The DeSales High School girls lacrosse team fell two wins short of its second consecutive Division II state championship.
Camille Concannon scored in the first minute of the second overtime to give Chagrin Falls a 9-8 victory over the Stallions in a state semifinal May 30 at Wooster.
DeSales, which finished 18-2, trailed by three goals twice in the second half and 8-7 with less than a minute to play in regulation. Down 7-4 with 13 minutes, 48 seconds to play, the Stallions rallied with a goal from Sophia Finotti and two from Jennie Finotti, the second of which tied the game at 7.
Jennie and Sophia Finotti each finished with three goals.
“In the first half, we got trapped into playing their game, but the second half was more our style,” DeSales coach Joe Finotti said. “We moved better without the ball and we were more aggressive when we had the ball. We controlled more draws and got more girls involved.”
Ally Ducas put Chagrin Falls ahead 8-7 with three minutes to play, but an own goal off Tigers goalkeeper Mackenzie Lurch tied the game at 8 with 45 seconds left.
Chagrin Falls dominated possession in the first overtime, but DeSales goalie Emily Kraker made three of her nine saves to prolong the game.
“She played hard,” coach Finotti said of Kraker. “She made some key saves and kept us in the game.”
Katie Beg scored three goals to lead the Tigers, who improved to 17-4 and will play Cincinnati Indian Hill in the state final June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University. Concannon and Ducas both scored two goals.
The game was a rematch of last year’s state final, won by DeSales 10-7.