Girls varsity lacrosse fell to Potomac Falls 9-12 during the State Championship game on June 10, a rematch of the 2016 State Championships, where Potomac Falls beat out Marshall 19-7.

Regardless of the loss, sophomore and varsity lacrosse player Emily Brunner said she is content with the determination and ability of the team.

“I am definitely still proud of our team because we played some amazing games this year,” Brunner said. “We made school history by winning the first girls lacrosse regional banner ever.”

Brunner accredits the real crutch in the game to the Statesmens’ lack of defense, as well as the Panthers’ offensive play.

“We need to work on defense pressuring ball and doubling,” Brunner said. “We sort of did it during the game, but we didn’t always connect like we should have.”

Sophomore Claire Cwalina said the stellar season is due to the team captains, expressing the benefits of their dedication for the sport.

“Really, our senior captains Lauren Deaver and Hannah Smith are truly the reason why we got this far,” Cwalina said. “They are the backbones of the team.”

Senior and team captain Lauren Deaver said that good sportsmanship is more important than titles.

“All our time and hard work together and being on this team is a million times better, in my eyes,” Deaver said.

Senior and varsity lacrosse player Lauren Deaver runs down the field in an attempt to shake off a defender. “Winning states was a goal, but we put up a good fight and came extremely close,” Deaver said.