BRUNSWICK – Freshman Tom Lawson scored the tying goal in regulation and notched the winner at 2:43 of sudden-death overtime as fourth-seeded Cheverus stunned top-seeded Brunswick 9-8 in an Eastern Class A boys’ lacrosse semifinal Saturday.

The game was tight throughout. The biggest lead for either team was two goals — Brunswick led 5-3 and 6-4.

The game was tied at 7 before Brunswick’s Cam Glover came out of the left corner and fed Winston Sullivan on the right side for a goal that put the Dragons (13-1) ahead with 5:05 left.

Lawson then scored off an assist from Spencer Amberson with the Stags (10-4) a man up. Both teams squandered their final possessions of regulation.

Cheverus goalie Colm Pusey stopped a bid by Seth Holmblad early in overtime, and Cheverus took a timeout.

Less than a minute later, Lawson came out from behind the net and beat Theron Wilgus from 10 yards away for his third goal of the game.

“Definitely that was the biggest goal of the year for me,” said Lawson. “I wasn’t thinking shot, but I saw an opening between the goalie and the defender and went for it.

“The whole game was a great team effort. We knew Brunswick had a great team, but we did everything we needed to do.”

“There’s no question Brunswick is the best team we’ve faced this year,” said Cheverus Coach Deke Andrew, “but this group of players has a lot of confidence. They’re loose and they have fun.

“We kept it close for the first three quarters, and all along I thought the fourth would be the key.”

Brent Green and Jack Sutton each scored twice for Cheverus.

The Dragons led 4-3 at halftime on two goals each from Sullivan and Holmblad. Sullivan scored twice more to give the Dragons a 6-4 lead in the third quarter.

“We have a great group of kids,” said Brunswick Coach Don Glover. “The leadership of the seniors has been exemplary, and this kind of loss is always toughest on them.

“But it was a great game. I wish I wasn’t in the coach’s box and could just watch as a fan.”