With assist from Franke, Towson wins in third OT

No. 15 Towson 8 No. 4 Dulaney 7

girls lacrosse

May 06, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

Towson's Emily Franke looked for a little vindication in triple overtime of yesterday's Baltimore County girls lacrosse showdown with Dulaney.

The senior drew a double team and dished to Kaitlin Feeney, who made a terrific cut to the middle to score the deciding goal and give the No. 15 Generals an 8-7 sudden-death upset over the No. 4 Lions. The victory earned Towson a berth in Tuesday's county championship game for the first time since 2004.

With 50 seconds left in regulation, Franke scored the potential game-winning goal but lost it when the official said he saw her pulling the strings on her crosse to tighten a possibly illegal pocket. Franke protested that she hadn't pulled the strings, but the goal was erased.

"I play best when I'm angry, and I was furious after that call," Franke said with a laugh. "I got real nervous when they sent that double team, so I was looking for whoever was open and Kaitlin saved me by giving me a cut."

The host Generals (9-4) also got a terrific effort from goalie Abby Buresh, who made five of her 13 saves in overtime.

Towson needed a late rally to recover after the two-time defending county champion Lions (11-2) took a 6-3 lead on Mary Heneberry's goal with 16:02 to go in regulation. Franke scored two goals and Sarah Flynn tied it at 6-6 with a free-position goal.

The teams traded goals in the first overtime and no one scored in the second, but Franke hit Feeney with 1:42 left in the third.

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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