BENNINGTON -- Throughout this season, Burr and Burton Academy girls lacrosse coach Dave Miceli has seamlessly switched his two goaltenders, playing one in the first half and the other in the second half.
He did the same on Tuesday against Mount Anthony Union, replacing starter Casey Apps with sophomore Lauren MacKenzie.
With the Bulldogs up one with seconds remaining, MAU held for the final shot -- one that MacKenzie stopped to preserve a 11-10 win at the Vets Home Field.
"[MAU's] pass across the middle was great and they got the shot they wanted but Lauren just came up with the great save," Miceli said.
After Burr and Burton senior midfielder Cara Corvino scored with 1 minute, 23 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a one-goal lead, Mount Anthony controlled the draw, bringing the ball into the offensive zone. The Patriots passed it around, looking for a good shot. The ball got to Lily Taub in front, who fired the shot that MacKenzie stopped.
"I'd want the ball in Lily's hands with less than a minute left," said MAU coach Tom Otero. "There was a great pass, catch and shot and the goalie made a nice save [and] that's the game right there."
MacKenzie said she was going on instinct as the play unfolded.
"I guessed someone was in front, because there's always someone there," MacKenzie said. "You're trying to guess, hoping you do it right. I knew they were coming back to [try to] tie it up."
Mount Anthony took a 7-6 lead into halftime, but BBA's Morgan Bazyk scored her only goal of the game 43 seconds into the second half, a off-handed rocket to tie it at 7-7.
Then Mount Anthony went on a run led by the Patriots' top two scorers -- Colleen Hendery and Emily Cross. The two tallied 35 seconds apart for a 9-7 lead, then Cross used a strong individual effort to make it 10-7 with 12:49 left.
Hendery and Cross, who are tied for the team lead with 23 goals, had four and two tallies, respectively. Siobhan Crosier and Madison Paro also added a pair of goals each.
"They called a timeout and I said, ‘Three goals is not enough in this game, they aren't laying down," Otero said. "I told them they need to take quality shots, it's all about possession, don't give [the ball] away."
The stoppage seemed to calm the Bulldogs. Hayley Sabol scored with 11:24 left to pull within two, then Kate Montague added another.
"I was happy with the discipline in the second half," Miceli said. "We went in and took control, even though we were losing, we had control of the flow of the game and it was a matter of time. Lacrosse is a game of streaks."
After Mount Anthony goalie Samantha Mayer (12 saves) made back-to-back saves on free position tries, the Bulldogs finally broke through as junior attacker Lauren Miskovsky tied it at 10-10 with 4:41 left. Miskovsky and Sabol each had three goals to lead BBA.
"We outplayed them in the first half, we got the 50-50 balls and did a nice job on the draws," Otero said. "In the second half, some of the [balls] we got in the first half we didn't get. Turnovers hurt us ... you can't give the other team the ball."
With the win, Burr and Burton improves to 5-1, while MAU drops to 3-4.
"It's fantastic to have a good record," Miceli said. "All the girls are getting solid time and contributing, we have a real athletic team with lots of lacrosse skill. A close game like this builds momentum."
The two teams will meet up for the third time on Friday at BBA.
"Our girls were confident, they know they can beat them," Otero said. "The ball didn't bounce the right way today."