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Watertown outlasts South Jefferson in another showdown

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In their recent history against one another, meetings between the South Jefferson and Watertown girls lacrosse teams have featured close finishes that have gone down to the wire.

Their first encounter of this year was no exception as sophomore Olivia Miles scored seven goals, including the deciding tally after regulation, to lift the Cyclones to a 10-9 victory over the Spartans in triple overtime on a rainy and gusty Friday night at Watertown High School.

Watertown has won its past three games against South Jefferson all in one-goal decisions, with the previous meeting decided in double overtime, 10-9, last May 1 in Adams.

“This game was a real good win for us,” said Miles, a transfer from Immaculate Heart Central. “It’s only our third game, so this will help us get ready for the rest of the season. We just played really well as a team.”

Just like in the previous meeting, Watertown (3-0, 2-0) rallied to force overtime in a game that was part of the Wounded Warrior lacrosse event. This time, Miles converted on a free-position attempt with one minute and one second remaining in regulation to draw even at 8-8.

“That’s what we’ve come to expect and they’re great contests,” Watertown coach Tim Burr said of the game, which included nine lead changes and eight ties. “We’ve just been fortunate to get on the right end of these past few meetings.”

After a scoreless first overtime, Miles provided her team with a 9-8 lead with her goal on a free-position shot with 1:05 left in the second extra session. But South Jefferson’s Maddie Knapp finished off a centering pass from Morgan Alexander with 22 seconds remaining to force a third overtime.

Miles followed with the game winner as after Morgan Girardi won the faceoff, Miles fired in a drive from the right side 19 seconds into the third and sudden-victory overtime.

“She’s just been a real shot in the arm for our program,” Burr said of Miles. “She’s a competitor and she proved tonight that when the game is on the line, she’s the go-to girl who can take us over the edge.”

Junior attack Stephanie Green scored three goals to pace the Spartans (0-2, 0-1) and Alexander contributed a goal and two assists.

“It’s no surprise about how the game was going to go,” South Jefferson coach Jen Williams said. “It was back and forth and that’s expected.”

GENERAL BROWN 17, INDIAN RIVER 6

Bryanna Fazio finished with five goals and four assists to help power the Lions to a victory over the Warriors at Dexter.

Hannah Peebles provided three goals and three assists, and Cayla O’Connor connected on five goals.





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