LAX Valkyries Defeat the Rocks in Overtime

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LAX Valkyries Defeat the Rocks in Overtime

The Valkyries celebrating their win over the Shamrocks on Wednesday night.

The Valkyries celebrating their win over the Shamrocks on Wednesday night.

The Valkyries celebrating their win over the Shamrocks on Wednesday night.

The Valkyries celebrating their win over the Shamrocks on Wednesday night.

Katie Muldoon, Sports Editor

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The Sacred Heart valkyries defeated Trinity on Tuesday night, 9-8, to earn the 2017 Rock the Heart title.

This year’s lacrosse game between SHA and Trinity was in honor of former lacrosse referee, Savannah Walker.

Walker was killed in a tragic accident earlier this year. Both programs worked to raise money for Walker’s foundation at the University of Louisville. The teams also wanted to support Walker’s father and Manual girls lacrosse head coach, Dean Walker. Savannah Walker’s immense love and pride for the game was truly inspiring.

The game was tied 7-7 with 30 seconds left. Both teams managed to get another goal off and the game ended 8-8 in regulation time.

To battle it out in a 1 v 1, Sacred Heart sent senior Tara Johnson to take the draw. Johnson was successful in her mission, ending the game at 9-8.

Goals were scored by Johnson (4), senior Maddie Landoch (3), senior Nicole English and junior Lily Thornewill.

“We are honored this year to play for Savannah Walker and the foundation at the University of Louisville in her name. Her loss was devastating to our entire lacrosse community. We hope by contributing to the scholarship in her name, our girls take to heart her passion of equality and how she exemplified leadership,” said head lacrosse coach Dennis Truman.

Together, both teams were able to raise $2,200 with 100% of proceeds going towards the Savannah Walker foundation at UofL. Savannah’s memory and love of the sport will never be forgotten.