Girls’ Lacrosse: Cardinals can’t break through in third section final in four seasons

After scoring 35 goals in its first two Section 7 games, Coon Rapids was held to five in a 8-5 loss in to Champlin Park at Irondale June 5.

Coon Rapids played its third section final in four seasons and had chances to score early, but Champlin Park managed to keep the ball out of the net with a red-hot goalie and organized defense.

Coon Rapids’ Heidi Hannula, right, scoops up a loose ball against Champlin Park in the Section 7 championship game played at Irondale High School.

Coon Rapids’ Heidi Hannula, right, scoops up a loose ball against Champlin Park in the Section 7 championship game played at Irondale High School.Photo by Bill Jones

“Every save they made seemed to give the rest of the team a lot of confidence,” Cardinals coach Jeff DeJoy said. “We were trying to do the same thing with Rachel [Droubie] up the middle and they were closing [the attacking lanes] off.”

The Rebels held a 4-2 lead at the half and pulled way in the second half to earn a spot in the state tournament, despite Coon Rapids’ halftime adjustments to attack away from Droubie and all-time leading scorer Sammi DeJoy.

“It was such a low-scoring game that every loose ball was going to be crucial and every scoring opportunity was going to be key,” DeJoy said. “They were organized and the better team, no excuses. You could tell every mistake was going to be magnified.”

Sammi and Droubie each tallied more than 60 points this season, but were held to one goal on nine shots by Champlin Park.

That adjustment meant a focus on sophomore Heidi Hannula from behind the goal away from the Rebels defenders.

Coon Rapids’ Rachel Droubie, right, protects the ball against a Champlin Park player in the Section 7 championship game played at Irondale High School.

Coon Rapids’ Rachel Droubie, right, protects the ball against a Champlin Park player in the Section 7 championship game played at Irondale High School.Photo by Bill Jones

Hannula scored four times and added one assist to finish with 56 points. Droubie finished with 69 points and DeJoy had 68 points.

Coon Rapids ended the season 12-4.

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