On June 8, the Girls Lacrosse team played in the biggest game of their lives, so far.
The team squared off against Madison to cap off their season. The Saxons outscored their opponents 37-17 in the games prior to the championship round. Langley would go on to win their first State Championship for the Girls Lacrosse team. The Saxons won by a score of 17-10, a year after losing 13-9 to Robinson at States.
Leading 11-5 at halftime, things got tighter in the second half with Langley barely outscoring the Warhawks 6-5. But Langley’s hot start was all they needed to beat Madison, and Head Coach Bucky Morris couldn’t have been happier. “We knew we had to play a tougher schedule this year to get back to States again,” he explained. Some of Langley’s opponents were Nationally-ranked this season, including teams from Ohio and Pennsylvania.
This wasn’t the first time that Langley played against Madison this past season, this was the third time they faced each other. The Saxon’s victory was seen as inevitable, “We knew were going to win before the game,” according to Morris, “We lost in the State Semi-Finals two years ago and we lost States last year, so the natural progression would be for us to win.” Senior Co-Captain London Simonides added that, “Even though I’m a senior, this win means the same to everyone, because of all the work we put into this, we got what we wanted at the end.”
Simonides was one of the key players in Langley’s victory, scoring six goals in the game. But her favorite moment happened after the game ended, “[It] was when the final buzzer rang and my entire team was in shock that we won and made history,” she said.
Simonides had ACL surgery last April, but she knew that soldiering on for the team was her only option. “I’ve learned that as long as I give it everything I’ve got, I will achieve the goals I have set for myself,” she said proudly.