“I told them that game is over now," said Spotz. "I said 'you don’t have to trade 50 punches with Lambert anymore. All you have to do is have one punch,' and I told them that I knew they had one hard punch left in them and that I have 100 percent belief, like I have all game, that we are going to win. I reminded them that we are winning these faceoffs and I told them that we are going to push tempo as soon as we did."
The Raiders' plan to attack right away was executed brilliantly and just 18 seconds into the overtime, senior Tate Harran fired in the game-winning goal and the celebration began as Walton captured its first lacrosse state title since 2011 and second in program history. Harran finished with two goals and so did Taylor Aston and James Gurr. Nate Hardy and Maxson Santivanez also scored for the Raiders. Lambert was led by O’Rourke’s four-goals; Kane scored twice in addition to O’Donnell’s opening goal.
In the girls Class A-5A game, Starr’s Mill defeated three-time defending state champion Blessed Trinity 11-8 to win its first-state title in school history. The Lady Panthers got off to a tremendous start and went up 7-1 with 6:27 left in the half. The lead shrunk to 8-5 at the break and the teams traded goals in the second half on three occasions before Starr’s Mill could celebrate the 11-8 victory.
Starr’s Mill was led by Ryanne King’s five goals and teammates Alyssa Angelo, Emma Grace Hepler and Ansley Wallace each scored two goals. Liberty lacrosse signee Kelly Scott led Blessed Trinity with five goals and Kaley Attaway finished with a hat-trick.
Rivals Westminster and Lovett squared off in the boys Class A-5A finals in a rematch of the Wildcats’ 9-8 overtime win against Lovett on April 5 and the result would prove to be the same with Westminster beating the Lions 9-8 in overtime to take home its sixth all-time title and second in the last three seasons.
Five different Westminster players provided the Wildcats with goals in the first half as they built a 5-3 lead. Lovett eventually climbed back, tying the game 6-6 with 4:17 left in the third quarter and going up 8-6 after Clyde Bresnahan’s fourth goal of the match with 2:27 left to play. Chance Loeffler brought Westminster back within one goal with 38.4 seconds to play and then Paul Weathington forced overtime 8-8 with just five seconds on the clock. John Izlar deposited the game-winner in overtime for his second goal of the match.
Class 6A-7A Girls
Appearing in their 15th-straight finals, the Milton Lady Eagles took home a state-record setting 13th lacrosse state title with a 20-7 victory over Mill Creek in Saturday's finale. Milton jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and never trailed. The Hawks brought the deficit to 3-2 with 15:42 left in the half, but Milton charged ahead and took a 12-6 lead into the break before closing out Mill Creek with an 8-1 edge in the second half.