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There were three games last week that featured a defending state champion from the midwest. Two of those were rivalry games.
Loyola Academy (Ill.) visited rival New Trier (Ill.). Carmel (Ind.) took on Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.), and St. Xavier (Ky.) traveled to Indiana to take on Carmel (Ind).
Loyola Academy and New Trier was a rematch of last year's Illinois state championship game. These are two Top 10 teams in the Midwest, and both are loaded with talent. They have been in almost every state championship game for the last 20 years. Loyola Academy came out the winner 7-6 in overtime, and there was great play from both sides and stellar goalie play from each team. Loyola Academy goalie Dom Urukalo earned LaxRecords Player of the Game. Without his performance, it is likely that New Trier would’ve been victorious.
Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern (HSE) is a heated rivalry between neighboring schools. These teams just don't like each other, evidenced by some “spirited “ play. Goalies Joe Gollmer (Carmel) and Timmy Mathioudakis (HSE) along with each teams offensive weapons Tommy Spraetz (Carmel) and Cam Smith (HSE) provided plenty to keep fans attention. HSE came out on top 6-5, and goalie Mathioudakis earned LaxRecords Player of the Game honors. He thwarted an offensive onslaught in the final seconds to seal the win for HSE.
Kentucky vs. Indiana
Defending Kentucky State Champion St. Xavier headed up to Carmel and came out with the 12-6 win. St. Xavier came into this game ranked fifth in the Midwest, according to Inside Lacrosse. This was a tough test for Carmel, coming off an emotional game the evening before against HSE. The game started out even from both sides, but it the end St. Xavier was too much for Carmel to overcome. Will Hubbs, Ben Hubbs, and Patrick Anderson provided the offensive fireworks and goalie Joe Storner was tough. With four goals, Colin Lococo took home the LaxRecords Player of the Game honors.
This upcoming week Michael Ward heads to Long Island to see Loyola Academy represent the Midwest against three nationally-ranked teams Chaminade (N.Y.), St Anthony’s (N.Y.), and Garden City (N.Y.).
PSA from Ward
One last thing, I've attended many high school lacrosse games throughout the Midwest the past month and a half, and I'm still hearing parents losing their minds at referees. This is terrible behavior plain-and-simple. I've had parents come up to me apologizing for the parents associated with their teams. They tell me your names, who your kids are. Let me assure you of something, I've seen and heard of many kids not get recruited based on how their parent's action. You aren't helping your kids, your coaches, or your team. You also embarrass yourselves. Here's a good rule of thumb, if your coach isn't losing his mind, you should not be losing yours. They hear from the referees and get an explanation. Your job is to sit and cheer on your team. And it would be good if most of you screamers actually knew the rules. If you think I'm talking to you, I probably am. Until next week.
Editor's News and Notes
Dublin Coffman (Ohio) continues to roll along with a 10-0 record. The Shamrocks knocked off two defending North Carolina state champions early this year in Weddington (N.C.) and Lake Norman (N.C.) and posted a 10-1 win over Dublin Jerome (Ohio) on March 21. Coffman's biggest tests of the year are on the horizon with a home game against Upper Arlington (Ohio) on May 1, followed by a game against Brother Rice (Mich.) on May 4.
Shawnee Mission East (Kan.) has won 10-straight games since dropping back-to-back games in late March. The Lancers posted a 9-2 win over rival Rockhurst Jesuit (Kan.) on April 11. Senior Griffin Fries leads the team with 67 points, followed by Cade Eldred with 62. Fries is the first known-and-reported player in Kansas history to surpass 300 career points. The attackman has 324 points on 200 goals and 124 assists.
Kettle Moraine (Wisc.) is in the midst of a four-game run where it's taking on out-of-state opponents. The Lasers played St. Michael's College (Canada), then traveled to New York to take on Victor (N.Y.). The dropped the first two games of the run, but face Palo Verde (Nev.) and Shawnee Mission East on April 26 and 27. Kettle plays Glenbrook North (Ill.) and Lake Forest (Ill.) on mid-May as well.
William Alban broke the Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) program record with 15 points and 13 assists in a 20-5 win over Hilliard Bradley (Ohio) on April 11. According to the Kilbourne article, The previous single-game assist record was eight by Matt Knott in 1996. The previous single-game point record was 12 also held by Knott in 1996.
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