Kell girls lacrosse earns first trip to finals

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Lambert and Roswell advanced to the boys Class AAAAAA state championship on Tuesday by eliminating teams that they had previously beat in the regular season. Lambert was the only in-state school to beat Milton this season (13-11 on March 18) and grabbed another two-goal victory (10-8) Tuesday night over the Eagles to advance to the state championship for the fourth straight season.

The Longhorns were paced with a pair of first-half goals by Sean Curruthers and took a 10-2 lead heading into the fourth. Milton scored six unanswered to make it a 10-8 game, but Lambert was able to hold the comeback attempt short.

Roswell also used an early lead to hold off its opponent in the semifinals and defeated visiting Walton 12-8. The teams traded goals early and the score was tied 2-2 before Roswell netted five consecutive goals to take a 7-2 lead. Walton did its best to rally back and used a 4-1 run to cut the deficit to 8-6 entering the final quarter. Peter Kavney opened the fourth quarter with a Walton goal to make it 8-7, but Roswell was able to pull away. The Hornets swept the season series with Area 2-rival Walton with their 12-9 victory on April 23.

Roswell and Lambert faced once this season and the visiting Longhorns won the March 12 matchup with a 9-8 edge.

Class A-AAAAA set its girls state championship on Tuesday as Kell and Westminster advanced to the finals. Kell survived Blessed Trinity with a 12-11 victory and advanced to the program’s first state championship. Westminster, the four-time defending state champs dominated St. Pius with a 19-9 win to return to the finals.

Westminster has lost one game to an in-state opponent all season and it was a 14-9 loss to the high-powered Longhorns. Kell’s semifinals victory moved the school to a record 19 wins. Leslie Ferguson netted five of Kell’s 12 goals in the semis and teammates Haley Swift and Izzy Palermo both tabbed hat-tricks. Swift led Kell in the first round with four goals and six assists and the potent Kell offense is averaging 16.6 goals per game this season.


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