Dearra Harrison scored with 30 seconds left to give Dunbar a 4-3 victory over Edmondson on Saturday for the Poets' second straight Baltimore City Division II girls lacrosse championship.
"This makes two years in a row, so that's super exciting to win again," Dunbar coach Tyesha Clark said. "The girls wanted it really bad, especially because it was against Edmondson, one of our rivals."
Nikki Moore, a junior in her first season of lacrosse, scored the first goal of the game for Dunbar, which Clark said was just as critical to the win as Harrison's final goal. Aalyah Wilson scored twice for the Poets (5-4).
With some players taking the SAT, the Poets had just 12 girls and no subs for the game. Edmondson (5-3), however, had just 10 girls and played two girls down the entire game — something they've been doing all season.
Still, they led 3-2 early in the second half.
Edmondson goalie Cortney Foreman, who finished with eight saves, stopped a shot just before Harrrison's goal, but the Red Storm immediately turned the ball over. It ended up on the ground in the 8-meter arc in front of Foreman.
Out of a scrum, Harrison popped it in the net while Foreman was screened from the shot, Red Storm coach George Roycroft said.
Edmondson won the next draw, but could not get to the goal before time expired, especially trying to move downfield against two extra defenders.
"In spite of being short-handed, they play hard every game with the determination of winning and they keep coming back regardless of how tired they may be, leaving it all on the field," Roycroft said.
Juanima Van Zandt led the Red Storm with two goals while Kaniya Washington scored one.