In one of the more exciting high school games in recent memory, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team scored two goals in the final two minutes to win yesterday’s quarterfinal game of the MIAA Division II South tournament by a final score of 13-12.
With the win, the fifth-seeded Vineyarders (14-4-1) advance to a semifinals game against eighth-seeded Duxbury (14-4-1). The game will be held on the Island Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at the regional high school main athletic field.
Senior Jane Alexander scored on a pass from Cristina Wiley with 2:01 left to tie the game at twelve goals a piece. The two then switched roles on the next sequence as Alexander got the ball low to Wiley in the box who scored the winning goal with 1:21 left in the game. The end of the game was strangely similar to the teams’ final meeting of the season in which the Canalmen scored with ten seconds left to beat the Vineyarders.
Following the game, coach Betsy Dripps marvelled at both her team’s play and the highly charged finish.
“This was the most exciting game my team has played all year, and the most exciting game I have ever coached. The kids just stayed in the game and worked hard to play as a team . . . the defense was outstanding, and everyone contributed to the scoring. It was a great team performance,” she said.