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Girls Lacrosse: Warriors win in OT behind Mulholland goal

Brainerd hosts Grand Rapids in girls lacrosse Wednesday, May 19

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Brainerd's Avery Mulholland takes the ball to the net against Grand Rapids-Greenway Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

A minute into the third overtime, Brainerd’s Avery Mulholland scored her second goal to give the Warriors a 6-5 win against Grand Rapids Wednesday, May 19, at Adamson Field.

Mulholland’s goal came on a Warriors quick attack and she felt confident she could beat the goalie for the win.

“I was pretty much out of breath and I think the biggest thing was just waiting for that opportunity and realizing that the defender can’t beat me,” Mulholland said on her game-winner. “The biggest thing was just going to the net and making sure I’m looking at the net and not the goalie itself.”

Brainerd Girls Lacrosse vs Grand Rapids-Greenway Gallery

Grand Rapids’ Caroline Ahcan scored with 58 seconds left in regulation to tie the score 5-5. It was Grand Rapids’ only goal of the second half as the Warriors defense held them to only one goal the last 42 minutes of the game including overtimes.

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“As a midfielder, I am trying to conserve energy for defense,” Mulholland said. “Even giving other people the opportunity to attack and staying on the ball as fast as I can, especially on the clears.”

Brainerd’s Breya Sawyer scored with 4:13 left in regulation to give the Warriors their first lead at 5-4. It was Sawyer's second goal.

Grand Rapids got the scoring started five minutes in. Kamryn Klinefelter scored one of her two goals to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

Less than a minute passed before the Warriors tied it on a Brynne Folden goal.

The Lightning retook the lead on a goal by Cadence Erickson, but the Warriors tied it right back up with Sawyer’s first goal.

Another Klinefelter goal followed by Mulholland’s first goal had the score tied 3-3 with each team trading goals.

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“I was just making sure I was open,” Mulholland said. “I wasn’t calling for the ball unless I was sure the defense wasn’t on me. The biggest thing was just waiting for those shots and then just being an option.”

Mulholland said the Lightning’s defense was very aggressive, often sending three defenders on one Warrior offensive player.

“When there are three players around one, you know you are open and are an easy target,” Mulholland said.

They would trade goals one more time before halftime as Barrie Bahr scored for Grand Rapids to give them a brief lead before Mercedes Engstrom tied things up for the Warriors going into half.

The win is an important one for Brainerd and came on senior night. The Warriors now stand at a .500 record of 5-5 with three games remaining before section playoffs.

“This win was huge,” Mulholland said. “Grand Rapids is a super, super good team and I think it was a really good opportunity for us and a big mood booster especially on senior night.”

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Grand Rapids 4 1 0 0 0 — 5
Brainerd 4 1 0 0 1 — 6

First half: GR-Kamryn Klinefelter 20:50, Brd-Brynne Folden 19:35, GR-Cadence Erickson 18:07, Brd-Breya Sawyer 13:12, GR-Klinefelter 12:50, Brd-Avery Mulholland 11:52, GR-Barrie Bahr 9:38, Brd-Mercedes Engstrom 8:28
Second half: Brd-Sawyer 4:13, GR-Caroline Ahcan 0:58
Overtime: Brd-Mulholland 2:00

Warriors 6, Grand Rapids 5

Key: Avery Mulholland scored the game-winner goal in the third overtime to give the Warriors the win

Overall: Brd 5-5.

Next: Brainerd at Monticello 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 24.

CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or conrad.engstrom@brainerddispatch.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.

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