St. Joseph's Academy wins lacrosse state title

The St. Joseph's Academy lacrosse team won the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association Class 2 girls championship May 23 with an 11-10 win over Cor Jesu. The win was the school's first title in lacrosse.

Clare Goessling scored with 7 seconds left for the win. Jackie Karl had three players guarding her when she made the pass to Goessling, who was open in front of the net.

At a time out just before the goal, St. Joseph's coach, Jennifer Bisch asked her players to "lay it all on the line" and her players said, "we can do this."

Karl scored five goals. Goalie Quinn Williamson made seven saves in the second half. St. Joseph's ended the year with a 19-4 record, with three of the losses by just one goal. The team advanced to the finals with an 11-2 win over Eureka.

Cor Jesu defeated Webster Groves 16-10 to get to the finals.

In boys lacrosse, Priory and Christian Brothers College High School fell just short, finishing second in the state. Priory lost to Parkway West 13-9 in the Division 2 championship game, and CBC lost to Mary Institute Country Day School 13-3 in Division 1.

After starting the program five years ago, this year was Priory's second year with a varsity squad. Thirteen seniors led the team into the playoffs with a 13-1 regular season record.

The team defeated Columbia Rock Bridge in the quarterfinals 12-1. Against Clayton in the semifinals, senior Jack Grewe led the way with six goals. In the championship game, after trailing at half, Priory gained a two-goal lead in the third quarter before Parkway West pulled ahead. Seniors George Paletta, John Agnew and Grewe tallied four, three and two goals respectively.

"Being such a small school with such a short history in the sport of lacrosse, it was a great achievement to reach the state championship this year. The 13 departing seniors have hopefully laid the foundation for a successful future for Priory lacrosse," coach Anthony Finan said.

CBC played well at the start of the championship game before MICDS took control. Joe Rachid had two goals for CBC. The team advanced to the finals with an 8-7 win over St. Louis University High School. Under coach Eddie Condon, CBC won state championships in 2007 and 2013. The team also came in second last year. 

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