For the first time in Colorado girls high school lacrosse history, CHSAA awarded two state championships this spring.
And, of course, one of them went to Colorado Academy.
The Mustangs claimed their sixth consecutive state title Wednesday night, beating Valor Christian 14-3 in the first Class 5A championship game at Legacy Stadium in Aurora.
“I am so so proud of our whole team,” Colorado Academy head coach Laura Sandbloom said. “But particularly our seniors. They led our team through a really tough season … And I just am so proud of them for their leadership and where they brought us. They are undefeated in their four years.”
The Mustangs have now played in sixth straight state championship matches and won all six. The only girls lacrosse program with more state titles is Cherry Creek, which Colorado Academy beat in its first five title game trips when there was just one classification for the sport.
“There’s a lot of pressure for us to uphold that standard,” senior Maya Rutherford said. “And I’m just so proud we did. It’s amazing.”
The commanding win put the finishing touches on a third straight undefeated season for Colorado Academy. The team’s last loss came on April 20, 2017 to Loyola Academy of Wilmette, Ill. (There was no season in 2020.) And it hasn’t lost to a team from Colorado since 2015.
Sandbloom was the assistant coach for the first five championships and this was her first state title as head coach.
“It’s really about the program tradition,” Sandbloom said.
It didn’t take long for the Mustangs (13-0) to take over Wednesday night’s championship game. They got on the board first with a goal from freshman Vivian Leuthold and never turned back.
Senior Katharine Merrifield had three goals, adding to her 31 goals on the season, which was second on the team. Merrifield will play her college lacrosse for the Michigan Wolverines along with Rutherford, her teammate.
The team leader in goals, Jessie Bakes — who will play her college lacrosse in the Ivy League at Brown — scored twice. She had 54 goals on the season.
Valor (11-2) picked up a couple of goals in the first half from senior Payton Cheedle and sophomore Kaley Kekac but were held in the second half to just one goal from junior Tess Osburn.
Colorado Academy didn’t allow more than five goals throughout the playoffs. As they say, defense wins championships.
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