Jun. 4—COLUMBUS — No lead is ever safe, and Chagrin Falls learned that the hard way when the Tigers had an eight-goal advantage over Mairemont as time wound down in the first half of the Division II state final on June 4. Mariemont rattled off three straight to end the first half and carried that momentum to the second half.
The Warriors recorded nine goals in the second and took the Tigers to overtime tied at 13-13. Then Lucy Lysaght found the back of the net to down Chagrin Falls, 14-13, in the extra frame. This is the Tigers' fourth state runner-up finish, their first since 2019. Mariemont has won back-to-back as state championships.
Chagrin Falls (15-5) started with six straight goals to take an early lead. Coach KC White liked the aggression that she saw as Peyton Gellin and Aubree Daugherty recorded two goals a piece.
The early advantage was something that White stressed as the game began, as she knew the Mariemont offense was just as dangerous as their own. The draw control in the first half allowed for Chagrin Falls to control the early portion of the game.
"We got out to a good lead and were winning the draw," said White. "We capitalized offensively, taking advantage of the opportunities that we created and talked in the locker room before the game about getting out to a great start. We were proud of what we did to get that lead."
Both Gellin and Daugherty finished the first half with hat tricks. However, Mariemont rode out the early onslaught of goals from Chagrin Falls and trimmed the lead with three goals before the halftime buzzer.
As the second half started the script flipped with Mariemont being the aggressor, scoring two goals for every Chagrin goal. But even with a better attacking third in the second half, the Tigers kept the lead until just under three minutes to play when Piper George snuck one past Kiera Moran and made it 13-12 Warriors.
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"This was a game of possessions and they took advantage of that in the second half," said White. "The draw control kept going their way and we were unable to take advantage of that part of the game. Even though they took the momentum we kept pushing and trying to get those goals in."
But Chagrin Falls wasn't ready to head home yet. Similarly to the state semifinal against Rocky River, Daugherty scored with less than a minute left to tie the game at 13-13 and force overtime.
But the Tigers were unable to stall the Mariemont attack in the extra frame as Lysaght was able to finish the game and deliver the Warriors their third state championship. Lysaght was one of three Warriors that finished with multiple goals in the game as George led the way with five and Caroline Soller recorded two.
In her first year back, White is happy with the progression the Tigers made this season. While 11 players graduate, she is confident that the Tigers will return to the state championship game.
"We left everything we had on the field," said White. "We were 6-12 last year and had some tough losses. We put in the time and worked to get better every time we were on the field. To put together a season where we went 15-5 and return to the state final shows how far we've come. We're going to build on this momentum and continue to work to get better as a program."
Gellin led the way for Chagrin Falls with her five goals, followed by Daugherty with four and both Oakleigh Neithammer and Alex Chinnici recorded a pair.