In her years on the sideline, from high school to the colleges, Kully Reardon says she has never coached girls any faster than the Hansen sisters, Elle and Jane.
“The fastest human beings I have ever seen” said Reardon, the girls’ lacrosse coach at Cohasset High.
That heavy praise may not stand the test of time. But the performance of the Hansen sisters, and their quick-strike ability in Saturday morning’s Division 2 state final at BU’s Nickerson Field, certainly will.
Fighting through constant face guards, and putting constant pressure on the Walpole defense with their speed in transition, the Hansens combined for 9 points as the Skippers sailed to a 14-6 victory for the program’s first state championship.
“This is the best feeling in the world,” said Elle Hansen, a junior attack who contributed two goals and an assist.
“We wanted it so bad, we’ve worked so hard to get here, and this is just unbelievable. I can’t even describe it. It’s so amazing.”
Walpole (22-3) caught Cohasset (21-2) on its heels at the start, scoring just two minutes in on the first of two goals from senior Melanie Weber.
But the Skippers quickly picked up steam, closing out the first half on an 8-1 blitz fueled by Jane Hansen (five goals, assist) fellow sophomore Julia Placek (three goals, assist).
After some early struggles trying to solve Walpole senior Morgan Fontana (10 saves), the Skippers pressured her with a flurry of goals — both in transition and off free positions — countering her quick reflexes with shot fakes.
“[Fontana is] good,” said Reardon, who termed the championship a “total team effort.”
“Basically you shoot without a fake, she’s going to save it. We had to fake, and we had to get in, because she cuts down the angle really well. We made some adjustments.”
Walpole struck first again in the second half, when Alison Foley (two goals) collected, and finished off a great feed from Celia Walsh. But Cohasset fired in four straight goals to seize its biggest lead of the game, 11-3, with 14 minutes to go.
Emily Curtis also netted two goals for Walpole. Marina Longo (two goals, two assists) and Molly Greer (one goal, two assists) also notched multi-point games for the Skippers.