Posted: 10:26 am Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Lacrosse: A preview of Saturday’s championship games 

By Adam Krohn

On Saturday, the GHSA state champions of lacrosse will be determined after hard-fought regular seasons and postseasons. This will be the 10th season since the GHSA officially began recognizing lacrosse state champions.

On the boys side, the No. 2-ranked Northview Titans (20-1) will travel to play the No. 3 Lovett Lions (18-3) at 4 p.m. for the AAAAA-A title game. In AAAAAA, the No. 3 Roswell Hornets (16-3) will host No. 5 Lambert Longhorns (17-4) at 7 p.m.

In the AAAAA-A girls title game, the No. 1-ranked Kell Lady Longhorns (19-1) will host the No.2 Westminster Lady Wildcats (17-4) at 3 p.m. The No. 4 Walton Lady Eagles (15-6) will travel to the No. 1-ranked Milton Lady Eagles (18-3) for a 5 p.m. matchup to decide the AAAAAA title.

The Titans, the top seed from Area 3, are playing for their first state title in program history. They beat Benedictine, No. 8-ranked Allatoona and Pope to reach the final. The Lions are Area 1’s top seed and beat Riverwood, No. 5 Marist and defending state champions Westminster – the state’s No. 1 team. Lovett will play for its fourth state title and first since 2009, when it completed back-to-back championship seasons. Lovett and Northview did not play in the regular season.

The Hornets beat East Coweta, No. 6 Centennial and No. 8 Walton to reach the title game as a 2-seed from Area 2. They’ve never won a state title. The Lambert Longhorns are the lowest seed of any state finalist (along with the Walton girls) as a 3-seed from Area 3 and are seeking their third state title in four seasons, also winning in 2011 and 2012. They beat No. 10 North Gwinnett, No. 2 Harrison and top-ranked Milton to get to the finals. The Longhorns also beat the Hornets 10-9 on Mar. 12 in Roswell during the regular season.

The Kell Lady Longhorns are Area 2’s top seed, beating Lovett, No. 5 Northview and No. 8 Blessed Trinity in the tournament. Before this season, they’d never made it past the second round of the state playoffs. The Lady Wildcats are a No. 2 seed from Area 2 and beat No. 10 Holy Innocents’, No. 4 Cambridge, and St. Pius X. They’re going for a fifth consecutive state title, but Kell beat them in the regular season 14-9 at Kell on April 17.

Milton will seek its fifth consecutive state title – and ninth in the last 10 seasons – and beat Hillgrove, No. 7 West Forsyth and No. 5 Centennial as a No. 1 seed from Area 2. Milton has not lost to a Georgia team since 2009 and beat Walton 18-8 on Mar. 18. Walton is a No. 3 seed from Area 2 and beat Kennesaw Mountain, No. 8 Mill Creek and No. 2 Lassister. Walton is seeking its first state title.

2 comments
ComaToes
ComaToes

Lacrosse?   Lacrosse?   Seriously?  Dang, went to sleep and woke up in Europe.  Soccer's bad enough but LACROSSE?  AND even headlining?  HS baseball,  the All-American sport for decades gets pushed to the background, but these other minor sports from Europe get pushed to the top !  Don't get it !

njoerd
njoerd

Yogi

Lacrosse is a game invented by the American Indians, and rarely played in Europe.   So get your facts straight.  Lacrosse is currently the fastest growing sport in High School and the NCAA.  It is a much faster game than baseball, and much more fun to watch.  

The Milton Girls team is ranked #6 in the country and that alone warrents coverage as that national ranking puts it ahead of any other team in Georgia spring sports. 

Maybe Yogi, you should watch a game, much more exciting than baseball on any day.