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Ursuline falls to St. John's in girls lacrosse state final, 15-5
SOUTHLAKE — Reaching the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state final was a notable accomplishment for Ursuline, the No. 3 tournament seed.
At stake for opposing finalist Houston St. John’s was the completion of its first lacrosse triple, having already won city and Southwest Preparatory Conference titles.
Ursuline started nervously, falling behind 5-0 before attempting its first shot. St. John’s, oozing confidence, breezed to a 15-5 victory Sunday at the North Park lacrosse complex.
Amanda Leavell, who plans to continue her lacrosse career at Princeton, scored five goals to lead the St. John’s attack. Four of those came in the final seven minutes of the first half when St. John’s (20-2) extended a 5-2 lead to 12-2 at the break.
Her rash of goals was not exactly by design.
“It’s just when the opportunities come and it depends on the flow of the game,” Leavell said.
St. John’s, an eight-time state champion, enjoyed a ball possession edge thanks to the faceoff work of Eden Epner.
“We knew that we were up against a great team,” said Ursuline coach Lori Wales. “I’m proud of the girls for all they accomplished this season.”
Madeline Beecherl scored once and set up another in the second half for the Bears (14-2).
“It was fun to play them because they are a great team,” said Beecherl, a senior attacker. “Second in state is not bad.”
Senior Mary Kate Nawalaniec, smothered by the St. John’s defense in the first half, led Ursuline with two goals.
Randy Jennings is a Grand Prairie-based freelance writer.