The vaunted visitors from the North proved to be just as good as advertised.
Everest Academy, a preparatory school in Thornhill, Ontario (just north of Toronto) visited Wasmer Field on a beautiful Saturday morning.
The Wildcats battled hard throughout, but the visitors emerged with the victory, 15-10, dropping the hosts to 3-2 on the season.
Everest started out hot, scoring the first goal and two more in the first period. Brent Chernosky tallied a goal to mark the scoreboard for Saint Ignatius, but the Big E held a 3-1 lead after one.
Following an Everest tally, Michael Boehm sniped the opposing net with a gorgeous goal, his first of four. And thanks to another goal by Boehm and one by Jacob Bourquin, the Wildcats brought the contest within one, 6-5, at the break.
The team traded shots and goals in the third period, with Everest tallying 6 goals to the Wildcats' 5. The Lax Cats trailed by just two heading into the final stanza.
A comeback seemed to be possible, but Everest wore the Wildcats down in the fourth quarter, outscoring the hosts, 3-0. The Lax Cats battled ferociously, but simply could not pierce an Everest defense that strengthened late in the game.
The loss stung some, but the Wildcats could take solace in going toe-to-toe with one of the premier lacrosse teams in North America.
Boehm emerged with a team-high four goals, giving him 11 goals in 3 games this week. Six other Wildcats found twine, with Alex Maruna contributing two assists.
Anthony Ameo deserves a heap of credit, too, for winning 15-of-27 faceoffs against Everest. And while goalie Carter Blossey surrendered some goals, the senior made some terrific saves for the blue and gold.
ELSEWHERE: The JV Gold Cats defeated Brother Rice on the road, 18-6, and the JV Blue Cats downed Rocky River's JV team, 12-4.
NEXT UP: The Wildcats will return to action on Wednesday, traveling south to face North Canton Hoover.