The District 1 runner-up Harriton marched to a 12-6 victory over District 3 champion Manheim Township on Saturday to win the Class 3A title at West Chester East.
The first half showed signs that the game could go down to the wire with each team swapping goals. Rams attacker Allison Schwab, who finished with four goals on the afternoon, opened the scoring nearly four minutes into the first half, but Manheim Township evened the score on a Taylor Kopan goal with 14:12 remaining in the half.
The teams traded goals until the scoreboard read 4-4, but Harriton found a way to create some separation late in the half, as goals by Katelin Williams and Grace Dwyer gave the Rams a 6-4 lead. Kopan again found the back of the net to cut the lead to one goal, but Harriton scored twice more to take an 8-5 lead into halftime.
The big hero? Harriton Goalie Alex Turner. She stopped everything except for one goal in the second half.
Harriton (24-2) fielded nine seniors while Township (22-4) had just two. Harriton has averaged 16.8 goals a game in the tough Central League.
For the record, no team from District 3 has won a state title in girls lacrosse.