Junior midfielder Ellie Landsman secured Lincoln-Sudbury a spot in the Division 1 North field hockey quarterfinals with a game-winning goal in overtime to propel the Warriors over host Danvers, 3-2, yesterday. Danvers's explosive offense sputtered late in the game, as the Warriors rebounded with a pair of goals from senior midfielder Annika Nygren in the second half to push the contest into overtime. Nygren delivered her first goal off a penalty stroke with 6:12 left in regulation. We have been practicing penalty strokes since day one and it was crucial for her [Nygren] to put it in,'' said coach Vicky Caburian. It was a great feeling of confidence and that set the tone for the final minutes.'' Trailing, 2-1, with 2:01 left, the Warriors were awarded a corner and Nygren, the team's leading scorer with 11 goals, drilled the tying goal. The Warriors carried their momentum into overtime and took advantage of another corner which resulted in an assist from senior captain Devon McCann to Landsman who fired a line-drive from the top of the circle, 16 yards away, to seal the comeback victory. I knew it would be important to get offensive corners,'' said Caburian. If we could get the ball upfield and get a corner it was a just a matter of execution, and the team put together a textbook corner.'' The Warriors defense, led by senior captains Jessica Lowe and Codi Quirk, were forced to adjust to Danvers's offensive attack after giving up two early goals in the first half by Ashley Ataya and Sarah Potter. They took advantage of us in the beginning and we tried to trust our skills and stay mentally strong,'' said Caburian. "Our transition play was very good. We were very confident swinging the balls and getting nice runs down the wings and we tried to keep the ball away from Danvers. The 10th-seeded Warriors meet the winner of the first-round match featuring top-seeded Andover against Westford today.
Lincoln-Sudbury 3, Danvers 2 (OT)
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Danvers
Updated: Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, 9:08 a.m.