, Salem, MA


May 14, 2013

Last second tally by Ipswich ties Marblehead

IPSWICH — Some games you win, some games you lose ... and some games you tie in the wildest fashions.

The Marblehead High girls lacrosse team came back from a three-goal, first half deficit to take the lead against Ipswich with three minutes left yesterday afternoon before the host Tigers were whistled for a yellow card forced to play the rest of the game man down.

But Ipswich goalkeeper Jordan Morrissey intercepted a pass with 20 seconds left, got the ball to the midfield and eventually into the stick of Brigid O’Flynn, who heaved a desperation shot from 20 yards out that trickled into the Magicians’ goal with just one second left. The buzzer-beater was upheld after O’Flynn’s stick was checked by the official as Ipswich and Marblehead settled for a 9-9 tie.

“It was incredible. It was awesome. I’m so proud of my girls for not stopping,” said Ipswich (9-3-1) head coach Nicole Linehan. “We had a yellow card and were a man down, and it would have been easy for the girls to drop their sticks. The composure to keep their heads up and know the clock ... I just saw the ball trickle in between the goalie’s legs. It was pure excitement.”

The tie snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Magicians.

Tyler Phillips (4 goals) took the ball from end-to-end before finishing with a left-handed shot to give Marblehead (15-1-1) its first lead, 9-8, late in the contest. Phillips scored three goals in the second half and was effective taking draws.

The Magicians struggled scoring in the first half. Emily Freedland (2 goals) scored a quick-stick goal to put Marblehead on the board, but it took 15 minutes for the Magicians to find the back of the net again as the visitors trailed 6-3 at the half.

In the second half, Phillips used her speed and attacked the net while Fisher and Meggie Collins used quick-sticks on crease feeds to beat Morrissey (11 saves).

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