Members of the Naperville Central boys lacrosse club were honored Monday by the Naperville Unit District 203 school board for winning the state championship for their sport: the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association's Lacrosse Cup.
Assistant coach Jim Coakley said this is the first time the Redhawks lacrosse club has finished first in the state in the team's history of more than a dozen years.
The team clinched the state title earlier this month with a win over the Warren Township Blue Devils from the Gurnee area. While the Blue Devils had beaten Naperville Central in May, the Redhawks were victorious in the championship match.
"Last year we made it to the state championship game and came up a little short, so we had a score to settle this year, came back to the state championship and were able to win it," Coakley said. "It was just a testament to the kids and how hard they worked to get back to this game, which is not easy, but then also to come away with a victory."