Among today’s highlights in the weekly notebook, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) became the first team not named St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) or Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) to win the FHSAA state championship since 2002. Also today, South Carolina gets a champion, Lambert (Ga.) dominates and two new lists make their appearance.
While LaxRecords.com was started as a place to house the history of boys’ high school lacrosse, there are a lot of performances that do not make the lists. But those performances deserved to be highlighted.
Each Monday, I’ll highlight players, teams, coaches and games that caught my attention.
St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Ponte Vedra (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) met in the FHSAA championship game on Saturday with the Raiders becoming the first team not named St. Andrew’s (Boca Raton, Fla.) or Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) to win the title since 2002.
The Raiders and Sharks entered the game with a combined 42-0 record, but it was STA that exited the game with Florida’s longest active win streak (19 games).
Junior Kevin Crowley scored four goals, while senior Brennan Harhart scored three for St. Thomas Aquinas. The win is the first lacrosse championship for the Raiders, but becomes the 19th sport at the school to win an FHSAA title. Goalie Mikey Adler made 14 saves, including three in the fourth quarter.
The title game appearance was the second straight for STA, which lost 13-11 to Lake Highland Prep last season. The Raiders had quite the run to the title. They played overtime games in two of their final four games, including a triple-overtime 11-10 win over Benjamin School (North Palm Beach, Fla.) on Friday.
Crowley led the team with 51 goals this season, followed by Sam Khalil and Jimmy Harrington who each had 38. The team’s offense was balanced this season with six players scoring at least 10 goals. Adler finished the year with 99 saves.
Clay Welch and Reid Smith each scored three goals for Ponte Vedra, which finished the year 23-1. Head coach Tom West won his 150th game at Ponte Vedra with the team’s semifinal win over Lake Highland Prep.
St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Terry Crowley now has 391 career victories after his team’s 19-0 season.
In South Carolina, Wando (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) won its second consecutive title with a 6-5 double-overtime victory against Fort Mill (Fort Mill, S.C.). Junior Sam Weis scored two goals, including the game-winner.
Wando opened the game with a 2-0 lead on goals by Zack Bauer and Jack Davies. The Warriors’ Riley Seay and Ryan Lipsky added goals in the third quarter to extend the lead to 4-1. Fort Mill’s Joshua Cobbina and Jack Maguire cut the lead to 4-3 before Weis scored his first of the game to make it 5-3. Cobbina and Trenton Wylie tied the game for the Yellow Jackets and sent the game into overtime. Weis finished the year with 59 goals.
The Warriors won the title with defense this season, allowing an average of just five goals per game, while averaging 17 per game on offense. They finished the year on a six game winning streak. They did not allow more than seven goals against any South Carolina team this year.
Lambert (Suwanee, Ga.) is riding a 17 game winning streak and appears to be the favorite to win the Class 6A title this year.
Led by Trey Arnold, the Longhorns have wins over South Carolina state champion Wando, Johns Creek (Ga.), Allatoona (Ga.), Lovett (Ga.), Centennial (Roswell, Ga.) and Westminster (Ga.) this season.
Arnold has four program records, including the most faceoff wins in a season and career. He also has the most ground balls in a season and a career. He is also believed to hold the record for faceoff wins in Georgia 6A history, but that is not totally confirmed. Arnold has won 76 percent of his faceoffs this season, going 231-73.
Eric Overbay, a Villanova commit, leads the team with 31 goals, but the Longhorns have five players with at least 20 goals. Alex Walker has 29 goals, Matt O’Rourke has 25, Conrad McEvoy has 23 and Johnny DeVirgilio has 24. Senior goalie Ben Stump has 94 saves to lead a defense that has allowed double-digits in points just one this season. The defense has not allowed a team more than six goals in any game since March 11.
With the first two champions crowned, LaxRecords.com has started its 2016 Champions List. As in previous years, any championship photos will be added to a gallery on LaxRecords in addition to on the Facebook page.
Among the new items making an appearance on LaxRecords.com this week is the 2016-17 Coaching Changes list.
The first coach on the list is St. Mark’s (Dallas, Texas) coach Francis Donald. Donald has been the Lions’ head coach since 2014 when he took over for Hayward Lee. He compiled a 35-21 record thus far – the Lions have at minimum one playoff game this season. Donald stepped down to take a job in the admissions office at The Bishop’s School (La Jolla, Calif.).
Fratt nets four as Bellevue tops Guilderland
Augustus Fratt scored four goals as Bellevue (Wash.) cruised to its 10th boys lacrosse win of the season, easily downing Guilderland (N.Y.), 15 – 2, Monday, at Bellevue High School.
The Wolverines opened with four unanswered goals in the first before posting a 10 – 1 lead by the half before cruising with three in the third and another two in the final quarter.
Fratt, a junior midfielder, finished with four points, all on goals and three ground balls. Joseph Bethke, Jackson Bredman, Paul Johnson and Cameron McMahon all had two goals in the win.
For Guilderland, the loss was the second of the Dutchmen’s trip to Washington state. On Saturday, Guilderland dropped a 10 – 3 decision to Mercer Island (Wash.).
Bellevue, currently locked in a tie for second with Woodinville, is a game-and-a-half behind first place Mercer Island, which also won on Monday, in the boys Division I KingCo Conference.