Girls lacrosse: Overtime introduced to regular season

Girls lacrosse: Overtime introduced to regular season

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Girls lacrosse: Overtime introduced to regular season

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Game action during a Section 1 girls lacrosse game between John Jay and Yorktown at John Jay-Cross River High School on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016. Yorktown won 15-5.

Game action during a Section 1 girls lacrosse game between John Jay and Yorktown at John Jay-Cross River High School on Tuesday, March 29th, 2016. Yorktown won 15-5.

After the confusion regarding Thursday’s Dobbs Ferry-Keio game ending in a 7-7 tie, here is clarification on a new rule for this season: sudden-death overtime in regular season games.

According to Gail Lozado, Eastchester’s head coach and the President of the Section 1 Coaches’ Association, both the association and Section 1’s athletic directors voted to adapt the sudden death rules from the 2016 US Lacrosse/National Federation of State High School Associations for this season.

Here’s the entire excerpt from the NFSHSA’s rulebook, under Rule 4, Section 7:

When the score is tied at the end of regular playing time and overtime is to be played, both teams will have a 5-minute rest and toss a coin (visiting captain calls) for choice of ends. The alternate possession shall continue from regulation. The game will be restarted by a center draw. The winner will be decided by “sudden victory.” The team scoring the first goal wins the game. Each overtime period will be no more than six minutes in length of stop-clock time (clock stops on every whistle). The clock will be stopped after 3 minutes of play in order for teams to change ends with no delay for coaching. No substitutions may occur at this time. The game will be restarted by a center draw.

If the teams are still tied after six minutes have elapsed, the teams will have a 3-minute rest and change ends. Substitutions may occur at this time. Play will continue with “sudden victory” stop-clock overtime periods of six minutes in length (two 3-minute halves) with 3 minutes in between and change of ends until a winning goal is scored.

Essentially, this means that there will be no more tie games; the overtime is indefinite until either team scores. The same format will also be used in sectional games.

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