After a thunderstorm interrupted the Girl’s KSLL Championship game on Thursday night leaving 4:43 left on the clock for a Saturday morning finish, the Sacred Heart Valkyries defeated the Eastern Eagles 8-7.
“You work all season to get to this game and we just got lucky enough. Eastern is a great team and they came out strong Thursday night and really battled with us. There were times when we were down and then came back we just kept up the momentum. 36 hours of waiting around was pretty tough for the girls, we didn’t really do much,” said Sacred Heart Head Coach Dennis Truman. “We kept the girl’s minds in it, we relaxed and we knew that we’re a good team right off the start. We thought by having this four minutes early in the morning that we would be able to take it away and we did.”
In the previous meeting between the Eagles and the Valkyries, Eastern won 9-6.
“I think that was one of our best losses. We had two losses this season. I think that was the loss that gave us the extra push,” said Truman. “When we had to face them here the girls were not confident, they knew they had to push harder and put everything they had into it because Eastern is a really tough team.”
“ It felt amazing. We knew we could do it,” said Lily Terrell. “We just had to focus and our whole team just came together. We really earned it.”
Sacred Heart had control for the first ten minutes of the game scoring two goals within six minutes one by Julia Jardina and the other by Anna Laveck .
Eastern scored two goals of their own shortly after with the tying goal by UofL commit Maggie Foster with 13:32 left in the first half.
In the first half SHA led draw controls 5-2, but the Eagles Lilly Jones with the assist of Foster put their team ahead 4-3 going into half.
Eastern would come back from half firing with their largest lead coming at 6-3 with a goal by Bailey Stumpf with 18:34 left in the game.
The Valkyries were able to capitalize on an Eagles man down with a free position shot scored by Olivia Whitlock to cut the lead to two with 14:29 to go.
Laveck scored two goals off of free positions to help her team tie the game at six, but Eastern’s Ashley Strange put her team back on top leading 7-6 at 8:27.
Sacred Heart’s Jardina tied the game back up at seven just before the game would be postponed because of thunderstorms in the area.
Eastern would win the draw control when the game resumed on Saturday, but the Valkyries took care of business when Terrell scored the winning goal for Sacred Heart off a free position with 1:34 remaining.
“ I was thinking I needed to do this for my team,” said Terrell. “My team is always there for me and I need to work as hard as I can to get this ball in the goal for them.”
This win for the Valkyries is the first win in four years. Sacred Heart lost to KCD in 2018 and 2015. The win over the Eastern Eagles gives Sacred Heart the program’s fourth Kentucky Interscholastic Lacrosse League state championship and ended the season on a 10-game winning streak.
“Seeing the AD (Donna Moir) out there running out with a big smile it made me feel really good,” said Truman. “These seniors have had a lot of coaching turnover. I am just happy to be apart of the Sacred Heart community and bring this back to them.”
Ballard High School and UofL commit Ashley Osborne was named Miss Lacrosse of 2019.