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Girls Lacrosse: Hagerty pushes Liberty past North Carroll in OT

With time ticking away in overtime, Liberty girls lacrosse junior midfielder Logan Hagerty had possession and faced a crucial decision.

Should she pass? Should she attack? Should she wait and see what developed?

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Hagerty attacked. It was a game-clinching move.

Hagerty scored with one minute remaining in overtime in Liberty's 11-10 win over North Carroll at Powelson Field on Tuesday night.

Liberty (4-5, 2-2 in the county) ended a five-game North Carroll winning streak.

All eyes were on Hagerty during Liberty's decisive possession. Liberty junior captain Grace Griffin said she didn't want Hagerty forcing the issue if a high-quality opportunity was not there.

But a chance presented itself.

Hagerty was not being double-teamed, in a showdown where both teams employed plenty of pressure. And as soon as a North Carroll defender took an extra step, Hagerty went straight at the goal, depositing a line-drive shot into the back of the net.

It was Hagerty's fourth goal of the night.

"I knew I could score," said Hagerty, playing with the confidence desperately needed in a county showdown, where future Division I lacrosse players were all over the field.

The subplots were many. Griffin and North Carroll's Gabi Hall, future college teammates at Maryland, were locked against each other when Liberty was on attack.

When North Carroll (7-2, 3-1) had possession, Griffin and her teammates frequently double-teamed North Carroll sophomore midfielder Elizabeth Hillman, who managed four goals and two assists anyway.

"There were a lot of great players on the field who are going to do big things in the future," Griffin said.

The back-and-forth battle featured six ties. Liberty senior attack Abby Overman had three goals, including one that gave the Lions a 10-8 lead with 10 minutes remaining.

Hillman earned her two assists by waiting for double teams. When they arrived, she calmly passed to an open teammate cutting toward the goal. With 3 minutes remaining, Hillman passed to junior midfielder Kyleigh Masteran, who tied the game at 10-10 with her second goal of the evening.

"We handle pressure extremely well," North Carroll coach Debbie Hall said. "That's not our issue."

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Self-inflicted turnovers are, she said, and they came at inopportune times against Liberty.

After North Carroll sophomore midfielder Tayler Warehime won the opening draw in overtime, the Panthers had the first sudden-victory overtime opportunity.

Alas, an errant pass ended the possession. The Lions did not give North Carroll another opportunity. Hagerty ended it on Liberty's only overtime possession.

The Lions have played a difficult schedule, which included a 7-6 overtime loss to Howard County power Glenelg on April 5.

"We didn't want that to happen again," Griffin said of the potential of another disappointing one-goal setback.

In Liberty's fourth game in four days, the Lions had enough energy to get through overtime.

"We found a way to finish," Hagerty said.

Despite those weary legs, the Lions rushed in for a postgame celebration with Hagerty at the center of it all.

"It was an outstanding game," Hall said. "The talent matches up well, and I really enjoy playing [Liberty]."

Goals: L-Logan Hagerty 4, Abby Overman 3, Emma Tilson, Sydney Hartman, Jenny Anuslewski, Grace Griffin; NC-Elizabeth Hillman 4, Mackenzie Poist 2, Kyleigh Masteran 2, Tayler Warehime, Lauren Bredenberg.

Assists: L-Hagerty; NC-Hillman 2, Regan Brown 2.

Saves: L-7 (Cristi Rowland); NC-4 (Maddie Mashewske 2, Becca Wade 2).

Halftime: Tied, 6-6.

JV result: Liberty 17, North Carroll 10

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