Tuesday, the second ranked Hanover Marauders girls lacrosse team faced off against the number one seed Portsmouth for the division two state championship game.
Hanover and Portsmouth faced off twice during the regular season splitting both contests. The Clippers however held the last word as they dominated the Marauders 16 to 6 back on May 21st so Hanover was out for revenge playing at Exeter High School’s William Ball Stadium.
The Marauders started the game strong going up 3 to 0 until Portsmouth’s senior midfielder Julia Luff scored a pair of goals to spark the Clippers offense. By halftime Hanover held a 1 goal lead 5 to 4. But then the Clippers came out of the break very strong scoring four of the second half’s first five goals to take an 8 to 6 lead with just under 9 minutes to play. Portsmouth had multiple chances to go up three goals but the Marauders defense was able to shut down any opposing threats.
Hanover’s Maddie Lyons was able to sprint past her defender and score an unassisted goal to make it a one goal game until Clippers Erica Hesser responded to regain their two goal lead now 9 to 7. Johanna Copeland was then able to score her third goal of the day to bring the score back to a one goal difference. After an Amelia Lubrano steal, Copeland was set up in front of the net after drawing a foul with 8 seconds remaining.
Copeland then sprinted to the goal and bounced a shot that was saved by the Clippers goalie but then Perrin Milliken reacted as the ball bounced out. She scooped and scored to force the game into overtime with 2.7 seconds remaining to stun the Clippers tied at 9 a piece. To start overtime, Hanover would fight to gain possession off the draw as Jasmine Lou drew a foul to gain control and sprinted down the sideline drawing another foul which set up a free position shot.
Lou’s shot was saved by the Clippers goalie but she made an errant pass out of bounds which again gave Hanover possession. Molly Seibel was able to then run the ball in while taking her time to set up her move. She then made a quick move toward the front of the net and drew a free position shot. Seibel was then able to bounce a shot that slipped passed the Portsmouth defense and into the back of the net for the finals victory winning 10 to 9.
Hanover head coach as well as multiple Hanover players spoke to YCN about the Marauders division two championship victory.
Hanover had not won a state girls lacrosse title since 2008. They even lost to Portsmouth in the finals three years ago on the same field. Even though Hanover emerged victorious, the game was bittersweet for senior Georgina Stern as she will say goodbye to the team she has been apart of for the last four years.