As the last seconds ticked off the clock, New Trier assistant coach Kristen Murray said, "This has been a special season," and she was right. As the buzzer sounded, the Trevians raced on the field to celebrate their first IHSA state championship with a 12-4 win over a tough Hinsdale Central team. It was New Trier's first state title until 2008, and what might considered one of the best played games ever by a New Trier girls lacrosse team.
The theme of the Trevs team this year was to play their best when their best was needed and to "hold the rope" or support and trust each other as if you were rock climbing and your teammates were holding the rope that held you above a 20,000 foot drop. Well, the Trevs played one of their best games of the season, only turning the ball over four times, winning 12 of 18 draws, taking 24 shots and owning the time of possession. In what was described by Comcast announcer Mark Krueger as an offense that resembled the poise and patience of Chicago boys' basketball power Simeon, the Trevs were in control almost the entire game.
Annie Thompson scored the first of her three goals on a beautiful feed by Lucy Murray at 23:37 to capture their first lead. Kristina Strtak made it 1-1 at 19:18. Both defenses had some nice stops, including a couple nice stops by Rylin Douthit, Anna Resnick and Madison Smith for the Trevs. Then Murray passed to Claudia Shevitz for a give and go to make it 2-1 at 14:45. Emily Napier tied it up for the Red Devils at 12:13. And that's when the Trevs took over, shutting out the Hinsdale attack for the rest of the half. One of the reasons the defense shined was the play by Ella Huber, who face guarded All-American Jenna Collignan and held her scoreless the first half.
New Trier scored five unanswered goals, all possible by the draw team of Charley Meier, Huber and Katie Busch dominating the circle. The offense used poise, precise ball movement and hard cuts to attack the Red Devil defense. Murray drove and drew a double team and Shevitz slipped past her defender for a feed to make it 3-2 and the Trevs never looked back. Thompson scored on a crease roll to her right, then followed up with the goal of the game on a backhand no look shot on a crease roll to make it 5-2. At 6:40, Shevitz drove and then popped out for maybe her best pass of the game to a wide open Olivia Zaban, who made a beautiful backdoor cut to beat her defender to increase the lead to 6-2. Meier finished the scoring with an iso drive, where she drove right, then rocker dodged and cut left for a nice lefty shot in the top corner to finish the scoring at 7-2 at 5:23 in the half.
The Trevs continued their tough defense in the second half, with caused turnovers by Claire Gottreich, Sammie Johnson, Meier, Smith and Douthit. Meier opened up the scoring off a feed by Murray at 24:05. Collignon finally touched the ball and scored on a free position shot after a fast break to make it 8-3 at 20:54. After Friday's comeback by Glenbrook South, New Trier knew the game was far from over, and the draw team continued to own possession, as Emma Merk scored at 18:47. Jessica Joy finally got Hinsdale back on the board to make it 9-4 with 12:44 left. But the defensive pressure, double teams and some big saves by Kate Burnham again shutdown the Red Devils.
Macy Zaban scored at 10:51, and then Thompson picked up where she started the game, by feeding Shevitz for a goal at 9:47. Meier then finished the scoring on a feed from Merk at 7:49 to make it 12-4.
Huber finished with six draw controls, four ground balls and held Collignon to one goal on defense. Meier had four draw controls, three ground balls and three goals. Smith and Douthit each had two caused turnovers. Thompson had three goals and an assist. Shevitz had a pair of goals and assists. Murray had three assists and a goal. The Zaban sisters each had a goal. Merk finished with a goal and assist. In all, New Trier had seven different players score.
Kate Burnham had five saves, to give her 134 on the season, the most by any New Trier goalie in a single season.
The Trevs finished 21-1-2 on the season.