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It’s hard to believe, but the high school lacrosse season has wrapped up, and a bow has been placed in the Southeast region. State champions have been anointed in every state across the south with most finishing up last week, with a few states have already done for a few weeks.
Throughout the season, and especially these last few weeks, there were some incredible team and player performances, teams breaking through the grain, and players stepping up in times of need. The 2019 high school lacrosse season was full of excitement and everything else you want to see in a season.
Montgomery Bell (Tenn.) junior attackman Stephen Avery has been fantastic all year for the Big Red. He capped off his junior season with excellent performance, helping his team with the TSLA Private Division I championship.
In the championship game, Montgomery Bell defeated Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 9-8. The Big Red had to ward off a second-half comeback by the Purple Wave to secure their first championship since 2006.
Avery led the way for the Big Red with five points (4g,1a). The attackman finished his junior year with a total of 81 points (49g,32a).
Down Go The Longhorns
Lambert (Ga.) has been one of the teams that every team in the south has attempted to slay this season. The Longhorns had one of the toughest schedules in the region, and maybe even country. They took down regional powers such as Ponte Vedra (Fla.) and Middle Creek (N.C.). Before the state championship game, the only loss Lambert had was an upset loss to Lovett (Ga.).
In the 6A-7A state championship game, Walton (Ga.) competed with Lambert from start to finish and took down the Longhorns 8-7 in overtime. The Raiders held a two-goal lead late in the game, but Lambert scored two straight in the final minute.
The Raiders took down the Longhorns in overtime with junior midfielder Tate Harran driving to the net and taking the one last step to greatness by scoring the game-winning goal. The Bellarmine commit gave Walton their first state championship since 2011.
Henry Clay (Ky.) dominated Lexington Catholic (Ky.) in the CLL state championship game, winning 14-6.
Sophomore Presley Richmond led the Blue Devils with five goals in the win to help Henry Clay secure its fifth championship in program history.
State Tournament Central
Across the south, every state has now crowned a state champion in their various leagues. Last week Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky finished up with state championship games over the weekend.
Westminster (Ga.) defeated Lovett (Ga.) 9-8 in overtime to win Head Coach Tony Souza his sixth title.
In North Carolina Weddington (N.C.) won the NCHSAA 1A-3A state championship as they took down Chapel Hill (N.C.) 16-5. In the NCHSAA 4A state championship, Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) took down Ardrey Kell (N.C.) 12-5.
Christ School (N.C.) won the NCISAA DI championship, taking down Charlotte Country Day (N.C.) 7-6. It was the third straight championship for the Greenies.
In the NCISAA DII championship Southlake Christian (N.C.) defeated Cape Fear Academy (N.C.) 15-2.
In Tennessee, Montgomery Bell (Tenn.) defeated Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 9-8 to secure the TSLA Private DI championship, the Big Red’s first since 2006.
In the other divisions, Ravenwood (Tenn.) beat Collierville (Tenn.) 18-7 in the Public DI championship while Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.) took down Evangelical Christian (Tenn.) 7-6 in the Private DII championship. In the Public DII championship, Soddy Daisy (Tenn.) beat Murfreesboro (Tenn.) 11-1.
Kentucky crowned multiple championships with St. Xavier (Ky.) defeating Trinity (Ky.) 15-6 in the KSLL championship. In the CLL championship Henry Clay (Ky.) took down Lexington Catholic (Ky.) 14-6.
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