Over the next few weeks, LaxRecords will look back at the 2016 season with notes on what happened in championship games, notable milestones and any surprises or fun facts that occurred.
July will kick off our first-ever Looking Ahead features with an in-depth look at underclassmen to watch, what milestones could be reached and the teams to watch in 2017.
Today, LaxRecords.com looks back at the 2016 boys’ lacrosse season with Season Rewind: Georgia.
Lambert (Suwanee, Georgia) defeated Lassiter (Marietta, Georgia) 6-3 to capture its third state championship in program history on May 14. The Longhorns capped an undefeated, 21-0, season with the win.
Hayden Barnes scored the first goal of the game, just 46 seconds in, and Hunter Clem extended the lead to 2-0 before Matt O’Rourk to make it 3-0. The Longhorns took a 4-1 lead into halftime and the defense held Lassiter scoreless in the third quarter.
O’Rourk led the team with three goals in the victory. Lambert’s defense allowed just 2.9 goals per game in the final nine games of the year and did not allow a team to score in double digits since they allowed 11 against Johns Creek (Georgia) on March 11. Lambert had four shutouts this season.
Allatoona (Acworth, Georgia) won its first state championship with a 9-7 win over Westminster (Atlanta) on May 14.
The Buccaneers jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Trevor Stuart, Carson Sorrells and Ben Galloway, but Westminster scored four unanswered goals to take a 5-4 lead in the third quarter. Undeterred, Allatoona took an 8-6 lead in the fourth quarter to cement the victory.
Galloway, Stuart and Austin Sumbado each scored two goals for the Buccaneers.
Greater Atlanta Christian (Atlanta) head coach Tim Ball won his 100th career game on May 3 in a 20-4 win over Woodward Academy (College Park, Georgia). Ball has been the head coach of the Spartans since 2008. In that time, Ball has averaged 11 wins per season.
North Paulding (Dallas, Georgia) senior Kyle Banks surpassed two milestones in his final season. The attackman reached 300 career points and 200 career goals in the final weeks of the year. Banks, who committed to Middle Tennessee State for football, finished his lacrosse career with 316 points, 211 goals and 105 assists.
Centennial (Roswell, Georgia) sophomore Nicky Solomon is carving out his own legacy for the Knights. The North Carolina commit surpassed 100 career goals and 100 career assists in just his second season. Solomon has 159 assists after handing out 85 last season. He finished 2016 with 133 career goals after scoring 74.
Banks finished his North Paulding (Dallas, Georgia) career by leading the state with 75 goals this season.
Solomon led the state with 159 points and 85 goals this season. He also had the most assists in a single game with 10 against Matanzas (Florida) on April 2. The UNC commit posted the three best known point games as well, with two 16 point and one 15-point game this season.
Solomon’s teammate, goalie Eric Cecere, had the most known saves with 225.
Wesleyan ( Peachtree Corners, Georgia) sophomore, Rawley Smith had the most known goals in a single game when he scored 10 against Riverwood (Atlanta) on April 21.
Pope (Marietta, Georgia) senior, Michael Oswald, had the most known saves in a single game with 25 in an 8-overtime game against Lassiter (Marietta, Georgia) on April 22.
It was not a huge upset in the grand scheme, but Allatoona’s 9-7 win over Westminster in the Class 5A championship game may not have been the outcome some expected. After all, Westminster had already defeated Allatoona once this year, a 10-9 overtime victory on April 23. The Wildcats lost just three games in state last year, and by a combined four goals.
Allatoona’s defense was stout last season. They allowed 11 goals and then 10 in their first two games of the year, then not against until the loss to Westminster. After that loss, the Buccaneers did not allow more than seven goals in their final five games.