It almost seems fit for a Hollywood sports drama: two previously injured players come back in the biggest game of their lives and they each score a goal. But unlike Hollywood, their goals didn’t affect the outcome of the game. Instead, their goals were the cherries on top of a dominating performance by the Broadneck Lady Bruins as the team won their second consecutive Class 4A state title with a 17-4 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) on May 26 at Ridley Athletic Complex.
This was the first game back for Sophia Facciponti and Molly Yeomans, who were both returning from torn ACLs. Yeomans had suffered her injury in the state semifinal game last year. As for Facciponti, she had been on a much longer recovery journey, having suffered three separate ACL tears in the previous three seasons. It only made sense then that the loudest cheers of the night from the Broadneck players and fans came when those two were able to find the back of the net.
The Bruins were in control almost from the start of the game. They scored first before BCC tied the game 1-1 around six minutes into the first half. From there, the Bruins turned the game into a clinic as Lexi Dupcak had a hat trick and Sam Lavorini had four points (one goal and three assists) in the first half and the Bruins rattled off 11 unanswered goals to head into halftime up 12-1.
The first half was a continuation of the offensive juggernaut that the Bruins had become in the playoffs. While their offense had been good all year, they found another gear in the playoffs, as they outscored their opponents 67-23 in the games leading up to the title game. With the game well in hand midway through the second half, head coach Katy Kelley put a neat bow on another state title when Facciponti and Yeomans stepped onto the field.
“That was the highlight of the game for all of us,” Katy Kelley said. “Being in this for so long, you realize that winning a title is so few and far between and two in a row are really few and far between. I just feel privileged and blessed to have girls that play really good lacrosse, love each other, are unselfish players, work hard, fight, giggle and have fun together.”
The Lady Bruins finished the season with a 17-3 record. While they will lose senior goalie Chloe Rand, three of their top offensive players will be back. Lilly Kelley and Dupcak will both be senior midfielders while attacker Olivia Orso will be a junior. With so much talent coming back, a third consecutive state title is possible for the Bruins next year.