Senior midfielder Nicole Dvoretsky scored the game-winning goal with 33.4 seconds left on an assist from sophomore defender Amanda O’Lear as the Montville girls lacrosse team completed an eight-goal comeback and defeated Morristown-Beard 12-11 on Monday.
Dvoretsky, who also scored her 100th career goal, finished with seven goals and one assist as the Mustangs improved to 3-0 on the season.
“I’m amazed that it even went in, it was an amazing feeling and I’m glad that my teammates helped me get to that point and helped set me up for that goal,” she said. “It’s incredible how we fought back like that, I personally am amazed at how we did it, I didn’t really realize how much it paid off until I saw the number 12 actually go up there.”
Morristown-Beard (1-1) led the whole game and at the start of the second half senior defender Devon Flinn and senior attack Delaney Flinn scored two quick goals to give the Crimson a 10-4 lead with 19 minutes 22 seconds left to play.
Sixteen seconds later, Montville started its comeback. Senior attack Abby Haimson started it off with two goals to get within 10-6 with 17:49 to go and Dvoretsky added a free position goal three minutes later for a 10-7 game. Haimson struck again 20 seconds later on an assist from junior midfielder Zoe Tabakin to get the Mustangs within two, 10-8.
“We have actually struggled a little bit with allowing teams to have a run at the end of the game,” Montville coach Jen Mulvaney said. “That was one of our goals today, limiting a team’s run and it can be a game of runs and momentum shifts so luckily today at the end the momentum shift and the run was ours.”
With 12:55 to play Dvoretsky scored again for a 10-9 game, then scored a free position goal less than two minutes later to tie it up 10-10. Freshman attack Emma Polaski gave the Crimson back the lead when she picked up a ground ball at the 40-yard line, ran it up and deposited it behind Montville goalie Juliana Russo for the 11-10 lead with 4:38 to go.
The lead was short-lived as Dvoretsky tied it again 11-11 with 2:37 left and Tabakin won the ensuing draw control, giving Montville possession and setting up Dvoretsky’s heroics.
Tabakin was a big reason the Mustangs were able to come back at the end. In the first half Montville won only three draw controls while senior midfielder Carolyn Chambers won 10 for Morristown-Beard.
“Draw control was crucial, they were getting the draw and they were finishing on the offensive end,” said Mulvaney of the Crimson in the first half. “We started to get a few more draws and we started to finish on offense at the right time. (Tabakin) was crucial on the draw as well, possession doesn’t always show up in the stats in the paper but her role was crucial for us today, absolutely.”
At the start of the game both teams traded goals and the score was tied 3-3 with 10:32 left. From there Morristown-Beard took a 6-3 lead on two goals by Chelsea Kramer and a goal by Renee Dowart. Senior midfielder Carly DeNigris scored on an assist from Haimson with 4:47 left in the first half for a 6-4 game, but the Crimson closed it out with another two goals to lead 8-4 at halftime.
“I think it says that we’re a really strong team,” said Haimson when asked what the win meant for the Mustangs. “We work together really well and when it comes down to it we can finish it off and work together to do it.”
Montville 12, Morristown-Beard 11
GOALS: (M) Dvoretsky 7, Haimson 4, DeNigris; (MB) Delaney Finn 2, Kramer 2, Massini 2, Chambers 2, Devon Flinn, Polaski, Dowart; ASSISTS: (M) Dvoretsky, Haimson, DeNigris, Tabakin, O’Lear; (MB) Massini, Damstrom 2, Kramer 2; SAVES: (M) Russo 8; (MB) Fitzgerald 11.