CHESTERTOWN, Md. — As nearly all of the South River field hockey players sprinted to mob each other in a huddle near their goal, Abbey Lawrence and Jennie Milligan stayed on the other end of the field and shared a more personal celebration.
The senior captains had played on the South River varsity for four outstanding seasons, so when they finally achieved their goal Saturday of winning the Maryland 4A championship, they needed an extra minute to savor it.
“I’m speechless,” Milligan said through tears. “It literally means everything to us. We’ve worked so hard to get here and everything we did paid off. It’s the best feeling in the entire world.”
Lawrence and Milligan each scored a goal, and sophomore forward Kayla White scored two as top-ranked South River (17-1-1) cruised to a 6-0 win over Catonsville (13-4) at Washington College.
The victory gave the Seahawks the fourth state championship in program history, and their first since 2006.