After going scoreless in Southern's 13-12 girls lacrosse victory over St. Mary's last Thursday, the Bulldogs' Liza Bigger made sure she wouldn't be left out of another important victory.
So with 53 seconds left in the second overtime of yesterday's game against visiting Annapolis, the 5-foot-10 senior tallied her third goal of the game to lift the Bulldogs to an 11-10 win.
"I was a little lazy last week, but I wasn't going to miss out onthe fun this time," said Bigger, who raised her season total to 13 goals and helped the Bulldogs (6-0) to remain unbeaten.
The game, the second of a boys and girls lacrosse doubleheader, was a battle of unbeatens, with Annapolis (4-1), ranked No. 5 in The Baltimore Sun's girls lacrosse poll and Southern ranked No. 8.
The boys contest was tied at 1-1 after the first quarter, and 3-3 at halftime, before Annapolis (2-3) outscored previously unbeaten Southern, 3-0, in the third quarter en route to winning, 7-3.
In the girls game, Southern (5-1) led, 9-6, with 10 minutes left in regulation after Talaya Barnett (23 goals) converted her third goal of the game, but the Panthers stormed back to tie it, 9-9, on two goals by Shannon Cordell and another by Cheryl Ragland.
Scoring leader Cristi Samaras (23 goals) tallied her fourth goal to put Annapolis ahead, 10-9, in the first overtime, but Becky Archambo (12 goals) netted her only goal to tie the game at 10 in the second overtime before Bigger nailed the clincher.
The contest shaped up as a classic battle between Southern's prolific offense and Annapolis' stingy defense.
Before last Friday's 9-7 overtime victory over five-time Class 4A-3A state champion Severna Park, the Panthers' defense of seniors Carrie Lewis (goalie), senior defenders Emily Chones and Kirstin Chiari, juniors Cory Samaras and Inga Fredland and sophomore Ragland, had allowed just 12 goals.
But the Bulldogs have scored nearly twice as many goals (101) as the Panthers (54). The firepower revolves around seniors Jennie Young and Barnett (each with 23 goals), sophomore Kari Sherbert (18) and seniors Rachel Gladwell (12) and Bigger (13).
And it was Barnett (three goals), Sherbert, Young and Bigger (each with two goals in the game), whosparked the Bulldogs to leads of 2-0 early, and 6-5 at the half.
The Panthers opened the second half by missing their first six consecutive shots before Barnett and Bigger tallied to put their team ahead, 8-5.
Annapolis' Ali Naditch took a pass from Nicole Deschamps tocut it to 8-6, but Barnett scored again to make it 9-6 with 10 minutes to go.
For Annapolis, Cordell and Lauren Feinstein (six goals) each had two goals, while Heather Knutson contributed another for a Panthers' squad, which boasts just seven seniors -- five of whom start-- on a 21-player roster.
One of those seniors, second-leading scorer Cory Harmon (eight goals, three assists) injured her right knee against Severna Park and could be out for the year.
The Panthers, under third-year coach Sue Chittim, are looking to continue its questfor respectablity.
Southern, under sixth-year coach Linda Kilpatrick, had won three Class 2A-1A state titles in four appearances before missing the playoffs for the first time with a 4-8 record last year.
In the boys game, the Panthers had built a 3-1 second-quarter lead, but the Bulldogs closed with tallies from Mike Eicens and when Paul Schiavone (two goals, one assist) kicked a loose ball into the goal with 1:08 left. Annapolis held an early 1-0 lead in the first quarter, but Southern's John Mooreland scored the equalizer with 1:52 remaining.
Panther defenders David Winegrad and Brendan Bellotte and goalie Tony Knight (12 saves) were stalwarts for the Panthers, who were led offensively by Dan Flynn, Jak Karl, Mike Fraoli and Taylor Boone (all with a goal and an assist).
Clancy Cornwall and Eric Morgantallied a goal each.
Annapolis coach Dan Hart was particularly worried about Southern, which had beaten Arundel, the only common opponent between the two teams, 7-1, while Annapolis had lost, 9-6, to theWildcats.
"We kind of dug ourselves a hole early this year, so every win now is very important," said Hart. "If we don't continue to win, this game means nothing."