Liberty slips past Dulaney in 4th OT, 10-9, on Voight goal

Midfielder scores four in game with 8 tie scores

Girls lacrosse

High School

March 29, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Frustration threatened to swallow Liberty midfielder Meagan Voight after her third straight potentially game-winning shot went awry during the fourth overtime yesterday against Dulaney.

To her credit, she shrugged off the misses in the second of two three-minute sudden-death overtimes, and her fourth shot found the net, ending the marathon game with a 10-9 Liberty victory.

"All I knew is that it had to go in soon," Voight said. "I was very frustrated."

Voight scored four goals and assisted on another to spark the offense, and goalkeeper Kelly Roy, playing her second varsity game, made 20 saves to key the defense of No. 8-ranked Liberty.

"Kelly did a great job and saved our team," Voight said. "I'm just happy, relieved and glad it's over. This was a big game for both teams."

Liberty (2-0) ended Dulaney's season last year in the playoffs, so the Timonium team had plenty of motivation yesterday in Eldersburg. And after Lauren Wittelsberger scored with 1:26 left in regulation to tie the game at 8-8, momentum swung Dulaney's way.

Wittelsberger (three goals, one assist) also scored in the first three-minute overtime, giving No. 15-ranked Dulaney a 9-8 lead. But Lindsay Weiner bailed out Liberty with her goal in the second overtime.

Roy made two saves in the third overtime, in which previously unbeaten Dulaney (2-1) had a couple of free-position scoring opportunities.

"They took a lot of low shots today, and that was a strong point for me," Roy said. "I knew they'd go low."

Dulaney coach Tina Wasowicz blamed the loss on too many low shots and on allowing Liberty too many free-position shots.

"And," she said, "we had two goals taken away because our sticks were in the crease -- sloppy stuff."

Tracey Mullaney kept Dulaney in the game with five goals, including the Lions' first three.

Neither team ever led by more than a goal, and there were eight ties.

Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn chewed out her players at halftime for sloppy play, criticism that resulted in increased intensity in the second half.

"We haven't worked hard, and Dulaney was primed to upset us," she said. "We did not play fundamentally sound. Their first two goals were on turnovers. We didn't take care of the ball. Dulaney is a high-quality team that makes you work for everything you get. I'm just glad that Meagan [Voight] still wanted the ball at the end."

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