Lexington makes extra time count
With the Lexington field hockey team’s season on the line, Sarah Kimball wasn’t ready for it to end.
The senior goalkeeper, playing in what could have been the last game of her high school career, bounced back from allowing two tying goals to make one big overtime save.
The stop paved the way for junior forward Sarah Lehman to score the winner for the Minutemen (8-7-2) in a 3-2 win over Framingham in the preliminary round of the MIAA North Division 1 playoffs.
At points during both halves of regulation, it looked as if Lexington was well on its way to moving on, only to see Framingham (5-9-2) fight back to tie it up. The Minutemen took a 1-0 first-half lead on a goal from senior captain Jessica Pietre, but Framingham senior captain Jenny Wagner tied the game with less than five minutes left in the half.
Lehman gave Lexington a 2-1 advantage in the second half, but Kimball, who totaled eight saves on the night, got beat again with just two minutes remaining.
Instead of letting the goal deflate the team, Lexington saw the extra time as an opportunity.
“[The Minutemen] know they [play] pretty well seven on seven,’’ said Lexington coach Ellen Vera of the overtime rule change. “They practice it, they have some confidence, and they know how to do this.’’
On the winner, Pietre had the initial shot, then stopped the rebound. Lehman finally put it in on the third attempt, her team-leading 17th goal.
Lexington visits Beverly at Balch Field at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.
Silver Lake 7, North Quincy 0 - Senior forward Bryan Batchelder scored three goals for the Lakers.
Wilmington 4, Tewksbury 0 - Wilmington qualified for state tournament play with the victory.
Cardinal Spellman 2, Hanover 1 - Ryan Walsh and Chris Conrad scored for the Cardinals, who improved to 18-0.
North Reading 2, Rockport 0 - Senior forward Tyler Stanieich had a goal and an assist as the Hornets (9-8-1) qualified for the state tournament.
Georgetown 4, Ipswich 1 - Matt Bitchell’s hat trick helped the No. 11 Royals (14-1-3) win their second straight ALS Cup.
Andover 4, Tewksbury 1 - Junior defender Jackie Alois scored two goals to help the Golden Warriors (14-0-3).
Bishop Feehan 3, Canton 1 - Freshman Maddie Jolin scored two goals for the Shamrocks.
Matignon 3, Archbishop Williams 1 - Taylor O’Byrne scored all three goals for the Warriors.
North Reading 2, Rockport 1 - Lauren Hebert’s second-half goal off a penalty kick sent the Hornets (7-6-4) into the postseason.
Greater New Bedford 3, Blackstone Valley 0 - Alana Thirsk had 12 service points, 6 aces, and 3 kills, yet the host Beavers (18-4) fell in the large Vocational school championship.
Malden Catholic coach Chris Serino will take a medical leave of absence for the winter, the school announced. Serino, who will continue as the school’s athletic director, will be replaced by assistant John McLean a former Boston College captain.