The Trevians led 13-6 with 18:33 left in the game, but a determined Glenbrook South team fought back to tie the game 14-14 with 4:43 left. New Trier was able to win the draw and Lucy Murray scored with 2:14 left to send the Trevians to the state title game on Saturday with a 15-14 win.
The thrilling finish didn't end with Murray's goal. Katie Busch had an amazing one handed grab on the draw and it looked like New Trier would run the clock out, but a pressured pass that went out of bounds gave the Titans the ball with 1:38 left. On the ride, Izzi King would race down and make a beautiful check to get the ball back for the Trevs, and the offense passed the ball around to finally stall out the clock. But wait, GBS double teamed and corned senior captain Claire Gottreich, who inadvertently stepped out of bounds with 18 seconds left. The Titans head coach Annie Lesch immediately called timeout to set up a play with one of her attackers several yards ahead of he nearest New Trier defender. On the restart, King again got her stick up to knock down the pass but the Titans picked the ball up and raced downfield and the next pass was off the mark and Anna Resnick was able to chase it out of bounds and the clock ran out for the win.
It was Glenbrook South that came out strong with All-State and all-time leading scorer Greer Brierly scoring off a nice pick by Ashley Davis and feed from Jasmine Marval at 24:07. New Trier answered back with goals by Claudia Shevitz on a feed from Murray and then a goal by Murray on a feed by Annie Thompson within 55 seconds to make it 2-1. Belle Tiesi made it 2-2 at 21:44 and Meg Bierley scored to make it 3-2 for the second lead of the game for South. Tough defense took over it wasn't until 13:18 when Shevitz set a screen for Murray and peeled of for a beautiful feed and goal at 13:18 to tie the game 3-3. Both teams were held scoreless the next three and a half minutes, but Macy Zaban scored on a pass from Emma Merk on a face break goal after Kate Burnham made a save on a free position shot and Rylin Douthit grabbed the ground ball and started the transition. GBS won the draw, but Charley Meier checked the ball out for a turnover and Shevitz drove and passed to Merk for a goal at 8:07 to make it 5-3.
Greer Brierly scored again at 6:50 to make it 5-4, but Shevitz answered back with two back-to-back goals in 24 seconds on 1v1 dodges to make it 7-4. Murray then buried a free position shot after drawing shooting space to make it 8-4. Titans Tiesi made her own free position shot at 2:57 and it looked the halftime score would be 8-5. But after some tough defense, the Trevs had an explosive finish to the half. Meier forced another check with 30 seconds left and passed to Gottreich, who passed to Shevitz who raced down the field and ripped a goal with 17 seconds left. On the draw, Huber knocked the ball down and chased it down to pass to Shevitz who passed to Meier who beat her defender on a backdoor cut and scored with 2 seconds left in the half.
Again, South opened up the scoring with Brierly scoring at 24:14, but the Trevs scored three straight goals by Shevitz, and then Macy Zaban and King scored within 38 seconds to make it 13-6. That's when the Titans stepped up and gained momentum taking advantage of a yellow card to get two goals and then a couple turnovers to make it 13-10. Shevitz scored after a feed from Macy Zaban at 10:44, but South scored another four unanswered goals, taking advantage of another yellow card and dominating on the draw circle. Mary Grace Reynolds was unstoppable, as the Trevians tried four different players, but the Titans senior captain was able to help GBS get possession and keep up the momentum and Brierly scored her fifth goal to tie it 14-14. That's when Busch got the biggest draw of the game to set up the game winning goal.
Meier finished the game with a school record nine ground balls and also had seven draw controls. Huber had three draw controls and Busch the last two. Meier had four caused turnovers also. Shevitz tied a career high seven goals and had two assists. Murray had three goals and three assists. Macy Zaban had two goals.