on a well-place shots off his hip found the back of the net.

Seton Hall Prep answered 46 seconds later when Kumar halved the deficit. Darien regained a two-goal edge with its third goal in the opening seven minutes from Pokorny at 2:41.

Minicus topped the Blue Wave with three goals; Pokorny tallied five points on two goals and three assists; Hellman added a goal and two assists and Pfeife had two goals and a helper.

Goalie Andy Demopolous was courageous with 13 saves.