HOOKSETT — The Lady Astros repeated as Division I state lacrosse champions against Souhegan, 13-12.
Second-seeded Pinkerton held on for the win, despite an 8-1 run by Souhegan late in the game.
Credit Ali Davis for her role in the win.
She’s described by her coach as a quiet kid.
“But her actions can speak very loudly,” Rob Daziel said.
Last year, Davis, a sophomore, scored a late goal in Pinkerton’s two-goal thrilling win over Souhegan.
She was at it again last week, despite not recording a goal or assist.
The Sabers pulled within one goal of Pinkerton with 1:09 remaining; Davis took the draw and controlled it.
Rushing downfield, she and the other Astros ran out the clock to win their second straight state title over top-seeded Souhegan at Southern New Hampshire University in front of a crowd of 576.
“She really stepped up to the plate when we needed the ball and she got the ball for us so without Ali we wouldn’t have won,” Pinkerton senior Kennedy Daziel said.
The way Souhegan dominated during the second half, Pinkerton likely would have lost if Davis didn’t control it.
While Souhegan (18-3) won the battle of draw controls 18-9, Davis won the one the Astros (18-3) needed most.
“She’s rock solid,” Rob Daziel said. “You can’t shake her.”
Nothing came easy for the Astros during a tense second half.
“I’m not going to lie, I was extremely scared,” Kennedy Daziel said. “I know that they can put the ball in the net and I know they can come back. But I had faith in my team and I knew we could pull it off.”
Davis has been playing lacrosse since the second grade and follows in the footsteps of her father Jim Davis, who played for the Pinkerton boys lacrosse team when he was in high school. Jim Davis has been a huge influence, teaching Ali the game and working on faceoffs with her.