Sacred Heart’s Varsity Lacrosse Team entered the NSCHSGAA Class AA championship as the number two seed on Thursday evening. After 50 minutes, though, the Spartans proudly marched off the field as league champions, snapping a 10-year streak of wins by St. Anthony’s.
SHA left the field at the half with a comfortable lead after the Spartan offense fired 14 shots against St. Anthony’s and the Spartans held and 8-3 draw advantage. In the second half, the Friars cut SHA’s lead to two, but Clare Casey scored the first of three unanswered goals for Sacred Heart, who held on for the 11-6 final score.
Arden Tierney was named the Co-Player of the Year and also championship game MVP following the win. She contributed two goals and three assists, while Clare Casey, who returned this year after recovering from an injury, led SHA with four goals in the win.
Under the guidance of head coach Mrs. Morgan O’Connor, the team has been focused on playing together and supporting one another. Each senior is expected to lead and serve as role model for the younger players. This year the team took that responsibility with great conviction and took an extra step with a competitive trip to Colorado that included an opportunity for the girls to bond further. That experience payed off in the support the players showed one another on and off of the field this season.
Following the victory, Sacred Heart’s team was featured on Sports Rush on News 12.
“This year we were so determined from the moment last season when we lost that last game, we were dedicated to make this team be the best it could possibly be,” SHA senior Emma Cashwell said during the interview. “Everyone really played their role.”
Read Newsday's coverage of SHA's win.