Lax to the Max

The Chesterton girls lacrosse team is working hard and winning big.


Caroline Dardeau, Editor in Sports

    The Brownsburg Bulldogs traveled up to Chesterton this past Saturday for Lacrosse games against both our Trojans and the Munster Mustangs. 

    The Trojans beat the Bulldogs 10-6 in their 50 minute game. Chesterton won over half of the draw controls, helping them jump to the lead. Emma Ekblaw demolished the defense and kept the ball moving. Ekblaw had four goals and two assists, bringing her total to 5 points for the game. Makenna Hyska, another offensive standout, had two goals, aiding in the Chesterton Trojans win. Caroline Dardeau, a midfielder, had three points, consisting of two assists and one goal, with four forced turnovers. Sylvia Coslov, Sophia Gudino, and Emi Kresal all contributed with one goal each, Kresal’s being her very first varsity goal. Freshman Juliana Guerrero had one assist, on defense, while senior Hannah Hall closed it down on defense. She met up with the Brownsburg players to shut them down at the 50 yard line. With six ground balls, and minimal calls, Hall thrived on the field. 

     Brownsburg fell short due to their consistent minor fouls: emptying and uncontrollable checks. With incredibly talented players and a phenomenal young goalie the Bulldogs have an amazing future ahead, but were overmatched by the Trojans on this day.

     In their following game, Chesterton traveled over to the Northridge Raiders stadium for a highly anticipated game. This was the Trojans first fully physical game of the season, leaving bruises and marks on the players, while also highlighting the ladies’ hard work. Trailing 5-1 in the first half, with four minutes remaining in the half, the Trojans came back, tying the game 5-5 by halftime. The Trojans found themselves trailing again in the second half, but much like the first half, the girls came back from down 8-6, to make the score 8-8 with five minutes remaining in the game. At the game’s end, the score was tied and the teams headed to overtime. 

      In women’s high school lacrosse there is a five minute break before a three minute sudden death overtime. After a scoreless overtime one, they immediately switched sides going into overtime two. Another scoreless overtime, the girls get another five minute break before going into the third overtime. The Trojans were ready and playing with intent to win this sectional game. After a missed shot, Chesterton received the ball, a missed pass led to a ground ball, and an assist from Libby Cunningham to Coslov for a three time overtime winning goal. The Trojans came out ready to win, and they did just that on an unfamiliar field. Scorers were Dardeau, Gudino, Coslov, Hyska, and Gabriella Earth with her very first varsity goal. Defensive standouts were Hall, Jojo Ringler, Marlee Wilson, and Jori Hawkins. With no guaranteed rematch, the Trojans and Raiders could meet again in the sectional playoffs.


In their most recent game, the Trojans took on their biggest rivals, the Crown Point Bulldogs. After a very intense game, the Trojans pulled out a 9-7 win. Carrying many bumps and bruises from the previous games, the defense locked down on the Bulldogs, allowing only a few to slip in, with goalie Courtney Papka saving multiple shots. The Bulldogs, Kirsten Kostecka, was a standout and controlled the ball on offense, ending the night with three goals. On the Chesterton side, Coslov, Dardeau, G. Earth, Em. Ekblaw, Gudino, Hurst, and Hyska all contributed to the win offensively, each having at least one point. On defense, the standouts were Dardeau, Anastasia Earth, Hall, Hawkins, Ingrid Hurst, and Ringler. Papka saved seven shots from the Bulldogs, helping the Trojans advance to their win. The win was a huge one for Chesterton, as Crown Point remains one of their biggest rivals, as well as top competition for the girls. The lady Trojans will have a rematch with Crown Point on Tuesday, May 2. 


The Chesterton Trojans girls lacrosse team is currently ranked number six in the state on the Indiana Girls Lacrosse Association (INGLA) official website. In the sectional they are ranked second behind Munster who is ranked number five overall in the state. Keep up with the Trojan Lacrosse teams through @chestertonlax on instagram, facebook, and twitter.