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July 19, 2019 — Games of the Year, 2019

This year has been a difficult one to keep any sort of hold on what makes games great, since there are so many interconference and interstate matches held these days. Sometimes, these lists may wane in their importance, given the passage of time and the changing of perspective.

Here’s our attempt at a list of 10 best matches from this past spring:

10. Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) 8, Mount Sinai (N.Y.) 0
April 17, 2019
Regular-season game
When was the last time that you saw a state championship-level team from a national hotbed (winners of the New York state title in 2017, nonetheless) get shut out for all 50 minutes? Give a ton of credit to BBP for the win, but this team and others’ slowdown tactics have hastened calls for a possession clock to be instituted in U.S. Lacrosse and National Federation contests.

9. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 8, Manhasset (N.Y.) 7
April 6, 2019
Regular-season game
Let it not be said that Taylor Cummings doesn’t like a challenge. After a successul Southern swing, the Eagles went up to Long Island and came away with a win over the defending New York Class B champs.

8. Hingham Notre Dame Academy (Mass.) 12, Providence Moses Brown School (R.I.) 10
May 18, 2019
Regular-season game
Nobody knew it at the time, but after a taut and tense matchup in mid-may, both of these sides would win their respective state championships. NDA won the Massachusetts Division I crown, and Moses Brown won the Rhode Island Division I title.

7. Baldwinsville (N.Y.) 15, Bethlehem (N.Y.) 14 (OT)
June 7, 2019
NYSPHSAA Class A semifinal
Bethlehem had come back from a first-half swoon to take a two-goal lead with under five minutes to play. However, the Bees drew level late and won it on Katherine Pascale’s free position 48 seconds into extra time.

6. Cohasset (Mass.) 14, Norwell (Mass.) 13
June 11, 2019
MIAA Division II South semifinal
These two South Shore League rivals knew that a win here was likely the proverbial golden ticket to the state championship. Norwell and Cohasset had met in the previous four sectional finals, with the winner going on to win the MIAA title each of those four seasons. Jane Hansen led Cohasset with six goals.

5. Moorestown (N.J.) 11, Ridgewood (N.J.) 10
June 5, 2019
NJSIAA Tournament of Champions semifinal
These two teams met on April 24 in the regular season with Ridgewood winning 12-8, but Moorestown, the Group III champs, bested Group IV titlists Ridgewood in a game which saw one player ruled out due to concussion protocol, and a late stick check changing possession to Ridgewood for a final attempt to level.

4. Pittsford (N.Y.) 7, Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) 6, 4 OT 
May 29, 2019
NYSPHSAA Section 5 Class A final
Rush-Henrietta had last year’s champions on the proverbial ropes, taking a 6-4 lead deep into regulation, but Pittsford answered back with two late goals and Ellie Mooney’s goal in the fourth period of extra time.

3. Owings Mills McDonogh (Md.) 5, Brooklandville St. Paul’s (Md.) 4, 2 OT
May 11, 2019
IAAM Class A Tournament final
SPSG came into the IAAM tournament as the sixth seed, but went through a Murderer’s Row of teams to get to the championship. And, thanks to the heroics of goalie Leah Wareheim, almost toppled the Eagles’ dream of regaining the title. It was Izzy Marsh who put McDonogh on top of the nation’s toughest conference with a goal six minutes into extra time.

2. Auburn St. Dominic Academy (Maine) 11, Naples Lake Region (Maine) 8
June 15, 2019
MPA Class C Tournament final
What’s notable about this match is that St. Dominic played the entire state championship without substitutions. That’s right; an injury or an ill-timed yellow card could have left the Saints short not only on the pitch, but on the bench. Yet eight goals from Avery Lutrzykowski sent the team and its campuses into dreamland.

1. Contoocook Hopkinton (N.H.) 12, Derryfield (N.H.) 11
June 4, 2019
NHIAA Division III Tournament final
Hopkinton has had a sudden rise in its fortune over the last three seasons, making its first championship run a year ago. But this title game would be anything but orthodox. The Hawks were a player short late in the first half after receiving its fourth team yellow of the game. Only two minutes into the second half, leading scorer Lyndon Flanagan received her second yellow, and the team’s fifth of the game. It was against this backdrop that the Hawks showed a remarkable resilience playing with just nine outfielders, winning on a pair of goals from center Ellie Morrall. She had five goals in this game, after scoring six against Bow (N.H.) in the semifinals.