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Another week of lacrosse is in the books here in the South. Over the last week, we saw some big matchups, both in state and interstate. We also saw great performances and a goal that took the lacrosse world as a whole by storm.
While helping his team to an 8-4 record, St. John Paul II (Fla.) junior attackman Camden Etten has been a critical figure on Eagles offense. Etten has tallied a total of 71 points (46G,25A) through 12 games.
Last week he totaled 12 points in three games. He helped St. John Paul II to an 11-8 win over Riverview Sarasota (Fla.) 11-8 and totaled six points in games against St. Edward’s (Fla.) and Cardinal Mooney (Fla.).
Against Riverview Sarasota, Etten tallied six points on four goals and two assists. The junior had a goal and an assist against St. Edwards and four points (3g,1a) against Cardinal Mooney.
The Storyline of the Week
There were a few big storylines throughout the South last week, including some inter-regional battles with some of the more “traditional” powers in high lacrosse. We also saw a battle of unbeaten down in the Bayou.
Loyola-Blakefield (Md.) and St. Paul’s (Md.) traveled to Florida last week while St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.) traveled to North Carolina for a big-time matchup Saturday.
Canterbury (Fla.) faced Loyola-Blakefield and took a 16-1 loss. American Heritage (Fla.) and St. Andrew’s (Fla.) both played St. Paul’s.
American Heritage lost 17-1, while St. Andrew’s put up more of a fight, but still lost 16-8.
In North Carolina, Christ School (N.C.) defeated Virginia power St. Anne’s-Belfield (Va.) 12-11 to improve its record to 8-0.
In Louisiana, it was a battle of unbeaten on Wednesday when Newman (La.) and Catholic-Baton Rouge (La.) faced off. After trailing 5-2 at the half, Newman posted the comeback victory 10-9.
Team of The Week
The team of the week this week is Centennial (Ga.) The Knights started the season 4-0 before taking their first loss in early March to Lake Norman (N.C.). After that loss, they have bounced back strong with five-straight wins.
Last week they won three games, including two at the AJO4Lax Fest on Saturday. The Knights defeated Lovett (Ga.) 13-12 in overtime on Monday and then defeated Duluth (Ga.) 22-0 and Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) 22-6 at the AJO4Lax Fest on Saturday.
One of the Knights 22 goals against Peachtree Ridge went viral after three behind the back passes turned into a behind-the-back goal by Maryland commit Ryan Siracusa. It made Sportscenter on Saturday night as the No. 3 play in the Sportscenter Top 10.
— Caleb Sadd (@calebsadd20) March 23, 2019
Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.) freshman midfielder/attackman Beck Johnson turned in an eight-goal performance in a 16-6 win over St. Louis University High School (Mo.). The freshman's total is a career high.
It is at a point in the season where there are fewer undefeated teams across the South with each passing week. While some states have multiple teams still unbeaten some just have one or two.
Here is a state by state breakdown:
Alabama: Vestavia Hills (Ala.)
Florida: Gulf Coast (Fla.), Wiregrass Ranch (Fla.), Providence School (Fla.), The First Academy (Fla.), Melbourne Central Catholic (Fla.)
Georgia: Lambert (Ga.), Walton (Ga.), Lassiter (Ga.)
Kentucky: Louisville Collegiate (Ky.)
Louisiana: St. Paul’s (La.), Newman (La.)
North Carolina: Weddington (N.C.), Christ School (N.C.), Hoggard (N.C.), Chapel Hill (N.C.), South Lake Christian Academy (N.C.)
South Carolina: Flora (S.C.)
Tennessee: Independence (Tenn.), Page (Tenn.), Murfreesboro (Tenn.), West Knoxville (Tenn.)
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