After tying things up 10-10 in the conference-rivalry matchup between the Indian River High School and Sussex Tech girls’ lacrosse teams on Thursday, May 4, IR senior midfielder Lexi Haden was forced to the sideline when she was struck by a ricocheted shot at the start of overtime.
The second-year captain and leading scorer for the Indians wouldn’t stay down for long, however, getting subbed back in shortly afterwards and hauling in a pass from junior midfielder Delaney Brannon to tally her lucky No. 7 score on the day and seal the 11-10 win for the Indians as the celebration ensued.
While end-of-game theatrics made for a storybook way for the Indians to send out their four seniors (Lexi Haden, Erin Haden, Sara Saylor and Alexis Purcell) in their final home game, what would turn out to be an OT thriller was almost decided before it even got under way.
The Indians had taken a 6-4 lead into halftime, going on to manufacture a four-goal lead in the second-half, but a late-game rally gave the Ravens a 10-9 lead with less than a minute left in regulation.
It was Haden with the ball when the game was on the line that time as well, scoring her sixth goal as the equalizer that made it 10-10 before a last-second stop by IR junior goalkeeper Mya Parks kept the Ravens off the board and sent the game to sudden-death. Then Lexi Haden tallied her seventh goal of the day and the match for the Indians.
Brannon, junior midfielder Helen Davis and freshman attacker Kaylee “K-Hall” all also notched goals for the Indians in the win, while Tech was led by four goals from Aleksandra Bada and three from Kathryn Giles.
Parks finished with 11 total saves, including the one that sent the game to overtime, while Tech’s Ella Messick racked up six saves in the matchup.