Christy Dial scored four goals and Missy Compton and Suzy Waire added three each, as Loch Raven defeated Fallston, 14-9, to win its fourth straight state Class 1A-2A girls lacrosse title yesterday at Catonsville Community College.
The Raiders (13-0), who have won 51 straight games, completed the 13th undefeated season in the 19-year history of their program.
"Now the weight's finally off our shoulders," said Dial, one of four starting seniors. "We don't hear much when we win, but if we had lost, we would never have heard the end of it, especially if we had lost the last game of our senior year."
Although the pressure caused early-game jitters, coach Wendy Galinn said the tradition of winning also has a positive effect on the Raiders.
"It helps us pull through in the end, because they have such desire not to lose," said Galinn. "It pumps them up and gets their adrenalin flowing. They do not want to be the ones that lose."
The Raiders looked a little shaky in the first half, which ended in a 6-6 tie, but they exploded for eight straight goals in the second half. Dial and Compton, a senior defense wing, had two goals each during the run, and Michele DeJuliis, Shelley Klaes, Robyn Disney and Waire added a goal apiece.
"They controlled the ball," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson, whose team had its best season (14-1). "We needed a couple quick ones to get fired up, but we couldn't get the ball."