It is not often that a playoff game comes down to the officials pulling an actual rule book out of a bag under the scorer’s table. Not many tournament fates are decided on the minutiae of the codes of the game but with six seconds remaining in Tuesday’s Div. 1 East semifinal that is exactly what sent the game to overtime.
Franklin had taken a 7-6 lead on a free position goal by sophomore Caroline Lounsbury with just 29 second left to play and was in position to return to the sectional final, but with only six seconds on the clock Lincoln-Sudbury’s Brianna Stokes answered with a free position goal of her own. That is when the controversy began.
Emily Jeffries (4) scored a goal and had an assist for Franklin, but the Panthers lost in a controversial overtime game against Lincoln-Sudbury. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)
The Panthers immediately called for a stick check on Stokes, who reached up and adjusted the strings on her stick. That is an automatic no goal, if it happened after the refs had asked to check the stick, and the refs initially waved off the goal and Franklin appeared to have won.
After huddling on the field for a few minutes and speaking with both coaches, the officials marched to the scorer’s table and pored over the MIAA rule book. After a few minutes of deliberation, the officials said that the adjustment of the strings was before being asked and that the goal stood sending the teams to two 3-minute overtime periods.
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