MANCHESTER — Hamilton-Wenham girls lacrosse coach Amanda Chase sensed her team might have a little anxiety with possession and the game on the line.
So she elected to take a timeout — and it paid off in a huge way.
The Generals came out of the timeout and scored the game-tying goal, then the game-winner 47 seconds later in a huge 8-7 win over Manchester Essex yesterday at Hyland Field.
The host Hornets had the ball and a one-goal lead with about three minutes to go. They possessed the ball long enough to tick the clock down under 90 seconds remaining, but the Generals forced a turnover and took the ball over midfield. That’s when Chase called for the timeout.
“I’m glad I called that timeout (with 1:15 to play) to settle them down a little. I know they were flustered and I called it to compose them a little bit,” Chase said. “They knew exactly what they had to do ... and they did it. I told them not to force it and they didn’t.
“I told them we still had a minute and 15 or 30 seconds, whatever it was. I reminded them there was still plenty of time. We didn’t have to go right to goal.”
The Generals worked the ball around a little, then Jenn Casey circled in front of the net and beat Manchester Essex goalie Katie Furber to tie the game with 52 seconds left. Casey was fouled after the shot, which allowed Hamilton-Wenham to regain possession at midfield.
Kendell Santin then put in the game-winner with only 4.9 seconds remaining on a free possession.
“One of our issues all season has been getting overly excited, whether it be good or bad,” Chase said after her team improved to 4-3 overall. “They did really good with that.”