Parrella scores game-winner for Team Glynn in overtime

© Athletes Unlimited, LLC 2021 / Credit: Kait Devir
Ellie Kinney
Aug 22, 2021

Championship Sunday has finally arrived, and it kicked off with a matchup between Team Ohlmiller and Team Glynn. This contest was crucial for both captains, with Kady Glynn holding onto 4th place on the leaderboard entering the game and Kylie Ohlmiller trying to jump up from 6th. Kayla Wood and Kayla Treanor were also in the medal race at 7th and 9th place.

Only the top four players receive medals, so great performances were crucial for these athletes to end up on the podium.

It was exactly the game you’d expect from Championship Sunday: a thriller that went into overtime, with big-time saves and clutch goals. Alyssa Parrella scored the game-winning goal in overtime for Team Glynn, who topped Team Ohlmiller 7-6.

Here’s what you missed from the second-to-last Lacrosse game of the season:

Angie Benson started the game with a great save, but Team Ohlmiller put the first two points on the board. Ally Kennedy scored in her tenth straight game with a leaping 2-point shot, continuing her stellar second half of the season.

Treanor quickly answered with some tricky moves around her defender, finding the back of the net to bring Team Glynn within one.

With just over three minutes left in the quarter, Parrella tied it up with her 24th goal on the season.

Off a looping pass from Katrina Dowd, Ohlmiller buried a shot past Benson to lift her team on top, earning a critical 12 points for herself.

Ohlmiller was fouled inside the 8-meter with six seconds left, but she snapped the free position shot too high. Team Ohlmiller won the quarter 3-2, and the 20 win points helped boost Ohlmiller past Glynn and Britt Read on the leaderboard to the 4th spot.

Team Ohlmiller had a fast break to start the second quarter, but Benson made another spectacular save and stuffed the attack.

After drawing the foul, Parrella took advantage of her free position shot and sent it past Mira Shane to re-tie the game at three goals apiece.

Cortney Fortunato fired a rocket from just inside the 8-meter line to put Team Glynn up 4-3. Treanor followed with a convincing pump fake before sneaking a shot between Shane’s legs, giving Team Glynn a two-goal lead.

With just over a minute remaining in the half, Izzy McMahon rifled a shot into the top left corner of the net to tie the game 4-4. The score remained tied going into halftime, but Team Glynn won the second quarter, lifting Glynn back over Ohlmiller in the tight race for a place on the podium.

Amber Hill, relieving Mira Shane in the second half, started the third quarter with back-to-back saves for Team Ohlmiller. Glynn answered with a save of her own as Ohlmiller tried to score, keeping it 4-4 early in the second half.

Hill continued to be dominant in the cage, making two more saves to stop Team Glynn’s attack.

The first and only point of the quarter came with just over 30 seconds left. Katie O’Donnell drew a foul inside the 8-meter, and took advantage of her free position opportunity with a goal for Team Glynn. This proved to be a crucial goal for the blue team, giving Glynn and her team 20 more quarter win points and a 5-4 lead.

The goalies continued stellar play to start the fourth quarter, as Glynn and Hill made back-to-back saves.

After Kennedy committed a foul inside the 8-meter, Shayna Pirreca fired a shot past Hill to put Team Glynn up 6-4. However, Emily Parros immediately answered with a goal of her own, barreling past the defense for her 17th goal of the season.

When her team needed her, Olhmiller did what she does best: scoring a clutch goal. The purple team’s captain beat the double team and found the back of the net, tying the game 6-6 with under three minutes remaining in the game.

Kennedy had a free position shot after being fouled inside the 8-meter line, but Glynn made her biggest save of the season to send the game to overtime, tied up 6-6.

Parrella made a move inside with just over 90 seconds left in overtime, and Parros fouled her inside the 8-meter. With the game on her shoulders, Parrella didn’t let the pressure get to her – she buried a shot past Hill to win the game for Team Glynn 7-6.

Parrella earned 138 points, and her game-winner secured her the MVP 1 spot. Parros accumulated 108 points and was voted MVP 2. Meg Douty got 55 points and was named MVP 3.

Leaderboard going into the final game:

  1. Taylor Cummings, Midfield – 1860 points
  2. Caylee Waters, Goalie – 1673 points
  3. Kady Glynn, Goalie – 1601 points
  4. Kayla Wood, Defense – 1561 points
  5. Kayla Treanor, Attack – 1541 points
  6. Kylie Ohlmiller, Attack – 1536 points
  7. Sam Apuzzo, Attack – 1525 points
  8. Britt Read, Goalie – 1478 points
  9. Marie McCool, Midfield – 1436 points
  10. Cortney Fortunato, Attack – 1355 points

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