Zionsville — The season came to an end for the Zionsville girls lacrosse team Friday night in their playoff opener against Penn.
The Kingsmen topped the Eagles 16-6 at St. Vincent's Stadium, ending Zionsville's season with an 11-7 record.
"We came out ready for the game, but once that adreneline starts to get out of your system, you start feeling it and not thinking straight," Zionsville head coach Dave Elefante said. "We needed to put a consistent effort together, and we just didn't get it."
Each team scored in the opening eight minutes, with Kaija Kunttu scoring for the Eagles to tie the game at 1 with 17:28 left in the first half.
Penn build the lead to 4-1, but Taylor McNally-Henriksen scored to make it 4-2 with 11:27 to go in the first half.
Madeline Gilbert scored to make it 6-3 with less than five minutes left in the first half, but Penn scored three times in the final 3:44 to make it 9-3, then scored just seconds into the second half to make it 10-3.
The Eagles could never get themselves back in the game.
Gilbert scored with 23:46 left in the game to make it 10-4, but Penn scored the next two.
Kunttu then scored with 15:01 left to make it 12-5, but less than a minute later Penn scored to make it 13-5. Lauren LaShell scored the final goal for the Eagles with just more than 10 minutes left, but the Eagles never got closer than seven.
"Penn's ability to move the ball down the field and capitalize on their opportunities was the difference," Elefante said. "Our defense struggled at times against that, but every one of our girls played their hearts out, so I can't fault them on that. They had a lot more bounces go their way today."
While the season ended much earlier than they wanted it to, Elefante said this group was a really special one.
He said they had a bond that hasn't been very common.
"This was probably the closest team we have had in a while," he said. "Our senior and junior class, they were a group that was together on and off the field more than most. They pushed each other in a good way, and they were always there for one another to pick each other up. That was huge."