High School Boys

October 13, 2009
New Trier High School won its fifth consecutive Illinois "A" Division state boys' lacrosse championship with a 10-6 victory over Loyola Academy at Toyota Park, home of the MLL's Chicago Machine. It was New Trier's fourth straight win over Loyola for the title. New Trier used a ball control and patient offense, moving the ball around the net until just the right opening presented itself, and ran out to an early 4-0 lead before Loyola scored in the second quarter. Loyola nipped away at the lead, but could not string more than two goals together in its comeback attempt. Kevin Sweitzer scored three goals, and Will Harris and Steve Shapiro each tallied twice for the Trevians. © TD Paulius/Midwest Lacrosse Photography
New Trier High School won its fifth consecutive Illinois "A" Division state boys' lacrosse championship with a 10-6 victory over Loyola Academy at Toyota Park, home of the MLL's Chicago Machine. It was New Trier's fourth straight win over Loyola for the title. New Trier used a ball control and patient offense, moving the ball around the net until just the right opening presented itself, and ran out to an early 4-0 lead before Loyola scored in the second quarter. Loyola nipped away at the lead, but could not string more than two goals together in its comeback attempt. Kevin Sweitzer scored three goals, and Will Harris and Steve Shapiro each tallied twice for the Trevians. © TD Paulius/Midwest Lacrosse Photography

Illinois Adds High School Championships

from press release

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors approved a recommendation at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 13 to adopt an official state series for the sports of boys' lacrosse and girls' lacrosse beginning with the 2010-11 school term. The official IHSA lacrosse season, State Series and State Finals will be contested during the spring semester.
 
The addition of lacrosse will bring the total number of boys and girls sports contesting state championships to 15 apiece, while the overall number of IHSA sports and activities will grow to 43.
 
“The goal of the IHSA is to provide quality interscholastic opportunities for students in the state and the Board recognized that the addition of boys and girls lacrosse helps support that mission,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “The Board’s decision was consistent with the procedures used when adopting several other recent sports and activities, including water polo and journalism.”
 
The Board did create a contingency that 65 boys' lacrosse teams and 40 girls' lacrosse teams must be registered to participate in the state series by the February 1, 2011 spring sport deadline in order for either sport to crown a state champion in 2010-11. According to the IHSA Emerging Sports List, there are currently 65 schools fielding boys' lacrosse teams in the state and 40 fielding girls' lacrosse teams.
 
Even if the contingency prevents the inaugural state series from occurring during the 2010-11 school term, Hickman reiterated that the Board’s decision on Tuesday will only help the sport’s growth in Illinois.
 
“The Board felt it was important to put contingencies in place to preserve the esteem of the tournament and crowning a state champion, even if it has the possibility of delaying the start of a state series until beyond 2010-11. Regardless, we feel like the IHSA’s endorsement of the sport will help bring more legitimacy to club and intramural programs around the state and that many more schools will field squads in the coming years.”
 
Currently, 17 other state associations crown champions in boys and girls lacrosse.


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