HS Notebook: Loyola-Shreveport Takes LHSLL Crown
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Loyola-Shreveport came into the first Louisiana High School
Lacrosse League tournament as the top seed, and the Flyers were
expected to win.
They didn't disappoint.
The Flyers had little trouble with New Orleans Jesuit in the title game, rolling to a 10-3 victory last Sunday in Shreveport at the Independence Bowl.
"It's impressive that my guys were able to put it all together and get their sticks to where they needed to be the best," Loyola-Shreveport head coach Mike DeVita told westsidelax.com.
J.T Terzia led the way with five goals while Sam McDaniel pitched in with three goals and an assist. Goalie Chris Melson added 10 saves for the 10-1 Flyers.
Loyola broke it open in the second half. The Flyers held a 4-3 halftime lead before blanking New Orleans Jesuit in the final two quarters to take command.
Heating up in Buffalo
Orchard Park (home of the Buffalo Bills) will try to improve upon its 13-0 record Saturday when taking on another unbeaten rival, Corning East (12-0) in New York boys' lacrosse action at Alfred University Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Buffalo News reports that Corning East leads the Class B poll compiled by sportswriters, while Orchard Park is No. 3 in Class A.
Also in that area, Amherst edged Williamsville East, 8-7, in overtime earlier this week. That victory let Amherst stay perfect this season at 7-0 in Class B action - the Tigers are 10-1 overall.
But it wasn't easy. Amherst had a five-goal halftime lead, wasted it, and came back in overtime to pull out the win.
Sean Smith got the game-winning goal just 1:39 into the extra period.
"It's a very big rivalry because we're minutes away from each other," Amherst assistant coach Steve Lachut told the Buffalo News. "We haven't lost in several years, but it's always a battle."
Making up for mistakes
Schylar Hardy, goalie for Liberty High School in Eldersburg, Md., made a great save in the final seconds of last week's 10-9 victory over perennial powerhouse Century. She felt that she owed it to her team after what happened moments before.
Healy got control of the ball with about 15 seconds left. She had the ball in the crease, came out of it, and went back in - resulting in a turnover. It gave Century the ball one final time.
The Knights got moving quickly, firing a quick pass from the right wing to Claire Brady in front. Brady zipped a hard shot that Healy stopped as time ran out.
"I knew I needed to make the save," Healy said. "I had to get my head back."
That win put Liberty in position to win the Carroll County title, but Westminster created a three-way tie for first with its 11-10 victory over the Lions Wednesday night. All three teams finished at 5-1 in county play - and have a combined total of just three losses all year long.
Swine flu worries
High school athletics are being affected by school systems worrying about the possible spread of the swine flu.
Alabama school officials recently shut down all high school athletic events after finding possible swine flu cases in Huntsville. That leaves the situation with all sports - including lacrosse -- up in the air.
Texas took action first, postponing all athletic events in an announcement made last week, and other states are following suit..
"Right now, we are being advised by our Medical Advisory Committee to shut down all activities until further notice," Steve Savrese, executive director of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, told the Associated Press on April 30.
In Maryland, the organizations that run private school sports (the Maryland Interstate Athletic Association for boys and the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland for girls) have advised players to shy away from shaking hands at game's end to stop the spread of germs.
Budget cuts in Florida mean less HS games
High school teams in Florida will have a shorter schedule for the next two years, at least, as the state makes concessions during an economic recession.
The Florida High School Athletic Association's board of directors voted last week to slash varsity games by 20 percent (except for football), while junior varsity contests will be hit even harder. JV games will be reduced by 40 percent, according to Tampa Bay Online.
"These are unprecedented times," board president Greg Zornes said in the article. "Our job is to look out for all the schools."
Lacrosse falls in with tennis and wrestling in seeing its varsity games cut from 18 to 15 per school.
The board intends to uphold these cutbacks for the next two years before returning to a regular schedule.
There could be more cuts coming in different jurisdictions in Florida, depending on how the various budgets shake out.
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