The offenses were on fire Thursday night at Scott O’Leary Stadium, as Dos Pueblos won a girls lacrosse shootout against Royal, 26-25.
Avery Ball scored the game-winning goal with 41 seconds left in the game after Lauren Elliott tied the score with 1:26 to go.
“An average girls lacrosse game has a total of 20 goals split between two teams, so to see 51 goals scored between the two teams with high-achieving, college-committed goalkeepers is truly a historic event,” said DP coach Sam Limkeman.
The teams traded leads all night.
“It was mentally, emotionally, and physically, draining on both teams,” said Limkeman. In my eight years of coaching and my many years of playing, I have never played, coached, or read about a game this high scoring.”
Harmony Hall gave Royal and 25-24 lead with 1:52 to go.
“In a normal game, I might be worried that they had just won the game. But with a score coming every 15-45 seconds in this game, I knew we were still in it,” said Limkeman. “We needed to win the draw, which Caitlin Duncan did, and then we brought the ball down and Lauren Elliott scored with 1 minute and 26 second left to tie the game.”
The coach expected the game to go into overtime, but Ball won the next draw and went down the field and scored to put the Chargers in the lead.
“Again, in a normal game, we generally think the game was ours, but we weren’t feeling safe yet. We knew we needed to win the next draw, which Avery Ball did and she held the ball for the remaining 40 seconds of the game to secure our ‘absurd’ 26-25 win.”
Elliott led the Chargers with nine goals, Ball had six, Cait Duncan scored five and Alice Sperling and Miranda Hough-Pattison each had two. Ball was the leader in assists with five and won seven draws. Elliott won six and Duncan had five
“As a team, we won 20 draws and they won 31 draws. Generally, those who win more draws win the game. However, our defense was ready.”
Goalie Maddie Nees made 12 saves. Autumn Litten had three interceptions and four groundball wins; Makayla Severson had five groundball wins and one caused turnover.
Yesenia Valdez and Rubi Friedenberg forced turnovers and stopped drives, said Limkeman.