South Girls' Regional Report (May 16)
by Rhiannon Walker | LaxMagazine.com
Lucy Sexton, Vero Beach (Fla.)
Amanda Leavell, St. John's (Texas)
Emily Wechsler, Hockaday (Texas)
Games to Watch
Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) at Green Hope (N.C.) –
May 19, 11 a.m.
Westminister (Ga.) vs. McIntosh (Ga.) – May 19,
1. Vero Beach (Fla.), 22-2
The Fighting Indians won their seventh straight state championship with a 22-6 defeat of Bishop Moore (Fla.) in the FHSAA finals, extending their winning streak against in-state opponents to 93 games.
2. Milton (Ga.), 16-4
The Eagles play Walton, a team they beat 18-7 in the regular season, in the semifinals of Georgia's playoffs on Wednesday. If they advance to the championship game, Milton would face the winner of Roswell-Alpharetta. The Eagles beat Roswell in late April and have yet to face Alpharetta.
3. Green Hope (N.C.), 19-0
One more game. That's all the Falcons need to complete an undefeated season and win the NCHSAA state championship. The Falcons will play Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) for the title in a rematch of mid-April's exiting 9-8 finish that Green Hope won.
4. Bishop Moore (Fla.), 19-5
The Hornets should take pride in making to the state championship, especially considering their road was anything but easy. When the Hornets made it there, they were unable to stop Vero Beach (Fla.)'s scoring assault, losing 22-6.
5. Winter Springs (Fla.), 20-2
Winter Springs tripped up against Bishop Moore (Fla.), the eventual state runner-up, 18-16. The loss came just three days after avenging a loss to Lake Brantley (Fla.).
6. Westminster (Ga.), 19-2
Westminster's loss to Lassiter (Ga.) a month ago seems to have been the wakeup call the Wildcats needed. They're on a five-game winning streak and have their eyes on the GHSA Class A-AAAA's championship Saturday against McIntosh (Ga.), a team they've yet to play this year. Westminster topped Chattahoochee (Ga.) 20-7 on Tuesday night in the semifinals.
7. Hockaday (Texas), 19-4
Sophomore Emily Wechsler's overtime goal gave Hockaday a 19-18 win over St. John's (Texas) in the TGHSLL Division I state championship contest Sunday. Wechsler scored five goals in the championship game after scoring twice in Saturday's 11-10 win over Cy-Fair (Texas). The Daisies knocked off a St. John's team that was looking for its third straight state title.
8. St. John's (Texas), 17-4
The Mavericks were denied their third straight state championship by Hockaday (Texas) in a hard-fought, 19-18 thriller. Still, St. John's had one of the South's finest seasons.
9. Cy-Fair (Texas), 13-4
Cy-Fair had an opportunity to face St. John's (Texas) for the teams' third meeting this season in the TGHSLL state championship. That was until the Iron Maidens lost to the eventual state champions, Hockaday (Texas) in the semifinals, 11-10.
10. Lassiter (Ga.), 14-5
The Trojans were knocked out of the GHSA lacrosse playoffs by Roswell (Ga.) in the first round, 18-14. Lassiter was 2-3 in its last five games of the season, with losses to Milton (Ga.), Walton (Ga.) and Roswell (Ga.).
News and Notes
While Winter Springs (Fla.) failed to advance to the state championship, the Bears do have something to celebrate: senior Kris Coppolino led the nation in goals (101), assists (82) and points (184). ... Congratulations are in order for two new state champions. In Alabama, Vestabia beat Oak Mountain 13-8 to win the state crown. And in Tennessee, Hutchison topped Ensworth 20-8 to win it all.
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