Carmel High School girls lacrosse coach Josh Miller watched as his team matured this season.
“We did get better. We definitely showed a determination in a number of games,” Miller said.
Miller said the players showed an ability to fight through adversity.
“There was a lot of grit with this team,” he said.
Carmel showed that ability again by rallying from a 3-0 deficit to top Brebeuf Jesuit 12-7 June 1 in the Indiana High School Lacrosse Association girls state championship game at Hamilton Southeastern High School.
“As a coach, you are concerned being down, but the girls didn’t seem too concerned and knew they would be able to fight back,” said Miller, who was in his first year as head coach after being an assistant the previous three years. “They’re a really good team. Holding them to seven goals was a feather in the cap for our defense.”
It was the second consecutive state title for Carmel (17-3-1) and fifth since 2011. It was the second year lacrosse has been a varsity program at CHS.
“We knew we had a good team coming back, but we lost some really good leadership,” Miller said. “At the start of the season, it was a little rocky but as the season went on, we found our team chemistry.”
Sophomore Hannah Kim, who had three goals in the championship game, finished with 61 goals and 18 assists for 79 points.
“We had lost a lot of talented seniors, and it felt good to win this as a team because we worked so hard for it,” Kim said.
The next closest in points on the team was sophomore Maddie McGarty with 37 goals and 29 assists for 66 points.
Maddie Dumke, an All-American defender who will play for Marian University next season, led the team in forced turnovers with 25.
“I think last year was more exciting because it was our first one, but this was still pretty awesome because we played a lot of hard teams in the tournament leading up to it,” Dumke said.
Dumke said it was fun playing under Miller as head coach.
“We did lose a lot of leadership, but I think our younger players stepped up and were able to lead the team and fill the shoes,” Dumke said.
Senior Lauren Wells was the goalie in the championship game. She split time with senior Anna Hartman at goalie most of the season.