This celebration couldn't wait for the parking lot, the bus or a fast-food restaurant.
So the St. Paul's School for Girls soccer players dove into a quagmire near the middle of the field Saturday night after winning the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship with a 3-0 victory over Severn at Anne Arundel Community College.
Not only had the Gators won the title, but they went a perfect 14-0 in league play.
Laney Cronelius, Lizzy Pirision and Darby Welsh scored for a team that lost in the final last year to St. Mary's.
St. Paul's coach Joie Gill used that loss to motivate her team.
"I said, 'Remember how its feels to come all this way, and it's not a fun feeling,'" Gill said.
Severn coach Albert Oni felt pretty good, too, about his Admirals' season.
This was supposed to be kind of a rebuilding year for them.
But Severn finished 13-8-2 overall and 9-3-2 in league play after struggling to a 4-13 record last year, which included a 1-5 mark in the A Conference.
"We were playing in a championship game this year, and last year, we weren't in that position," Oni said.
Unfortunately for the Admirals, St. Paul's dominated Severn in the first half and thoroughly tested the defense of Leia Liberto, Gabby Ciroalo, Ally Hall and goalkeeper Zoe Bennett.
St. Paul's — which finished with a 16-1 overall record — didn't waste that much time taking the lead.
About 10 minutes into play, Cronelius sent a corner kick into the box, where Ashlyn McGovern collected it and sent it right back to Cronelius, who drilled a blistering shot into the left corner.
"I noticed with this team that once we get a goal, then we get a couple of more after it," Gill said. "Some games it has taken us a while, but once we have scoring, more will come after it."
Welsh scored the Gators' second goal with 12:15 remaining in the first half, gathering a nice crossing pass from Zari Hayes and beating Bennett from 12 yards out.
St. Paul's made it 3-0 with 27:29 left in the second half. Pirision converted Cronelius' crossing pass from four yards out.
Severn's best chance to score came in the middle of the second half when Michelle Money hit the goal post.
"Playing in a championship game was new to the kids," said Oni, whose team was outshot 13-6. "I think it was a great experience for everyone."
St. Paul's (16-1) 21—3 Severn (13-8-2) 00—0