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Lake Forest back where it belongs

Updated: December 4, 2012 6:08AM

Sick of staring at the second place trophy on its mantel, Lake Forest finally owns the championship hardware.

An Emily Cavalaris goal just before the end of the first half broke up a scoreless tie. And when Morgan Dever drove home a second goal three minutes into the second to make it 2-0 Scouts, Loyola Academy (20-4) had no answer the rest of the game. After finishing in second place three straight seasons, Lake Forest (20-2) won the Illinois Field Hockey Association state championship 3-0 over the Ramblers last Saturday.

“If there was a team to do it, it’s this team,” Dever said. “All of us wanted it so bad. Our effort outweighed our desire today.”

Twenty-four hours after an emotional 1-0 win over top seed New Trier, Loyola managed to slow down Lake Forest’s possessions in the first half. But the Scouts depth, speed and superior stick-handling ability wore down the Ramblers in the final 20 minutes.

On the Scouts’ second goal, with 27:04 remaining in the second half, junior Emily George fired a crossing pass to Dever, a senior, who directed the ball into the back of the goal.

Lake Forest’s relentless pressure led to its third goal, scored by junior MacKenzie Adams off a corner set with 15:42 remaining in the game. By then, the Scouts had already removed many of its starters.

Although the Scouts did not have to beat three-time defending state champion New Trier on their way to the state title, the victory could not be any more satisfying.

“I thought coming in it wouldn’t mean as much but it means everything,” Lake Forest coach Melanie Walsh said. “It was so hard fought. It doesn’t matter who we beat.”

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