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Coppell Cowgirls Varsity Lacrosse Team

COPPELL COWGIRLS VARSITY LACROSSE

May 5, 2016

by David Harp

 

Cowgirls Varsity Lacrosse Competes for State Title in Coppell this Weekend

They’re calling it the Road to Red. It’s the name given to the Cowgirls’ quest to win state. These are the final high school games for 12 seniors. Most of them have played lacrosse—and other sports—together since elementary school. In their 4 years of high school lacrosse, they’ve won 54 regular season and playoff games. In order to successfully complete their mission, they only need to win 3 more. But a loss at any point will result in the end of their high school careers. Did somebody say pressure?

In reality though, it’s the pressure that makes the games so much fun. It brings the sisterhood of the sport more into focus. With each game magnified, so is the meaning of their journey together. Like the shared embraces that help cope with the agony of a heartbreaking loss. Or the dog pile on your goalie in the elation of a hard fought victory. This Cowgirls team has experienced both sides of the coin, and they hope this year the story ends with them holding the championship cup. It won’t be easy, but in 2016 they have a new advantage.

Unlike last year, when the Texas High School Girls Lacrosse State Playoffs were held at St. John’s School in Houston, this year the entire tournament is being hosted in the friendly and familiar confines of Coppell. As the 2015 host team, the St. John’s Lady Mavericks triumphed over the Cowgirls in the state finals by a score of 12-8. This year, Coppell hopes that having the games on their turf, with the support of their friends, family and community, will make the difference.

Defending champion St. John’s holds the #1 seed this year, and the Cowgirls #2. They’re once again on a collision course to duke it out for a championship rematch. But first, Coppell must take down a feisty Cedar Park team from Austin, and then the winner of the other quarterfinal game between Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD) and Kingwood. If the semi-final game sees the Cowgirls facing ESD, it will mark the 3rd time these top 2 teams in the North District have squared off, with ESD winning the regular season matchup, 12-8, and Coppell taking the district championship game, 15-3.

If Coppell and St. John’s do reach the championship game for an encore, the game will feature D1 college commits in the double digits. Girls from these teams will be playing at the next level for top programs, including Syracuse, Northwestern, Stanford, Arizona State, Virginia Tech and others. Throughout the state tournament this weekend, it’s safe to say that a higher level of girls’ lacrosse will have never been played in the Lone Star State.

One other thing that’s certain, for 12 Coppell Cowgirls seniors, their journey will end this weekend. They hope it will be with the highest elation possible, concluding their high school lacrosse experience as state champions. Regardless, they’ll have an incredible road to look back upon. One that’s filled with unforgettable memories of not just a team, but a group of friends that became more like sisters.

Whether you’re a huge fan of lacrosse, or have never seen a game, this is the weekend to fill the stands and support this outstanding group of girls. Here are the game times for the Division 1 and Division 2 state playoffs, being held at Coppell Middle School North (D1) and Coppell Middle School West (D2).