2021 Women’s Lacrosse Championship | East Chapel Hill sprints past Weddington 14-8 for second championship

RALEIGH, NC – East Chapel Hill got off to a fast start, netting three goals in the opening eight minutes of play to build an early lead and push on to a 14-8 win over Weddington in the 2021 Women’s Lacrosse State Championship Game. The Wildcats got five goals from Riley Ellis and four from Talia Zuco to grab the program’s second State Championship.

In addition to her four goals, Zuco was dominant on draws, helping the Wildcats maintain possession after their scores and earning her the game’s Most Valuable Player award. Along with Ellis’ five goals, the Wildcats got a nice three-goal, two-assist performance from senior Sophie Halus. 

After the Warriors got the scoring started as Elektra Koulouris found the back of the net off a feed from Ava Myers three minutes into the contest. That was the only lead the Warriors held in the game. East Chapel Hill scored the next three and six of the next seven goals on their way to a 6-2 lead and cruised from there.

The two teams traded early second-half goals before Weddington’s Jordyn Case netted a goal off a free position shot with 15:22 to go in the game. With weather entering the area, the game was suspended for just over two and a half hours with the Wildcats up 12-6. Case finished with a pair of goals and a pair of assists, leading the Warrior efforts. 

After the weather delay, each team tacked on a pair of goals, but East Chapel Hill managed to hold possession in their attacking end, forcing the Warrior defenders to chase as the clock dwindled. 

Weddington finished the season 17-2. The Warriors were 10-0 in Conference 13 play, winning the league championship. Weddington reached the State Championship for the first time in program history, winning the Western Regional Championship for the first time. 

East Chapel Hill finished the season 16-2, earning the conference title in Conference 4 with a perfect 11-0 record. The Wildcats won the program’s second Eastern Regional Championship and second State Championship, returning to the State Finals for the first time since beating Charlotte Catholic in 2015.

The NCHSAA is committed to highlighting and promoting outstanding sportsmanship. The Association has partnered with NC Farm Bureau to recognize one individual from each participating team in an NCHSAA State Championship who has demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship throughout the year. This year’s winners of the NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Awards for the Women’s Lacrosse Championship are Mia Farley from Weddington and Riley Akos from East Chapel Hill.

 
 
1H
2H
 
F
Weddington
3
5
-
8
East Chapel Hill
8
6
-
14

 

ECH
Stats
WED
25
Shots
22
19
S.O.G.
16
27
GB
19
9
Turnovers
7
8
Saves
5
 

First Half

22:00 WED – Elektra Koulouris goal, assisted by Ava Myers

21:45 ECH – Molly Reid goal, unassisted (Tied 1-1)

20:24 – ECH – Talia Zuco goal, unassisted off free-position shot (ECH 2-1)

17:40 – ECH – Sophie Halus goal, assisted by Regan Reed (ECH 3-1)

14:52 – WED – Jordyn Case goal, unassisted off free position shot (ECH 3-2)

14:22 – ECH – Talia Zuco goal, assisted by Sophie Halus (ECH 4-2)

12:56 – ECH – Talia Zuco goal, unassisted off free position shot (ECH 5-2)

11:53 – ECH – Sophie Halus goal, unassisted (ECH 6-2)

8:13 – WED – Ellie Webb goal, assisted by Jordyn Case (ECH 6-3)

2:37 – ECH – Riley Ellis goal, unassisted (ECH 7-3)

0:37 – ECH – Talia Zuco goal, unassisted (ECH 8-3)

Second Half

24:24 – ECH – Riley Ellis goal, unassisted (ECH 9-3)

22:42 – ECH – Sophie Halus goal, unassisted off free position shot (ECH 10-3)

22:08 – WED – Kendal Williams goal, unassisted off free position shot (ECH 10-4)

21:34 – ECH – Riley Ellis goal, assisted by Kate Levy (ECH 11-4)

20:09 – WED – Ellie Webb goal, unassisted off free position shot (ECH 11-5)

16:26 – ECH – Riley Ellis goal, unassisted (ECH 12-5)

15:22 – WED – Jordyn Case goal, unassisted off free position shot (ECH 12-6)

12:00 – ECH – Emma Benzinger goal, assisted by Sophie Halus (ECH 13-6)

5:56 – ECH – Riley Ellis goal, unassisted off free position shot (ECH 14-6)

4:59 – WED – Kendall Williams goal, unassisted off free position shot (ECH 14-7)

4:47 – WED – Ella Papke goal, assisted by Jordyn Case (ECH 14-8)