National High School Boys' Notebook:
Saints Keep Busy in Two Postseason Tournaments
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
The St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes lacrosse team is in the midst of a busy week, to say the least.
The Saints are in the process of playing in two tournaments – the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament and the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association competition. Their fun schedule began last weekend.
On Saturday, the Saints topped St. Albans, 15-4, in an IAC tournament game. They came back Tuesday to rout St. Christopher’s, 15-3, in a VISAA game.
The Saints were then set to play an IAC semifinal on Wednesday at Georgetown Prep. They had a 3-2 lead after the first quarter when the rains came. The two teams waited for about 90 minutes before agreeing to suspend the game and re-start it on Thursday.
Next comes the VISAA state semifinals against the Norfolk Academy – in Norfolk – on Friday at 2:30 p.m. If the Saints win that game, they’ll play in the VISAA finals on Saturday.
And a win against Georgetown Prep in the delayed game would land them in the IAC finals on Monday or Tuesday. To make it more fun, the kids are going through AP testing now also.
“It’s a busy week, but at the end of the season it’s fun,” said Saints coach Andy Taibl. “We just put a challenge forward to them. They know what’s in front of them. Either show up and get it done or you lose.”
St. Thomas More got a lot of help on offense and defense, as it won the Louisiana state championship earlier this month with a 10-8 victory over Jesuit-New Orleans.
The Cougars finished the season with an impressive 21-4 record, but they needed to beat a Jesuit team that handed them a 13-11 loss in a Feb. 20 regular-season game. But St. Thomas More came up big in the title game.
Hunter Stinton came off the bench to score two goals in about a minute in the fourth quarter to break an 8-8 tie and give the Cougars the win. He was named the offensive MVP for his efforts.
Goalie Andrew Broussard won the defensive MVP honor by making 14 saves, frequently coming up with big stops to hold off the Blue Jays.
In the end, St. Thomas More was able to find success this season because of its balanced attack. Saban Sellers led the way with 62 goals and 19 assists for 81 points.
Joe Boustany added 26 goals and eight assists for 34 points. Ashton Langlinais helped with 25 goals and seven assists for 32 points. The Cougars finished the season with 230 goals but gave up only 135.
And that’s a big reason they won a championship.
“It’s huge,” said assistant coach Rusty Deas. “It’s gratifying to see all the hard work that we started five years ago pay off. It really shows the hard work that the kids have put in—none of the kids had any lacrosse background whatsoever.
Skaneteles rolled to a 12-6 victory over Cazenovia in New York game on Tuesday, according to Syracuse.com.
Tom Schoener led the way with four goals, and teammates Kevin Rice and Paul O’Donnell both scored three goals to help the attack. The win improved the Lakers to 13-0 this season.
In addition, the victory ended Cazenovia’s 11-game winning streak. The loss dropped its record to 10-2 on the season.
Brett Axelson paced the team with three goals.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s state lacrosse tournament will start next week when the regionals begin play, according to the group's Web site.
The regional tournament is set to begin on May 20 as there’s two divisions overall – Division 1 and Division 2. The Lacrosse Tournament committee is scheduled to meet today and do the final seedings.
After the regionals will be the state championship games in each division. The title games are scheduled for June 12 at 2 p.m. (Division 2) and 4:30 p.m. (Division 1) at Birmingham Seaholm.
Birmingham Brother Rice (Division 1) and East Grand Rapids (Division 2) are the defending champions.
The Oregon High School Lacrosse Association also is starting its playoff tournament as the its website said that they will have 24 teams competing.
But they’ll do what the NCAA men’s basketball tournament does and use a play-in game first, because there are 25 teams available to get into the competition but just 24 spots there.
High Desert and North Valley will play on May 19 in the play-in game. The winner will then advance to the tournament two days later.
The state championship game is scheduled for June 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Tualatin High School.
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