Girls Lacrosse team brings home the DII trophy, moves to #16 in national rankings
The rain held off Saturday in Grand Ledge as the Cranbrook Kingswood Varsity Girls Lacrosse team brought home their second consecutive MHSAA State Championship title, resoundingly defeating the Okemos Chiefs 18-6. The win marks the first back-to-back victory for the girls program, and moves their ranking to #2 in the State of Michigan, and #16 Nationally!
The talented Okemos team set the State Championship game in their sights early on, defeating East Grand Rapids 10-9 Wednesday and denying the Pioneers what would have been their 7th straight appearance in the DII Championship.
This was the fourth consecutive year the Cranes played for Division II bragging rights, and they were determined to bring the trophy home again. First-year coach and former Penn State (Div. 1) Women's lacrosse player, Evan Foulsham had this to say about the goals her team set for themselves, "The girls knew what it took to win last year, they took it right into the season, and they said, 'We're doing it again'. And they had that attitude from the get-go."
After a slow start in the first half left Cranbrook up only by a slim margin of 5-3, the Cranes erupted in the second half, outscoring the Chiefs 13-3. Senior and Northwestern commit, Isabelle Scane led the way with 5 goals, and senior goalie Brigitte Ballard came up with some big saves - 7 in total.
Senior Angelina Wiater, who scored 4 goals, spoke to her team's mindset, "This whole last season we had this target on our backs, and we were preparing for EGR. It was on our minds night and day. We had a coaching change, and a lot of underclassmen, but we had been here before and knew we could do it."
Unstoppable determination and teamwork. What an incredible day to be a Crane.
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MHSAA FINAL PERIOD STATS
Cranbrook Kingswood (17-1-2)
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