Donohoe lifts Hawks in double OT

No. 9 North Harford 11 Fallston 10

Girls lacrosse

April 28, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

With almost two minutes left and the game tied in last night's overtime girls lacrosse game at North Harford, Hawks senior Corey Donohoe got a yellow card and had to sit for three minutes.

Fortunately for Donohoe, there was time to return.

The game went into double overtime and Donohoe scored the game-winner on a free-position goal with four seconds left to lead the No. 9 Hawks to an 11-10 victory over Harford County rival Fallston.

Donohoe also scored the tying goal at the buzzer in regulation, making it 9-9, but a dangerous check brought her the yellow card and the three-minute break.

"That was horrible," Donohoe said, "but it kind of pumped me up, because I wanted to get back into the game. I wanted to get it back for my teammates, because I kind of let them down by getting out of the game."

The Hawks (10-1) won the draw in the second overtime but turned it over on a forced pass inside. The Cougars, however, never got a chance at a shot. When they got to their attacking end, Hawks defender Johanna Gibson made a terrific play on a double team to check the ball away and get the ground ball with 34 seconds left.

Moving quickly in transition, the Hawks got the ball to Donohoe, who drew the double team and a foul. She was ready to face Fallston's Natalie Rau, who had a terrific game with 13 saves.

"I knew exactly what I was doing when I went in to face her and shot high left," said Donohoe, who finished with two goals and three assists.

While Donohoe contributed perhaps the most exciting goals, her teammate Meagan Linkous scored four goals. Defensively, Gibson caused five turnovers.

The Cougars (7-4) led by two as late as 14:37 left in the second half, but North Harford scored three goals in the final 9:12 to tie. Rox Raab gave the Cougars a 9-8 lead with 25 seconds left, finishing a strong passing sequence off a feed from Monica Fischer.

Rau then saved a shot by Linkous with 12 seconds left, but Donohoe picked off her short clear attempt and netted the tying goal.

"Natalie made some huge saves," Fallston coach Mike McTeague said, "and it's really been going this way all year long with her. All you can ask of your goalie is to make enough saves to put you in position to win the game and she's done that every game."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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