Hero’s wins third championship in high school girls bracket
But when his group of local all-stars walked away the victors of the Vail Lacrosse Shootout girls high school championship for the third time Tuesday, he still acted surprised.
“A few more gray hairs, things like that,” Hastings said. “Last year, we really didn’t get challenged all that much. We won by comfortable margins and it was satisfactory. But this year was gratifying. These weren’t just walkovers. The teams came out and played their best and we won. That’s satisfying.”
Hero’s held onto the ball the final four minutes of the championship against the Future Elite team from the Washington D.C. and Virginia area, holding on to a narrow 11-10 win.
The win was the third straight for Hero’s decided by a single goal. Tuesday, it was Angie Martin who scored the game-winner with six minutes to go to make it 11-9. The Future Elite managed a quick goal to follow, but the tired bunch couldn’t get the ball back down the stretch.
Baltimore player of the year Kristen Waagbo scored three goals and two assists in the championship.
The road through the Shootout for Hero’s was less than smooth. The squad beat A.A.W.L.A. 8-7 in overtime in the semifinals, and survived the Baltimore All Stars 8-7 in sudden death overtime in the quarters. Waagbo scored the tying score with one second left in regulation, and followed with the game winner in the final extra period.
Despite the extra time on the field, when it mattered, Hero’s lived up to its name.
“It’s been a long tournament,” Hastings said. “Both teams were tired coming in. We have strong stick-handling skills and were able to control the ball. It wore them out.”