By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- It may have been the game of the year in the Central Susquehanna Girls Lacrosse League on Thurday in Lewisburg and at the same time, it showcased how far the girls game has come.
The see-saw battle between Lewisburg and Midd-West featured six ties, no more than a two-goal lead for either team and solid defense on both sides.
In the end, the Green Dragons held on for a 11-10 win.
Hannah Gotoff scored three times and added two assists to lead the Green Dragons (9-3, 8-0 CSGLL) while Katie Kreider scored four times for Midd West.
It was senior day for Lewisburg who will lose 14 girls to graduation.
"There was a little more motivation knowing that we were playing for the seniors," Gotoff, a junior said. "Midd-West came to play today and we did too, there seems to be a rivalry there."
Lewisburg led 10-8 a little more than half-way through the second half when Midd-West senior Nackea Bachman beat Lewisburg goalie Claire Paulsen on a bounce shot to pull the Mustangs to within one at 10-9.
It took all of 10 seconds for the Green Dragons to make regain a two-goal lead.
Gotoff won the face off and raced down field and beat Midd-West goalie Mikayla Freed to the short side to put Lewsiburg up 11-9.
"I was looking for an open passing lane as I was running down the field and I knew that we had to get the lead back up, then I found an open shooting lane and I took the shot," Gotoff said of her goal.
Midd-West responded and got the game back to a one-goal game when Brianna Beiler scooped up a ground ball and beat Paulsen with a backhanded shot with 1:25 left in regulation to make it a 11-10.