National High School Boys' Notebook:
Westminster Tops Lovett for Georgia Title
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
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Westminster won a third Georgia state title and its second in four years. But the Wildcats didn’t have an easy time doing so.
Bennett Gillogly completed a big night by scoring the game-winning goal with about four minutes left to give Westminster a 10-9 victory over Lovett in the AAAA final.
Gillogly, headed to Tufts to play football in the fall, finished with three goals and two assists. He plays several roles for the Wildcats.
“He was sort of like our workhorse,” said coach Tony Souza. “He’s always on the field.”
But Gillogly also battled some shoulder problems, which limited his faceoff duties. Still, Gillogly came up big in the championship game and helped the Westminster offense a lot in the first half.
“He was the man in the championship game,” said Souza. “He came out firing. He did everything.”
Goalie Matthew Hawkins did a little bit of everything—especially in the second half. Lovett came up with several good chances in the final two quarters. In fact, Lovett got a number of good opportunities in the final four minutes after the tie-breaking goal.
But Hawkins and the Wildcats held on.
They also got a great effort from Patrick Howard, who limited Lovett’s Bo Anderson to only one assist. Anderson has been one of the most dangerous attackmen in Georgia.
Westminster finished with an 18-4 record. Two of those victories came over Lovett. The first was a 7-6 overtime decision in April.
That was the first time the Wildcats have beaten Lovett in seven years.
“It’s always a tough game with them,” Souza said.
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes saw its long, crazy week end with one championship and one third-place finish.
“We’ll take it,” said coach Andy Taibl. “I’m proud of the way the boys finished.”
The Saints (19-5) seized the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) championship with 10-7 and 11-6 wins over Norfolk Academy and St. Anne's-Belfield in the semifinals and championship game, respectively.
Peter Labovich scored five goals in the championship game after netting two in the semifinals.
Brent Armstrong had three goals, two assists and won 10 of 12 faceoffs in second half of the championship game; goalkeeper Ben Levy had 21 saves over the two days.
SSSA lost to Georgetown Prep, 10-6 on Thursday, and then lost to Episcopal High School, 9-7, but still got third place based upon the point system in the Interstate Athletic Conference.
The team played six games over seven days and added one more three days later.
"They were determined to accomplish one of their goals, which was to win a championship," Taibl said. "They kind of circled the wagons; they rallied well together. I was proud of the way they pulled together and played well on a daily basis. They played well as a team.”
Louisville Trinity and Christian Academy stand alone in first place in their divisions of Kentucky lacrosse, while North Oldham and Greenwood are deadlocked at the top of the division.
In Division 1, Louisville Trinity has an 8-0 record. The school has crushed opponents by scoring 125 goals and allowing just 28. The Shamrocks are one game ahead of Louisville St. Xavier (7-1) and two on top of Kentucky Country Day (6-2).
Christian Academy has a one-game edge on DuPont Manual in Division 2-A. The Centurions are 6-0, while the Crimson Rams sit at 5-1.
Greenwood and North Oldham sit tied at 4-0 on top of Division 2-B. Both teams have a 4-1 record. Northern Kentucky LC and Lafayette both are one game behind at 3-2.
Looks like St. Anthony's and Chaminade have some legitimate company in the Long Island Catholic schools race.
St. Mary’s (N.Y.) continued its near-perfect season with a near-perfect game earlier this week, blanking St. Raymond’s, 9-0 on Tuesday.
Nick Hutchinson scored four goals and added one assist as St. Mary’s improved to 17-1 overall and 14-0 in the CHSAA.
Sean McCann pitched in with one goal and three assists. AJ Adipietro and Chris McCrorie both got two goals.
Jimmy McCann also got three assists. Goalie Dan Gorman wasn’t very busy, needing to make only two saves. St. Mary’s scored all nine goals in the first half.
In California, Foothill won its fourth straight Orange County lacrosse title late last weekend, beating Corona del Mar, 14-11, in the US Lacrosse Division I South finals.
Eric Adamson led the way with five goals for Foothill. Cameron Cole, Cooper Pickell and Taylor DeBerry each scored twice.
Foothill then went on to win a third straight Southern Section title, taking a big early lead and moving to a 10-7 victory.
Six straight goals gave Foothill a 6-2 lead, and that was all the team needed. Chris Cole got two goals and two assists as part of a balanced performance.
Goalie Nathan Kleponis finished with 10 saves.
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