Ipswich would go on to score the next four goals: two from Jordan Morrissey and two from Jill Perry (who had a game-high 5 goals). Batchelder gave the Hornets a 5-4 lead with four minutes until halftime, but Moutevelis sent the Tigers into the break with momentum by tying the score with nine seconds left.
The teams traded goals for the majority of the second half, with Smith and Annie DeConto scoring for Manchester Essex and Perry scoring three more goals for the Tigers to give them an 8-7 lead.
With time ticking away, DeConto tied the score at eight with 1:32 on the clock. Manchester Essex controlled the ensuing draw looking to take the lead, but a turnover set the stage for Daly’s heroics.
Both goaltenders made sure things would not get out of hand as Eliza Statile made 10 saves for Ipswich, including a pair in the final five minutes from point blank range. Manchester Essex’s Katie Furbur also had a strong game with eight saves.
“Eliza has been doing a fantastic job. She leads the CAL in save percentage, and that pumps up the team around her,” Linehan said.
Manchester Essex fell to 6-6 with the loss and needs two wins over its final four games to qualify for the state tournament.