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Manchester Valley Girls Lacrosse Wins State Championship

The Mavericks dedicated the game to two men close to the team.

Manchester Valley girls lacrosse, 2014 state champs. (Credit: @toplaxrecruits)
Manchester Valley girls lacrosse, 2014 state champs. (Credit: @toplaxrecruits)
The Manchester Valley Mavericks continued the winning streak of their 18-1 season on Tuesday in a matchup against the Fallston Cougars at UMBC, playing for the state title in the 2A/1A class.

The Mavericks scooped up a victory, 13-10, the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association reported.

"They had a couple players make big plays, especially in the first half," Fallston coach Mike McTeague told The Baltimore Sun, calling the Mavericks an "excellent team."

For the Mavericks, it was an emotional game, played to honor the memory of assistant coach Devin Spence and Gene Kirchner, according to TopLaxRecruits.com

Spence died in 2013 in an auto accident, and Kirchner, the brother of head coach Shelly Brezicki, was the Reisterstown firefighter who died last year in the line of duty.

As a result of the two tragedies, last season was "really emotional" and difficult to play through, Mavericks' Haile Houck told The Baltimore Sun. "...this year, we wanted to come out and do our best and do it for Spence and Gene—and that's what we did."

In addition to being a strong team, the head coach said the girls definitely had support from the outside.

"We had a heck of a lot of players who were dedicated, lots of coaches and supporters, and definitely two angels watching over us," Brezicki told TopLaxRecruits.com.

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