WELLESLEY-- The Division 2 Girls Lacrosse State Championship featured a stingy Manchester Essex defense up against a high-powered Cohasset offense.
In the end, the offense won out.
The Skippers poured on the goals in a 14-3 win to capture the state championship.
The Hornet’s incredible run, which took them to the final game of the season and the Division 2 North championship, comes to an end with a record of 17-6.
“We made some mistakes against a great team and I hope my players don’t let this score define what was an incredible season for us,” said head coach Nan Gorton, who got to the state finals in her first season at the helm.
Cohasset came out flying with three goals in the first three minutes and they never looked back from there.
By the time Manchester Essex found the back of the net, on a goal from freshman Cecelia Mastendino, the Skippers had already put seven goals on the board.
“This was a total team win,” Cohasset head coach Kully Reardon said.
“We had a very balanced attack, great defense, great goalie and it feels like what we’ve worked so hard for has finally come to fruition.”
Jane Hansen got the scoring started just 34 seconds in after forcing a turnover at midfield.
Molly Stephens convert a free shot two minutes later and found the net again 23 seconds after that for a 3-0 Cohasset lead.
Stephens completed the hat trick four minutes later and goals from Hansen and Molly Donovan gave Cohasset a 7-0 lead, 10:48 into the first half.
Mastendino found the back of the net with 10 minutes to go in the half, but Molly Greer, Donovan and Hansen finished the half with three straight goals, Hansen’s coming with 36 seconds on the clock, to give the eventual state champs a commanding 10-1 lead at the break.
“Our teamwork and how much we all want it propelled us to a big win today,” Hansen said.
“We work hard in practice and it shows.”
Despite the effort from Manchester Essex goalie Bella Pomeroy, who made three difficult saves early in the second half, Cohasset continued to control with three more goals, all from Hansen to bring her total to six for the game, in the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Brigid Edgerton and Lily Athanas scored for Manchester Essex late in the second half.
The finish may have been tough, but the Hornets turned in a season to remember.
The season was highlighted by a pair of pulse pounding tournament wins over Newburyport in the Division 2 North Finals (7-6) and Bromfield in the Division 2 State Semifinals (11-10).
“To be able to get some goals in the second half showed a lot of composure, a lot of heart,” Gorton said. “I’ll always be proud of the team for how far they advanced.”