Girls' Lacrosse Wins 12th State Title

Sam Chambers
After taking out St. Andrew's and Hockaday, Varsity Girls' Lacrosse defeats Lamar High School 7-5 for the 2014 TGHSLL D1 State Championship! 

On State Championship Saturday St. John's Girls' Varsity Lacrosse defeated St. Andrew's School of Austin 16-2 followed by a 15-8 win over Hockaday to advance to the TGHSLL State Finals on Sunday.  

St. John's lost 9-8 to Hockaday a week ago in the SPC finals held in Dallas, but took control of the state semi-final rematch early on at the South Campus Sports Association Bertron Field. Dominating the draw, the Mavericks took a commanding 11-1 half time lead over the Daisies and held on for the win.  Before the game the Mavericks ran through a banner which read “Make a STATEMENT.”  Winning by seven goals, the Mavericks made it clear they had a lot to say. 

For the final St. John's faced next door neighbor Lamar.  The teams split victories this season.  On March 28th St. John's won the regular season match up 12-11 in overtime.   Lamar then took out St. John's 9-5 in the 2014 City Championship.
“Being a well coached team and our Westheimer rival, Lamar was a tough team to beat,” said Assistant Coach Megan Henry.

The Mavericks jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Mary Pat Patrizi '16 and Alice Chambers '16 (assisted by Lindsey McKone ’16).  After a time out, Lamar answered with their first goal of the game at the 16:55 mark. Lamar then made it 3-2 with 9:10 to go in the first half.  TGHSLL Championship Offensive MVP, McKone, put the Mavericks up 4-2 on an eight-meter shot.  After Lamar received two yellow cards, Eden Epner ’14 (assisted by Jennifer Trieschman ’16) and Chambers (assisted by Epner) scored consecutive goals for the Mavericks during the non-releasable penalty period, and St. John's took a 6-2 lead into the break.  
“We wanted to push the tempo and be aggressive on attack,” said Chambers.
“We knew what to do,” said Elizabeth Cregan ’15.  “We believed in ourselves and it paid off.”

Lamar made a run in the second half cutting the lead to 6-4 with 18:05 to go, but McKone answered for a 7-4 St. John's lead with 17:17 on the clock.  Lamar scored their last goal with 13:13 to go to make it 7-5.   St. John's team defense, led by TGHSLL Championship Defensive MVP goalie Winnie Brandfield-Harvey '16, did the rest keeping Lamar off the board.

“We worked on our individual defense this week and it worked especially well with Winnie making amazing saves,” said Cameron Hull ’14.   “We used our team communication to get the best match ups against some of their very talented players.”
One of those match-ups pitted Jessica Nyquist ’15 against Lamar’s top offensive threat, McKinley Wade.
“It was hard to stay focused with everyone playing so hard,” said Nyquist.  “I had to trust that everyone behind me was doing their job so I could just focus on my one job to try and shut her down.”
“We knew they would come back and we took a breath and said to ourselves ‘let’s do this,’ and we did,” said Brandfield-Harvey, who had 10 saves for the Mavericks.
"Before the game Grace Winston ‘14 and I talked about this being our last game," said Hull.  "During the game it felt like it would go on forever, but now that it is over, it seems like it went by so fast.”
Long enough, however, for St. John’s to make statement with their 12th TGHSLL State title.

Sam Chambers- Athletic News