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Posted Sunday, May 19, 2013
Cary, NC - Senior Sydney Holman scored five goals and added four assists to lead East Chapel Hill to a 15-13 victory over Charlotte Catholic in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's fourth annual state women's lacrosse championship Saturday afternoon at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The game was closely contested throughout, with no team holding more than a 3-goal lead at any point.
The Wildcats scored three straight goals near the fifteen minute mark of the game. Farrell Guest scored the first, and Cassie Waters scored two in a row to build early momentum. After the scoring run, East Chapel Hill led 5-3.
East Chapel Hill went on another run 10 minutes later, with Guest scoring one and Holman scoring two. The Wildcats entered halftime with an 8-6 lead.
Holman was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship match as the Wildcats won their first NCHSAA women’s lacrosse title and finished 17-2 overall.
East Chapel Hill High School ended the season on a 12-game winning streak. East Chapel Hill High held an 8-6 advantage at the half before Charlotte Catholic scored the first three goals after intermission to take the lead and set the stage for the Wildcat rally.
Holman, who tallied 13 goals in the East Chapel Hill semifinal victory over defending state champion Cary Green Hope, unofficially ended the season with 128 goals, the most in NCHSAA history. She passed Waxhaw Marvin Ridge junior Amy Collins, who set the career record earlier this season at 124 goals.
Charlotte Catholic, a team that defeated East Chapel Hill early in the lacrosse season, advanced to the state title game by defeating Lake Norman in the Western regional.
Charlotte Catholic, in the finals for the third time in the tournament’s four years, ended the campaign 17-3 overall. The Cougars lost to Green Hope in last year’s final.
The lacrosse state championships are currently conducted as an "open" tournament, with all classifications competing for a single crown.
NCHSAA STATE WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
WAKEMED SOCCER PARK, CARY
East Chapel Hill 8 7 --15
Charlotte Catholic 6 7 --13
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