Big Texas Matchups
The best four teams in Texas meet Saturday in the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) Final Four and either of the semifinal games would make for an exciting final.
One of the longest winning streaks in Texas is going to end when the 17–0 Episcopal Dallas (Dallas) meets the 23–0 The Woodland (Texas) on May 13. This is the first meeting between these two teams this season, but they have several common opponents. The Woodlands beat Kingwood 17–9 and 11–6 this season. Episcopal Dallas defeated St. Mark’s 13–7. When these teams met last season, ESD came away with a 7–4 victory, but The Woodlands got the best of the Eagles in 2015 by the scored of 9–8.
In the other half of the THSLL semifinal, pits the teams that made the state championship game last season against each other this season. Dallas Jesuit (Dallas) defeated Highland Park (Dallas) 9–4 in last year’s state title game. When they met on April 21, Highland Park won 7–5, so this marks the second meeting between these rivals this year. Highland Park enters the game on a two-game win streak, while Dallas Jesuit has a three-game streak. Owen Seebold is coming off a 17-point performance in the last two games for Highland Park, including a nine-point game in the quarterfinal win over Kinkaid.
There were a few notable landmarks reached by players in the last week, including Goshen (N.Y.) sophomore, Jared Cassel scoring his 100th career goal on May 3. Cassel had five goals and three assists in a 17–4 win over Rondout Valley (N.Y.). The sophomore has 32 goals and nine assists this season.
Player of the Year candidate, Kyle Long reached the 200th assist of his career for Springfield-Delco (Springfield, Pa.) on May 4 in an 11–2 win over Harrition (Pa.). The junior has 203 assists after tallying 54 as a freshman, 79 as a sophomore and 70 this season. Springfield-Delco still has two regular season games remaining, along with any potential playoff games.
Another Player of the Year candidate, Adam Ritter, hit 100 career assists for Archbishop Carroll (Radnor, Pa.) last week. The junior has 71 points this season on 38 goals and 38 assists.
Three Times The Charm
St. Anne’s-Belfield (Charlottesville, Va.) could have three 100-point scorers for the first time in program history this season. The Saints have two attackman that have already reached the mark and one more who is close.
Joe Robertson and Connor Shellenberger have both already surpassed the 100 point mark with Jack Schultz close behind at 93.
Robertson added 17 goals and nine assists last week alone in three games.
Robertson has 88 goals and 27 assists, Shellenberger has 64 goals and 39 assists and Schultz has 59 goals and 34 assists.