HINSDALE – Hinsdale Central sisters Sydney and Jenna Collignon have shared great accomplishments as girls lacrosse teammates, including a state championship last year and all-state honors this season.
On June 1, they shared several tears.
“It’s been a good four years,” said Sydney Collignon, one of four four-year varsity seniors. “It didn’t go the way I wanted the last game, but the season overall was great.”
The Red Devils lost the state championship game 12-4 to New Trier at Hinsdale Central after beating the Trevians to win last year’s first IHSA-sanctioned state tournament.
This was the last game together for the Collignons. Sydney will play at the University of Denver, while junior Jenna has verbally committed to Yale. Both started lacrosse as third-graders.
“Right when the clock [ended], I started crying. I went and hugged [Sydney],” Jenna Collignon said. “Seeing her on the field, I can always rely on her and know she’s always got my back.”
“[Jenna’s] amazing out there, watching her move, being able to assist each other,” Sydney Collignon said. “It’s sad to see it come to an end.”
The Red Devils (17-5) continued their streak of top-four finishes at the state tournament since their first state championship in 2007.
Seniors Sam Brescia, Ella Farrell and Kristiana Strtak also were four-year varsity players. The Collignons, Strtak and junior Madeline Pisani were named all-state this season, and Brescia, juniors Olivia Beargie and Jessica Joy and sophomore Avery Secola were honorable mention all-state.
The Red Devils overcame losing Pisani to a shoulder injury during the supersectional and two other starters, junior Alaina Hamood and Farrell, earlier to knee injuries.
“[We said] no one is going to replace those girls so we have to go 110%,” said Brescia, who will play at Oregon. “It was insane to win last year, but our goal was to come back and prove we were capable of competing against those other teams.”
Strtak, Jenna Collignon and juniors Jessica Joy and Emily Napier scored for Hinsdale Central, which lost to New Trier 15-9 on May 15.
Napier tied the game 2-2 off Secola’s assist before the Trevians (22-1-2) dominated faceoffs to lead 7-2 at halftime. The Red Devils closed to within 9-4 with 12:44 left.
This also was the final game for fourth-year coach Dan Hartman, who is becoming the varsity head football coach at Lyons Township.
“It’s kind of bittersweet. I would have liked to win that championship as the last game, but I definitely wish the girls luck next year,” Hartman said.