Indian Hill girls lacrosse wins state title in final seconds

In a back-and-forth affair that went down to the final five seconds, No. 1 Indian Hill topped No. 3 Chagrin Falls in the girls lacrosse Division II state championship to earn their school’s first girls team state championship.

“It was amazing,” Braves senior Robin Schumacher said. “It was a feeling we’ve never had before. We’ve been working for it for four years, and it’s amazing to finally achieve it.”

Schumacher helped lead Indian Hill to a 13-12 win over the Chagrin Falls at Selby Stadium in Delaware Saturday.

Despite their late-game successes, the Braves didn’t get off to the best start.

Down 6-4 at halftime, Indian Hill watched Tigers’ Catie Beg and Camille Concannon find the back of the net at the start of the second half to improve Chagrin Falls’ lead to 8-4.

With their backs against the wall, the Braves then rebounded with six unanswered goals to reclaim the lead, 10-8.

“I just called over my seniors and Ellie Rabenold, my sophomore who's a superstar, and just said you guys have to take this team on your back at this point,” Indian Hill coach Morgan McDonald said. “If you guys want it, this is your time.”

Rabenold and company did just that.



Indian Hill senior midfielder Lily Lance first lifted her team’s spirits with her second goal of the game at minute 22:33 to start the Braves’ onslaught. Following two Rabenold goals, Schumacher picked up the game-tying goal with 17:47 left on the clock.

Committed to the University of Cincinnati, Lance will graduate Indian Hill with a legacy tagged to her name.

“She’s a workhorse in the midfield, she’s fast as lightning and we’ll miss her speed next year,” McDonald said.

Indian Hill’s savvy sophomore Regan Wentz and Schumacher went on to improve the Braves’ lead to 10-8.

“Robin (Schumacher) is the most consistent player I’ve ever had the honor of coaching,” McDonald said. “She is a workhorse. She will push herself.”

Despite having suffered an injury to her hip flexor earlier in the game, Schumacher decided against seeing the sideline to continue to carry her team on her back, a testament to McDonald’s theme of the contest.

“[The] theme for the game today was sacrifice,” McDonald said. “Sacrifice yourself, so your teammate can have a better game.”

Tigers' Ali Mazzola made a last-ditch effort to keep Chagrin Falls in the mix with a set of back-to-back goals at minutes 11:43 and 10:59 to tie the game at 10-10.

To no surprise, the two teams were neck and neck all the way into the final seconds.

Following two goals from both sides, Indian Hill’s Sarah Price picked up her first goal of the game and the Division II State Championship for her Braves off an assist from Lance.

Price, the graduating senior turned hero, needed few words to describe her epic feat.

“It was amazing,” Price said. “The adrenaline, the excitement, so much was going through my head. In the end, it was amazing.”

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Career      
Goals: Player Goals Year
1 Kelly Hilmer 249 2008-2011
2 Andi King 220 2004-2007
3 Emily Rentschler 143 2009-2011
4 Gabi Gibson 123 2012-2016
5 Emma Goold 121 2009-2012
6 Chelsae Bieser 115 2005-2007
7 Kathleen Heinbach 69 2009-2012
8 Riley Irvine 62 2007-2010
9 Abbey Vollmer 51 2007-2010
10 Katherine Krefting 45 2005-2006
11 Casey Hilmer 38 2005-2008
Assists: Player Assists Year
1 Kelly Hilmer 75 2008-2011
2 Gabi Gibson 60 2012-2015
3T Andi King 55 2004-2007
3T Emma Goold 55 2009-2012
5 Emily Rentschler 49 2009-2011
6 Katherine Krefting 47 2005-2006
7 Chelsae Bieser 41 2005-2007
8T Casey Hilmer 38 2005-2008
8T Kae Yamaguci 38 2013-2016
Pts: Player Points Year
1 Kelly Hilmer 324 2008-2011
2 Andi King 275 2004-2007
3 Emily Rentschler 192 2009-2011
4 Gabi Gibson 183 2012-2015
5 Emma Goold 178 2009-2012
6 Chelsae Bieser 156 2005-2007
7 Katherine Krefting 92 2005-2006
8 Kathleen Heinbach 87 2009-2012
9 Elena Horton 78 2011-2014
10 Casey Hilmer 76 2005-2008
Saves: Player Saves Year
1 Ashley Faulkner 484 2010-2012
2 Allie Lach 475 2013-2016  
3 Christina Howell 263 2005-2006
4 Mackenzie Rolls 204 2005-2007
5 Jenna Simandl 135 2007-2009
6 Hayley Crombleholm 103 2008-2009
Season      
Goals: Player Goals Year
1 Kelly Hilmer 83 2009
2 Kelly Hilmer 77 2011
3 Gabi Gibson 76 2016
4 Andi King 70 2007
5 Robin Schumacher 61 2016
Assists: Player Assists Year
1 Gabi Gibson 31 2015
2 Gabi Gibson 29 2014
3 Emma Goold 27 2011
4 Katherine Krefting 26 2005
5 Emily Rentschler 26 2011
6 Kelly Hilmer 25 2011
Nicole Gibson  24 2012 
Pts: Player Points Year
1 Gabi Gibdon 105 2014
2 Kelly Hilmer 102 2011
3 Kelly Hilmer 99 2009
4 Emily Rentschler 85 2011
5 Kelly Hilmer 80 2010
6 Andi King 80 2007
Saves: Player Saves Year
1 Ashley Faulkner 227 2012
2 Allie Lach 202 2014
3 Mackenzie Rolls 198 2007
4 Allie Lach 164 2016
5 Ashley Faulkner 157 2011