GREENWOOD VILLAGE - Blair Sisk scored twice in overtime as Cherry Creek averted an upset at the hands of Cheyenne Mountain with a 17-16 victory Wednesday at the Stutler Bowl.
Trailing 16-15 after the first overtime period, Sisk received a superb over-the-top pass from Caroline Perry and bounced in the tying score with 2:49 remaining.
"We communicated just by eye contact and she hit it," Sisk said about Perry's pass. "It was risky, but she trusted me and hit it."
Just 33 seconds later, Sisk flipped a shot from 8 yards out into the top left of the net. The opportunity came by way of a false step penalty on the Indians.
"Those are those moments when it's three seconds and it slows down into a whole game," Sisk said. "Every single footstep counts."
As do the goals, and that one proved to be the game-winner as the No. 3 Bruins (14-2) played keepaway the rest of the way to ice the victory.
"You practice two-minute drills at least two times a week so they know how to run two minutes off the clock," Cherry Creek coach Brianne Tierney said. "I'm not sure that's exactly how we practiced it, but they got the job done."
No. 6 Cheyenne Mountain (15-2) was poised to grab the upset victory holding a 15-11 advantage late in the game. But the Bruins rallied for four scores, two each by Colby Goettelman and Livvy List, over the final 3:53 to send it into overtime.
"Going down three goals is never a comfortable situation," Tierney said. "We haven't been down three goals very often this season.
"What a game; I'm kind of speechless right now. The girls just wanted it at the end."
Cherry Creek has played in every state championship game, winning nine, since girls' lacrosse was introduced in 1999. Cheyenne Mountain, which hadn't won a state playoff game until beating Columbine on Saturday, nearly ended that streak.
"That was another hurdle," Cheyenne Mountain coach Mary Serre said of the Columbine win. "We were going off of that momentum."
Trailing 5-3, Cheyenne Mountain reeled off five straight goals to conclude the half with Tarah Gilbreth scoring two and assisting on another.
The momentum changed dramatically after the intermission, as Cherry Creek scored the first five goals of the period with Tori Link recording two. Cheyenne Mountain responded by scoring seven of the next eight goals to take a 15-11 lead.
But the Indians couldn't hold it in the end.
"Wow, it was incredible and the girls played hard," Serre said. "We were down, they were down, we both came back.
"I'm so proud of them being in this game from the start and then leading at times, as well. I couldn't be any happier right now."