BRUNSWICK – Dakota Foster had four goals and an assist, Corinne O’Connor added three goals and four assists, and Molly Herman made 12 saves as top-ranked Brunswick held off fourth-seeded Mt. Ararat for a 13-12 victory in an Eastern Class A girls’ lacrosse semifinal Saturday.

The game was reminiscent of the regular-season finale, when Mt. Ararat nearly overcame a late deficit against Brunswick but fell short, 10-9.

This time Mt. Ararat scored the last five goals — four in a one-minute span.

After Rowley Jones (three goals) scored for Mt. Ararat to make it 8-7 with 18:55 left, O’Connor answered twice, and Annie Kelly (three goals), Lydia Caputi and Foster once each to put Brunswick up 13-7 with seven minutes remaining.

Haley Michaud (four goals) collected a loose ball and carried the length of the field before scoring for the Eagles, and Mt. Ararat Coach Sam Chard called a timeout with 4:38 to go.

“I told the girls I’ve seen a lot of miracles, and this was their chance,” he said.

They nearly pulled one off.

Herman stopped bids by Michaud and Sara Berry, but Cat Johnson hit a bounce shot to cut the lead to 13-9 with 1:04 left.

Berry scored 22 seconds later, Michaud connected with 11 seconds left, and Heather Bolduc’s third goal made it a one-goal game with four seconds remaining before the clock ran out.

“We did a good job running our plays earlier,” said O’Connor, “but we couldn’t win any draws at the end.”

“We couldn’t get any possessions,” added Foster. “With about 14 seconds left, I didn’t think they could do it, but they almost did. It wasn’t pretty but like Coach (Beth Caputi) said, ‘a win is a win.’ “

“I told the girls during our timeout (with 1:54 left), we have to be careful holding on to the ball, that they were not going to give up,” said Caputi. “We had some great passing earlier, but it was pretty nerve-wracking at the end.”

The Eagles outshot Brunswick 26-21, but Herman come up with outstanding stops, including point-blank saves against Johnson and Callie Kirk (twice).

Nevertheless, Herman was upset with her performance, saying, “It never should have been a one-goal game, but maybe we just need some motivation for the next one.”