After 90 minutes of field hockey and one round of penalty strokes, Thursday’s Division 1 South first-round game between Dennis-Yarmouth and Wellesley came down to sudden-death strokes.
Sophomore Lyndsy Ransom scored for the third-seeded Dolphins and junior goalie Max Allen made a save on the No. 19 Raiders’ stroke to give D-Y the 2-1 win in four overtimes.
“Everyone was going crazy,” said D-Y coach Mary O’Connor. “They just have such a desire to win.”
The Dolphins needed last-minute heroics just to force a first overtime.
After the Raiders scored with 12:36 left in the first half, they held on to the 1-0 lead until the final minute of the second half. With 29 seconds left, senior Michaela Donohue scored off a corner when she took a pass from Tori O’Dea and tucked it home.
“They would not quit,” O’Connor said of her team. “We fought to the end.”
Allen kept the Dolphins alive through two 7-on-7, 15-minute overtimes when he fended off six shots from Wellesley. He got some help from sweeper Katelin Oberlander, who played strong defense.
“She saved our butt several times,” O’Connor said.
The third overtime saw the two teams sending five players each to take penalty strokes. Both teams converted on two, sending the game to a fourth overtime when Ransom scored the game-winner.
“The whole game was pretty intense,” O’Connor said. “I give Wellesley a ton of credit.”
D-Y will now await the winner of Franklin and New Bedford with a quarterfinal matchup set for Sunday at 1 p.m. in Yarmouth.
O’Connor is hoping that Thursday’s win will spark the Dolphins.
“I hope it motivates us to come out faster and stronger than we did, which I know we can do,” she said.
Sandwich 2, Mansfield 0 — Sophomore Anna Hurley made saves on two breakaways for the 14th-ranked Blue Knights (16-2-3).
Division 1 North
Needham 4, Danvers 0 — Senior Lexi Quirk had four assists for the Rockets (17-2-2).
Masconomet 5, Arlington 0 — Maddie LaFreniere scored two goals to lead the No. 2 Chieftains.
Westford 3, Lincoln-Sudbury 2 — Senior Jenna Klinka scored twice, including the winning goal in overtime for the Grey Ghosts (17-1-1).
Blackstone Valley 2, Greater Lowell 1 — Freshman Shannon Kelly scored seven minutes into the second overtime to give the host Beavers (12-4-4) the state vocational large schools championship.
Greater New Bedford 3, Blackstone Valley 0 — Emily Boulter (6 service points, 4 aces, 10 assists) and Katie Kelly (6 service points, 3 aces, 4 kills) led the Beavers (14-8) in their loss to the Bears (14-8) in the state vocational large schools final.
The 2013 BABC Veterans Day Classic tournament will be this weekend at the Mansfield Sportsplex. More than 30 boys’ basketball teams will compete in five age brackets. Play begins 8:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. For the complete schedule go to www.thebabc.com.
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