The McKinney Lacrosse Club Varsity Girls won the Division II State Championship defeating Frisco in the title game 9-8 in Houston on the first weekend of May. In their first trip to the state finals, the McKinney squad, representing the McKinney Independent School District and the City of McKinney, overcame deficits in the second half of the semifinals and finals to claim the cup.
McKinney is coached by head coach Morgan McDonald and assisted by Brad McDonald and Justin Hanley. Morgan had this to say about the win. “I am so incredibly proud of this team and their hard work this year. When I started here at McKinney Lacrosse, four years ago, I told my then Freshman that their Senior year, we would win the State title – here we are! For my Senior Captains, they’ve been waiting for this day for 4 years and I’m so thankful that I was able to be apart of this huge celebration with them. All the games played this weekend were played as a unit; showing an incredible amount of heart and passion towards the game of Lacrosse and the success of our team ... they never, ever gave up! Our team has worked so hard this year towards achieving this title and we’re so blessed to say that we’re State Champs!”
McKinney Lacrosse Club's girls team celebrates winning the state title.
In their journey to the state tournament, the team went 9-0 in District play. Although they suffered a setback in losing the North District championship game to Frisco, the team seeded 4th in the state tournament and met Bowie in the Quarterfinals, winning 16-7. Moving to the Semifinals against previously undefeated St. Agnes Academy of Houston, the McKinney girls started fast, but fell behind 9-6 deep into the second half. Showing the depth of their character, they rallied with five goals and tremendous team defense to hold St. Agnes scoreless, winning 11-9. In the Finals against District rival, Frisco, the lead was traded back and forth by in a game demonstrating amazing skill on both offense and defense on both teams. Even though the game was in Houston, it felt like a home game due to the large crowd and outstanding fan support for McKinney. McKinney tied the score with just over a minute left and scored the winning goal with only 12 ticks left on the clock. The team erupted in joy at the final buzzer mobbing the game MVP, goalie Emily Davidson, on the field. The girls were awarded the Championship Cup to conclude a great season.
The girls’ lacrosse program was started only 5 years ago and has grown along with the sport in Texas in size and competitiveness. “I’m so happy for our players and coaches who all worked so hard to achieve this tremendous goal“, said Chad Gibbons, Club President, “We are confident this win will help increase interest from others across the City enriching our program even further. We are proud to make this growing sport available to athletes from 1st-12th grade, boys and girls, across the city of McKinney.”
The McKinney Lacrosse Club would also like to congratulate the boys’ varsity team on making it to the Semifinals in their Division II championship run, losing a heartbreaker to the eventual State Champions, Highland Park, 13-12. The Boys’ Varsity has made it to the State Final Four in back to back seasons.
A big thank you from the Club to all the Moms who came out on Mother's Day to watch the game.