Heekin, Bulldogs prevail in overtime against Woodstock
MANCHESTER >> What a week it has been for the Burr and Burton girls lacrosse team.
Coming off a thrilling comeback victory over rival Mount Anthony on May 11, the Bulldogs rallied again in their win on the 13th, coming back from a six-goal deficit in the first half to defeat Woodstock in overtime.
After junior Jessie Forstmann won the face-off for BBA to start the overtime period, sophomore Shayla Heekin rose to be the hero for the Bulldogs.
With a free position shot off the Woodstock penalty, Heekin fired a shot that bounced right over the Wasps goaltender's stick into the net for her team-high sixth goal of the game to give the Bulldogs a 12-11 overtime victory.
"It was such an amazing feeling to score the winning goal in overtime and help my team with the game," Heekin said. "I was just thinking that my team needed me to come through here to get the win and I am so happy that I was able to come through there for them to get the win."
Down 8-4 midway through the second half, the Bulldogs embarked on their comeback trail, when junior Bella Dworkin broke free from the Woodstock defense and slashed in her first goal of the game to make it a three score game.
Forstmann then won the following face-off and ran down the middle field on touched, slamming home her second goal of the contest to cut the Woodstock lead to two.
After Forstmann cracked the hat trick club to bring BBA within one, Heekin completed the comeback for the Bulldogs, scoring her third goal of the game off a nice feed from Forstmann to tie the game at 8-8.
"Our communication as an offensive unit was so much better in the second half," Forstmann said. "We played very sloppy in the first half. Making passes and turning the ball over a lot, so passing the ball around better in the second half really got our offense going and opened up scoring opportunities for us."
BBA then took their first lead of the game when Forstmann again dished another great pass, this time to junior Lydia Morgantini who knocked in her first goal of the afternoon and the Bulldogs we up 9-8.
Heekin then got back into the scoring fold for the Bulldogs, scoring two answered goals on nice passes from senior Aggie Bisselle to extend BBA's lead to three.
"We controlled the ball and played our game in the second half, and that helped us get the lead," said BBA coach Jennifer Brenner. "In the first half Woodstock controlled the flow of the game and we knew that to get back in the game in the second half that we needed to take control of the game, so the girls went out there and took the game over."
Leading 11-8 with under four minutes to go, it looked like BBA had their second comeback win of the week in the bag, but Woodstock wasn't going down with out a fight.
After the Wasps scored two unanswered goals to cut BBA's lead to one, Woodstock's Grace Vosburgh who was a pain in the side for the Bulldogs all game long, came around the net and scored her sixth goal of the contest with 13 second remaining in regulation to tie the game at 11-11 and force overtime.
The Bulldogs though in overtime were able to bounce back from Vosburgh's game tying goal and with their overtime win were able to improve to 6-5 on the season.
Senior Cat Greenberg had a goal scored in the win for the Bulldogs.
"I'm very proud of the girls and how they have been able to bounce back from the rocky starts we have had the past few games to get the win," Brenner said. "We had a tough start to the season, but the girls have really started to mesh well together the past few weeks and there is nothing stopping this team now. It's go time!"
With the win, BBA is now on a season-high four game winning streak.
The Bulldogs will look to extend their winning streak to five when they travel to play Brattleboro on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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