WASHINGTON, NJ – The season has come to an end for the Sparta High School girls lacrosse team, in the semi-final round of the NJSIAA Group 2 Tournament.  Having gone further than any team in the school’s history, the girls lost to Bernards in a heartbreaking one goal game 16-15.

Both teams played tough on the turf at Warren Hills High School.  With two minutes left on the play clock and Bernards ahead by one, the Mountaineers played keep-away to run out the clock. Sparta got one last chance with 30 seconds to go but could not get past Bernards’ goalie Anna Tamke.

In a game where Sparta scored easily on each possession, it was a disappointing loss.

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Kaitlin Mead led the Spartan effort with seven goals.  She also grabbed five ground balls.

Jacqui Hallack put three in the net and had two assists.  Courtney Klein added two goals. Bayleigh Takacs, Julianna McGuire and Brianna Falco each contributed one.  Lauren Neufeld and Hailey Mead each had an assist. 

Madison Levinson, in goal for Sparta, stopped 10 Mountaineer shots.

With one year still to play in her high school career, Kaitlin Mead has racked up 140 goals and 35 assists.

Senior Hallack has scored 90 goals and lead the team in assists with 45.

Senior McGuire rounded out the top three scorers with 34 goals and 42 assists.

Sparta girls lacrosse finished the season with a record of 18-3.