ALBUQUERQUE — The Los Alamos lacrosse team was unable to usurp Santa Fe Prep in the state title game Saturday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
Santa Fe Prep defended its championship with a 14-7 win.
"We came in knowing it would be a hard fought, rivalry game," Los Alamos senior Trevor Matuszak said. "It was fun. I liked it even though we didn't win."
The game was close for the first three quarters, but Santa Fe Prep scored three quick goals in the fourth quarter to go up 12-5 and then held on to its lead as shot after Hilltopper shot missed wide.
Los Alamos created the first few scoring opportunities in the game and Ryder Davenhall put the 'Toppers up 1-0. Santa Fe Prep scored the next two goals, but Los Alamos answered the second one right away. Hudson Davenhall assisted Matuszak to tie the game, 2-2.
Right before the quarter ended, however, the Griffens took the lead back.
Santa Fe Prep then scored the only three goals in the second quarter to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
Los Alamos was able to get back into the game in the third quarter.
"We settled down and got our confidence back," Los Alamos head coach James Miller said. "We finally realized we could play with them."