A future Dartmouth Big Green women’s lacrosse player battled against Red Devils last weekend and ended up feeling kind of … blue.
New Trier junior attack Lucy Murray scored a goal and assisted on another in the Trevians’ 13-3 loss to host Hinsdale Central’s Red Devils in the inaugural Illinois High School Association girls lacrosse state championship game June 2.
“Hinsdale Central’s pressure in the midfield caused a lot of turnovers,” the 5-foot-10 Murray said the day after she poured in six goals and had four assists in NT’s 14-3 defeat of Naperville North in a state semifinal at HCHS.
“They also won a lot of draws and capitalized often, and their time of possession hurt us,” the 2017 All-American added. “Possession is such a key thing in lacrosse. Tough loss. Unfortunate for us. But it was an honor to play in this game.”
HC (18-5) led 4-2 at the half, after trailing 2-1, and struck for the first four goals of the second half. New Trier (20-4), which beat HC 11-9 in a regular-season game May 17, notched its third goal — by sophomore middie Charley Meier, on a slick feed from Murray — with 6:27 left, ending more than a 38-minute scoring drought.
“[Hinsdale Central] got to a lot of groundballs, played with a lot of poise and had a great game plan,” said Trevians coach Pete Collins, whose crew had entered the championship game on an 11-game winning streak, during which it averaged 15.5 goals per game. “We played a lot of ‘D’ in the first half.”
NT got a lot of “0” from Murray this spring. The Dartmouth recruit, a savvy and tireless and tough player, paced her team in goals (83) and assists (52).
“Lucy gave us a lift with her play when we needed one,” Meier said. “We relied on her. She made the right moves. She was a great attacker who found the net so well.”
Murray, the younger sister of Stanford graduate and Cardinal women’s lacrosse great Kelsey Murray, grew up watching Northwestern University women’s lacrosse teams compete in Evanston. Two-time All-American Danielle Spencer played on three NU national championship teams between 2006-10.
“She was a draw-control specialist,” Lucy Murray recalled.
What Spencer will be, beginning with the 2020 women’s lacrosse season at the college level: Murray’s Big Green coach at Dartmouth.
But Murray gets to play prep lacrosse with Meier (33 goals, 27 assists in ’18) for one more season, and that thought made Murray smile after the state title game last weekend.
“Charley,” Murray said, “is such an amazing all-around player, from one end of the field to the other. Unreal; she is unreal. Gets every ball, gets every interception, makes great cuts.”
Trevians senior and University of Massachusetts-Amherst-bound Courtney Kaskey scored NT’s second goal against HC last weekend, bouncing a shot past Red Devils senior goalie Kelsie Chisholm at 21:26 of the first half to tie it at 1.
“A good blend of girls,” Collins said of his state runner-up squad. “Lot of fun. The kids cared about their teammates, and every day they made it fun for me.
“I enjoyed being around them and coaching them.”
Notable: In addition to Lucy Murray’s six-goal, four-assist effort in New Trier’s 14-3 defeat of Naperville North in a state semifinal at Hinsdale Central June 1, the Trevians received four goals and three assists from senior middie Courtney Kaskey and two goals and an assist from senior attack Sophia King. … The Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association (IHSWLA) named Murray, Kaskey and sophomore middies Charley Meier and Claudia Shevitz first-team all-staters. King and NT junior middie Claire Gottreich earned IHSWLA honorable mention honors. … Trevians girls lacrosse coach Pete Collins has a 344-72-10 record (.808) in 17 years at the school. … Former New Trier All-America lacrosse player Kelsey Murray — the older sister of Lucy and a daughter of NT girls assistant lacrosse coach Kristin Murray — finished her collegiate lacrosse career at Stanford as the Cardinal’s all-time leader in points (314), goals (192), assists (122) and games played (81). Murray played her final season at Stanford as a graduate student in 2018. … Class act: Hinsdale Central junior middie Kristiana Strtak (5 goals) hit the turf while scoring the Red Devils’ eighth goal in the state title game at Hinsdale Central June 2. Strtak looked up and grabbed an extended right hand — the one belonging to helpful NT senior defender Gaby Malnati.
Loyola Academy: Nine-time reigning Illinois High School Women’s Lacrosse Association (IHSWLA) state champion Loyola Academy lost 8-5 to host Hinsdale Central in an Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state semifinal June 1. Ramblers senior middie Riley Dolan scored two goals and assisted on another, and sophomore middie Annabelle Burke tallied twice.
The Ramblers hadn’t lost to an Illinois school all spring and hadn’t lost to any school since April 7, when they fell 15-7 at Washington Georgetown Visitation Prep in D.C.
LA then defeated Naperville North 17-6 in the game for third place June 2, with freshman reserve middie Maley Starr pacing the attack with four goals and an assist. Dolan, sophomore middie Sophia Rucker, senior attack Claire Caffery, junior defender/middie Lauryn Repp and junior attack/middie Emily Doell each scored a pair of goals.
Junior Annie Enrietto (3 saves) and senior Mary Kate Campbell (1) shared the time in goal for the Ramblers (22-4).
Ramblers coach John Dwyer’s 17-year record at the school is 390-62-1 (.861).
Dolan (the team’s leading scorer with 65 goals), Repp, Rucker and sophomore defender Audrey Brett were named to the IHSWLA all-state first team. Burke, Enrietto, Caffery, Campbell and LA junior attack/middie Maggie Gorman earned all-state honorable mention honors.