MASON -- One day after escaping with a one-goal win in its semifinal, the New Albany High School girls lacrosse team beat Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 13-8 in Mason on Saturday to earn its third consecutive Division II state championship.

One day after escaping with a one-goal win in its semifinal, the New Albany High School girls lacrosse team beat Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 13-8 in Mason on Saturday to earn its third consecutive Division II state championship.

The Eagles avenged a 12-10 loss to Hathaway Brown on April 25.

"In today's game, we transitioned the ball a lot better," coach Scott Hamilton said. "We had outstanding goalie play from Sam Arey. And my defense really came up big. The girls came in, they crashed hard, and if the ball was one the ground, we won the 50-50 balls. That was the key."

New Albany finished 21-2 and Hathaway Brown finished 14-5.

Last season, New Albany beat West Chester Lakota West 21-2 in the state final. This season, with Division II realigned to include several former Division I teams such as Hathaway Brown, Chagrin Falls and Columbus Academy, the Eagles faced tougher competition. As a result, they lined up a tougher schedule, too.

"We're playing higher competition and getting more confident in close games," Molly Hamilton said. "Before, if it was a tight game, we would shut down. Now, if it's a tight game, we still have our heads on our shoulders and we can play through it and win."

Hamilton was named the state tournament Offensive MVP after scoring five goals, and Audrey Anthony was named Defensive MVP.

Seven players from New Albany's junior class have won all 15 postseason games in their careers.

"It feels kind of unreal," said Molly Hamilton, a junior. "It hasn't really hit me yet."