EDISON, NJ – The South Plainfield Lady Tiger’s Lacrosse Team needed all eight of Michaella Butrico’s goals, but none was sweeter than her last, as the Tigers came from behind to defeat Edison in overtime 13-12. Butrico’s goal came with just .47 seconds left in overtime and it broke a 12-12 tie that ended a thrilling up and down game for both teams.
Edison led the game 5-2 at half. “The girls made a few early mistakes,” said South Plainfield head coach Tammy Zurka. “They dug deep and collectively decided they had a job to do in the 2nd half, and they did it.”
South Plainfield thought they had dug deep enough and were about to win in regulation, but the Eagles scored as time expired on a somewhat controversial goal to knot the game at 11-11 to end regulation.
The Edison Eagles’ Maggie Johnson’s five goals and an assist for six points was almost too much for the Tigers to take. Johnson was the first to score in OT putting her fifth goal of the game past Tigers’ goalie Bec George for a 12-11 Eagles lead. Johnson recorded her 100th career goal in the game against South Plainfield.
After Johnson’s goal, Butrico gained possession and advanced the Tigers down the field to create a scoring opportunity. The Edison Eagles’ defense got whistled for 3 seconds, giving Kelly Simpson from South Plainfield a direct. Simpson ripped the shot past Edison Goalie Angelica Pulgiano to tie the game 12 - 12 with 2 minutes and 36 seconds left on the clock.
After tying the game, and off the draw, South Plainfield’s Michaella Butrico gained possession and scored what turned out being the game winning goal with 47 seconds left in overtime.
“I’m so proud of the team, all of them,” said Zurka. “This was South Plainfield’s 1st ever overtime game, and to win is just great.”
According to Coach Zurka, Michaella Butrico has been great. “She is closing in on her 100th career goal and we are just six games into her junior year.”
The South Plainfield Lady Tigers Lacrosse team next plays away April 14th at J.P. Stevens in Edison.