Nike/US Lacrosse South Boys' Region Report
by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Owen Armstrong, Charlotte Latin (N.C.)
Armstrong's seven goals were the difference in the Hawks' 14-7 win over Charlotte Christian on April 15. He then came back the next day and scored four goals against Forsyth Country Day. The junior attacker was averaging 2.5 goals per game through the first half of the season. He will be a player to watch as the Hawks head to the Legacy Lacrosse Cup in Georgia this weekend.
Also Notable: Kyle Richbough, Lake Highland (Fla.); Drew Goethals, Dallas Jesuit (Texas); Miles Silva, Ponte Vedra (Fla.), Braiden Davis, McCallie (Tenn.); Austin Skorb, Centennial (Ga.)
Game of the Week
Charlotte Latin (N.C.) at Milton (Ga.), April 25
This game is part of the Legacy Lacrosse Cup and should be a good test for both teams. Charlotte Latin (12-0) puts its unbeaten record on the line against a Milton team that beat the Hawks 10-9 in their last meeting in 2012. The Eagles (12-2) are 2-1 against out-of-state opponents, losing only to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) during a trip to the Sunshine State. Their other loss was a two-goal decision against Lambert (Ga.) early in the season. Charlotte Latin is 2-0 against out-of-state opponents, beating Memphis University (Tenn.) and Fort Mill (S.C.). Milton will play Memphis University School on Saturday.
South Region Top 10
1. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 15-3
The Highlanders are peaking at the right time as they head into the FHSAA state tournament play-in rounds this week, looking for a chance to defend their 2013 state title. They beat Bishop Moore (Fla.) 16-1 to win the District 10 title with three goals each from Kyle Richbough and Will Wolfson. Lake Highland has just one in-state loss, a 12-10 game against Jupiter (Fla.) on March 1.
2. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 15-0
The Crusaders added another quality win last week, beating Lake Norman (N.C.) 14-8. It was the Wildcats' third loss of the season and the first time the teams have met since Lake Norman rallied to beat Cardinal Gibbons, 9-8, in the 2012 state final.
3. Barron Collier (Fla.), 14-1
The Cougars outscored Lely and Community School of Naples 38-1 to win the District 28 tournament last week. Barron Collier's only loss was a 4-3 game against Jupiter on March 7. The Cougars have won 11 straight since then.
4. The Woodlands (16-4)
The Highlanders seem to be hitting their stride late this season, having won 10 straight since suffering back-to-back losses to Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) and St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.) in early March. They have scored 19 goals in each of their last three games, earning the top seed out of the south district and a bye through the first round of Super Regionals. They play for a Final Four berth on Sunday.
5. Charlotte Latin (N.C.), 12-0
The Hawks continue to climb after adding two more wins last week and getting some help from teams previously ranked ahead of them losing. Charlotte Latin handed Charlotte Christian (N.C.) just its second loss of the season, beating the Knights 14-7 on April 15, and then 24 hours later picked up a 12-4 win over Forsyth Country Day (N.C.). Owen Armstrong led the team with 11 goals in the two games.
6. Memphis University (Tenn.), 10-2
The Owls join the list after a decisive, 17-7, win over Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.), which was previously No. 6 in the South. Memphis University has won nine straight since suffering back-to-back losses to The Woodlands (Texas) and Charlotte Latin (N.C.). Both losses were decided by two goals or less.
7. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 18-2
The Sharks beat Creekside (Fla.) 14-3 to win the District 6 title – their fourth straight district championship -- behind Miles Silva's six goals. They beat Nease (Fla.) 15-4 in the semifinals and were allowing an average of 6.1 goals per game going into the tournament.
8. Northview (Ga.), 15-0
The Titans tacked on a couple more wins last week, outscoring two 10-win Georgia opponents 30-8. Northview has two out-of-state wins and quality wins against Lambert (Ga.) and Westminster (Ga.). The Titans need three more victories to secure an unbeaten regular season.
9. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 13-2
The Rangers earned the top seed in the North district and knocked Episcopal Dallas (Texas) out of the top spot in the rankings, beating the Eagles 11-7 on Thursday. Drew Goethals had a big night in goal for Dallas Jesuit, whose two losses were to Highland Park (Texas) and Memphis University (Tenn.).
10. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 14-2
The Eagles finished as the second seed in the North district, but their one in-state loss to Dallas Jesuit last week cost them a bye through the first round of Super Regionals. They play a first-round game Saturday against an opponent to be determined.
Boca Raton (Fla.) already made history when it beat St. Andrew's (Fla.) for the first time in program history – and the first time any Palm Beach County school had beaten the Scots – during the regular season. But the Bobcats (15-3) proved that wasn't a fluke when they repeated the performance in the district tournament last week, beating St. Andrew's 9-7 in the District 23 championship to keep the Scots from a chance at a 12th straight state finals appearance.
The Texas playoffs begin this week, as Super Regional play-in games take place Tuesday. Dallas Jesuit, Westlake (Texas) and Woodlands all earned No. 1 seeds in their districts and earned first-round byes into Super Regionals, along with South district No. 2 seed Strake Jesuit (Texas). Super Regional games are Saturday and Sunday.
Lambert (Ga.) earned a big win on Saturday, beating Centennial (Ga.) 10-8. Lambert, which lost last year to Centennial in the Class 6A state championship game, stormed out to a 7-1 at halftime before Centennial rallied to within a goal late in the second half. Centennial, Lambert and Johns Creek (Ga.) all have one loss in the area, and if that holds true, they will split area championship honors. There will be a tiebreaker for state tournament seeding, of which the top spot would go to Centennial, followed closely by Lambert and Johns Creek.
Kentucky's top two power-rated teams and last year's state finalists meet on Wednesday, as Louisville St. Xavier (10-3) hosts Louisville Trinity (9-4). The St. Xavier Tigers haven't lost to a Kentucky opponent since Trinity beat them in the championship last year, 8-5. Trinity lost to Christian Academy (Ky.) on March 13 and three out-of-state games, but has won seven straight games heading into this matchup.
2014 South Region Report Archive
- February 25 - Preseason Top 10/Player of the Year Watch List
- March 4
- March 11
- March 18
- March 25
- April 1
- April 8
- April 15
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