Nike/US Lacrosse South Boys' Region Report
by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com
Player of the Week
Gannon Morrison, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.)
The senior attacker led the Crusaders in a comeback win over Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) last week, having a hand in all but three of the team's 13 goals. He scored three times and assisted on seven other goals. Morrison, who is committed to Marist, was a big part of Gibbons' offense last year, scoring 18 goals and adding 32 assists while helping the Crusaders to a state runner-up finish and 20-1 record. He was an All-American last season and an all-state honoree as a sophomore.
Notable: Jackson Colling, Lake Highland Prep (Fla.); Jack Beare, Episcopal Dallas (Texas); Grey Reames, Montgomery Bell (Tenn.); Viper Scheele, Jupiter (Fla.); Jared Siegel, Centennial (Ga.)
Game of the Week
Highland Park (Texas) vs. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), April 11
This is a rematch of a close game last year in which Highland Park handed Dallas Jesuit its first loss against a Texas opponent, 7-6. Though most have their eye on next week's matchup between the Rangers and Episcopal Dallas, the top two teams in the state, Highland Park looks to prove it shouldn't be overlooked. Both teams were state semifinalists last year, and the Scots' only in-state losses this year are against Episcopal Dallas and The Woodlands, both by three goals. Jesuit's lone loss was to Memphis University School, 8-6.
South Region Top 10
1. Episcopal Dallas (Texas) 11-1
The Eagles picked up another quality win against a Texas opponent, beating Coppell 20-4 on April 1. The game marked their sixth victory over a team in the LaxPower.com Top 10 ratings for Texas. Jack Beare paced Episcopal with six goals and one assist, while Sam Romano (three goals, two assists) and Nakeie Montgomery (three goals) each added hat tricks.
2. Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) 12-3
The Highlanders tacked on three more wins last week, including a notable 9-8 win over rival St. Andrew's (Fla.) in a rematch of last year's state final (also a one-goal win for LHP). Sophomore Jackson Colling played his biggest best game of the season, scoring six goals on seven shots to lead Lake Highland, which will begin its state title defense next week as district tournaments begin.
3. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) 12-0
The Crusaders handed Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) just its second loss of the season, overcoming a 4-0 deficit and scoring seven unanswered goals in the second half for a 13-6 win on Saturday. Senior attacker Gannon Morrison led Gibbons with three goals and seven assists, while Danny Geiger also finished with three goals.
4. Dallas Jesuit (Texas) 11-1
The Rangers beat Allen (Texas) 18-6 on April 1 for their sixth win by double digits. Will Carney and Gavin McClure both scored hat tricks, while John Wheeler added three points on one goal and two assists. Jesuit's next big test is against Highland Park on Friday before a tilt with Episcopal Dallas on April 17.
5. Jupiter (Fla.), 12-2
The Warriors are back on track after suffering back-to-back losses two weeks ago. They picked up four wins last week, including a notable 9-7 win over defending Georgia Class 6A champion Centennial on Saturday. They wrap up the regular season this week with games against Milton (Ga.) and St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.).
6. Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.), 8-2
The Big Red move up a spot after beating McCallie (Tenn.) 11-5 on Friday, following a 15-3 win over Pope John Paul II (Tenn.) earlier in the week. MBA is 4-2 against out-of-state competition with wins over two of Kentucky's top programs and with both losses coming to teams from Maryland.
7. Barron Collier (Fla.), 12-1
The Cougars have won seven straight since suffering a one-goal loss to Jupiter, although they had to battle to pull through in a few of those, including their 6-3 win over Vero Beach (Fla.) on Friday. Barron Collier put plenty of pressure on Vero Beach goalie Brad Heckman, but he came up with 16 saves.
8. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 12-2
The Sharks rebounded from their overtime loss to Jupiter with four wins last week, including handing Melbourne Central Catholic (Fla.) just its second defeat, 15-4, and beating Bishop Moore (Fla.) 13-7. Garrett Boyle led Ponte Vedra with three goals and two assists against Bishop Moore, which now has three losses, and two goals and two assists against MCC.
9. Northview (Ga.), 12-0
The Titans join the rankings with three more wins last week, including a 13-7 win over Bartram Trail (Fla.). They own quality wins over Lambert (Ga.) and Westminster (Ga.) and have outscored opponents 179-54 this season.
10. Charlotte Latin (N.C.), 8-0
Some of the Hawks' wins haven't been pretty, but they've shown they can survive in close games. Five of their wins were decided by two goals or less, including their latest 11-10 win over then-unbeaten Apex (N.C.) on Saturday. They also have won-goal wins over Memphis University School (Tenn.) and Fort Mill (S.C.)
Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) showed resiliency in its first test by an in-state opponent last week, coming back from a 4-0 deficit the first quarter against Charlotte Catholic. The Crusaders outscored Catholic 13-2 over the final three quarters to win 13-6 on Saturday in the first North Carolina Champions Challenge to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. The game was tied at 6-6 in the third quarter, but Gibbons' defense held Catholic scoreless the remainder of play, while the offense kicked it up a notch to score seven unanswered goals. Catholic junior midfielder Jake Priester had a hand in all five of his team's first-half goals, including scoring two of the team's first three goals and assisting on the rest. James Powers had the team's lone second-half goal. Gibbons has outscored its in-state opponents 106-30 this season.
Anytime Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) and St. Andrew's (Fla.) take the field for a game against each other, it's almost guaranteed to be a good one. The two teams didn't disappoint in their rematch of last year's state final, which the Highlanders won 8-7. Lake Highland once again pulled off the win by a goal, 9-8, this time in a meeting of the state's two finalists from the past four years. Jackson Colling scored his sixth goal of the night with six minutes left to give the Highlanders a two-goal lead, and Adam Sawicki came up with some big saves late as the LHP defense held off the Scots. Jake Bargas scored the last goal for St. Andrew's off a turnover. Lake Highland was playing without faceoff specialist Max Parker, who was sick.
Centennial (Ga.) split two tough games in Florida last week but slipped out of the rankings for now after a 9-7 loss to Jupiter. Jupiter goal two late goals from Peter Cox and Jessie Foertmeyer to finish off the Knights, as Viper Scheele finished with 13 saves for the Warriors. Centennial goalie Austin Skorb finished with 17 saves, defender Jake Sadd had eight ground balls and six forced turnovers, and Alex Prescott led the scoring with two goals and two assists. The Knights began the trip with a 6-5 win over Lake Mary with the help of three goals and an assist by Austin Prescott. Skorb had 12 saves, and Jared Siegel finished with 10 groundballs and 7-of-9 faceoff wins. Centennial finishes the trip with a game Tuesday against Lake Brantley (Fla.), which forfeited its first six wins of the season because of an ineligible player. The Patriots are 6-3 in its last nine games.
Milton (Ga.) dropped back out of the rankings after a 19-13 loss to St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) on Saturday. The Eagles (10-2) had just handed Gulf Coast (Fla.) its first loss the day before, 10-8. Milton owns notable in-state wins over Lassiter and defending state champion Centennial, but suffered a 13-11 loss to Lambert earlier in the year.
The Woodlands (12-4) has won six straight since suffering back-to-back losses to St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.) and Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) – in overtime – during a spring break trip that also included a victory over Memphis University School (Tenn.). The Highlanders improved their stock last week with a 10-7 win over Highland Park on Saturday. Their two in-state losses were against Coppell (13-7 on Feb. 23) and Episcopal Dallas (10-8 on March 1).
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
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