WILMINGTON – Tower Hill and Charter School of Wilmington battled in a back-and-forth girls’ lacrosse game that had five ties and four lead changes in regulation at Tower Hill’s Richardson Field Wednesday afternoon.
The Hillers refused to let the overtime sessions play out the same way as regulation did. They controlled the tempo by winning the majority of the draws in extra time and scored a pair of goals to earn a 10-8 win over the fifth-ranked Force.
“I think it was more draw winning and more composure,” Emma Lynch said of Tower Hill’s play in overtime. “I think we took care of our passes more. On defense, I think they did a good job in the overtime.”
Midway through the first overtime, Lynch had possession of the ball for Tower Hill and raced her way down the field, and as she made her run towards the net, the ball was knocked out of her stick.
Lynch did not panic and coolly picked up the ball, and in one motion, shot it into the net to give the Hillers a 9-8 lead, which was their first lead since the first half.
Tower Hill (11-3) added to its lead in the second extra period when it won the opening draw and worked its way down the field, and Kiva Walsh gave the Hillers a two-goal lead when she scored 42 seconds into the period.
In the two three-minute overtime sessions, Tower Hill won three of the four draws, and that proved to be the difference as it limited the time the Force had possession of the ball.
“We had trouble with draws today. They controlled more of the draws in the overtime, and if we could have won more of the draws, it may have been a little bit different,” Charter head coach Cindy DePrisco said. “We played our hearts out. It was a great game. It was exciting and great for the fans. It was really good.”
The game went to overtime thanks to a dramatic final three minutes in which both teams scored. With the score knotted up at 7-7, Caroline Grasso scored with 2:59 left in regulation to give the Force a one-goal lead.
The Hillers tied it up just 89 seconds later when Abigail Manning scored off a pass from Lynch to make it 8-8, and Tower Hill had to survive one last surge by Charter when Ellie Wakefield stopped three shots over the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
Lynch had two goals and two assists for the Hillers while Walsh added a hat trick, and Alexandra Mash had four goals to lead the Force.