Girls' Varsity Lacrosse won their first round game of the TGHSLL State tournament 18-3 over McKinney, and followed up with a 19-9 semi-final win over Woodlands to advance to the title game vs. ESD in which the Mavericks prevailed 10-9 in overtime for their fourth consecutive state title.
In the state semi-finals held at Coppell Middle School North, St. John's struck early to build a 5-0 lead over Woodlands after ten minutes of play in a match up of two teams from the TGHSLL South. Jennifer Trieschman '16 scored the first goal of the game with less than a minute off the clock. Trieschman would have 4 goals and 2 assists for a game high six points. Kate Copeland '17 had three goals, while Kara Wollmers '16 had four goals. Lindsey McKone '16 finished with 2 goals and 2 assists and dominated play at the draw for the Mavericks. Alice Chambers '16 also had two assists and several draws for St. John's. Ellie Trent '16, Katherine Randall '17, and Ellie Strawn '16 also scored.
The Woodlands would not go away after the Mavericks built an early lead. The Highlanders cut it to 5-2 with 11:08 to play in the first half, and after St. John's went up 7-2, Woodlands' Shaelin Murphy reeled off consecutive scores to make it 7-5 St. John's with 4:51 in the first half. Draw control was tilting towards the Woodlands, but big saves by Winnie Brandfield-Harvey thwarted their momentum time and again. In the first half alone Brandfield-Harvey had seven saves for the Mavericks. St. John's closed out the first period with a flurry of goals to take an 11-5 lead at the break. The Mavericks added eight more scores in the second half to finish up 19-9.
The other semi-final match up paired host and #2 seed Coppell against ESD. The two teams split their two previous match ups. With the score tied 11-11 with two seconds on the clock, Charlotte North of ESD scored a free position shot to help the Eagles advance to the finals. St. John's defeated ESD 12-3 last weekend in the SPC championship game.