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State champion Eagles receive police escort home from victory

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Barrington's Annie Sullivan celebrates clinching the Division l Championship at Brown University, Saturday. Barrington beat LaSalle, 13-10. Photo by Bill Murphy

Barrington’s Annie Sullivan celebrates clinching the Division l Championship at Brown University, Saturday. Barrington beat LaSalle, 13-10. Photo by Bill Murphy

The Barrington High School girls’ lacrosse team, a perennial power in the league, captured yet another state championship on Saturday afternoon, knocking off LaSalle, 14-10, at Brown University.

The Eagles, who have played in the championship game of the Division I finals every year since the Rhode Island Interscholastic League began offering the sport, grabbed an 8-5 halftime lead over the Rams, but watched as LaSalle climbed back into the game at the start of the second half.

Powered by goals from Kelly Dolan and Madeline Soutter, the Eagles rallied and outscored the Rams 6-1 during the remainder of the second half, holding on for the four-point victory. The win put the perfect finish on an undefeated season for Barrington, which was coached by first-year skipper Kathryn Tajima.

Barrington's Kelly Dolan (left) is guarded by LaSalle's Kendall McCartney during the Division l Girls Lacrosse finals, at Brown University, Saturday. Barrington won the Division l championship over LaSalle, 13-10. Photo by Bill Murphy

Barrington’s Kelly Dolan (left) is guarded by LaSalle’s Kendall McCartney during the Division l Girls Lacrosse finals, at Brown University, Saturday. Barrington won the Division l championship over LaSalle, 13-10. Photo by Bill Murphy

Dolan and Mary Kate Coogan finished the game with three goals each — Coogan was also named player of the game. Beatrice Bramhall, Soutter, and Annie Sullivan each scored two goals. Katherine Clancy made six saves in net for Barrington.

The Barrington team bus received a police escort home from the game; the yellow bus, loaded with cheering student-athletes, could be heard traveling down Route 114 over the blare of the police siren as it neared the high school campus.

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