SOUTHINGTON – Southington girls lacrosse fell to Farmington Tuesday night, needing overtime to find a winner in a 10-9 score.
Southington’s offense got it on the board first with a score within the first two minutes of play, but Farmington was quick to respond with a goal of its own at 17:46.
Taylor Foresi scored at 13:51, giving Southington a lead that was extended on by Gabby Castonguay at 13:02.
A Makayla Winegar shot from the hip nearly made the contest 4-1, but Farmington created a rush going the other way to pull the difference to one again at 5:23 in the first half.
The score was brought back even with 4:42 remaining on another Farmington score, but Joile Leavitt’s feed from Winegar at 3:44 and Natalie Richardson’s score after working through traffic gave Southington a 5-3 advantage with under a minute and a half remaining in the first half.
Southington hit halftime and broke out of it extending its lead, getting a goal from Lilli Doran to go up by three, its biggest lead all day.
The lead was short lived as Farmington went on a run of three straight, all within a three minute span, to even the score at 6-6 with 16 minutes remaining in the game.
After Farmington’s run, head coach David Sargent called a timeout to compose the girls and get the focus back on themselves.
“We were a little tight there, in the second half. We had a lot riding on this game,” said Sargent. “We were in great position in the league with only one loss. … I called a timeout to try and settle them down a little bit and they responded, trying to have no fear out there and get back to doing what we do well and not so concerned with what the other team did.”
Southington’s response was a score from Richardson off a feed from Castonguay to even the score at 7-7. Kayli Garcia followed up the score just over a minute later, giving Southington an 8-7 advantage.
The back-and-forth continued until timeout from Southington came at 2:05 with the Lady Knights up one. The plan, with possession, was to work the clock to their favor and play keep away.
The plan was foiled by Farmington after knocking down a pass and going the other way for a score to tie the game with 1:19 remaining in regulation.
“We were going to hold the ball and if we had anything free in the middle we were going to take it. We didn’t expect we would, … they made a great play and turned us over and got down the field quick. Hats off to them, it was a great play.”
In the final minute of regulation, Southington had a chance to get ahead late and put the game away, but couldn’t. In overtime, Southington then lost the faceoff, and couldn’t stop Farmington as it scored in 32 seconds to seal the win.
Richardson, Castonguay and Garcia each netted two goals. Castonguay and Winegar had two assists.
Southington had 16 turnovers to Farmington’s seven. Liz Neri of Farmington led the contest in goals scored, scoring five on the night.
Despite the loss, Sargent feels his team, who was winners of 11 straight going into Tuesday, is right where they need to be with the playoffs coming at the end of the month.
“We fight every place we go. We’ve had some ups and downs this season and we’ve found ways to win,” said Sargent. “… I expect that to continue in the last couple of games against very good teams and into the playoffs.”
Southington will travel to Simsbury next Tuesday for a 6 p.m. start. Friday’s home contest against Glastonbury has been postponed. There is no reschedule date.