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Most of the Midwest Region wraps up this week with the Indiana, Illinois and Ohio championship games on Saturday. Michigan wraps up its season on June 8.
Graham Bundy (Georgetown) scored six goals as MICDS (Mo.) won its sixth consecutive Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association championship 15-1 over De Smet (Mo.). Bundy scored five of his goals in the first half and helped the Rams jump out to a 7-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Thomas Niedringhaus (Boston University) scored four goals and Henry Carpenter (Penn State) had three assists and two goals in the win.
MICDS has won 92 consecutive games against Missouri teams.
Upper Arlington (Ohio) overcame a 3-1 deficit at the end of the first quarter to defeat Worthington Kilbourne (Ohio) 13-7 in the Region 3 final. The win partly avenges last year’s loss to Kilbourne in the Region 3 final. Last year’s region loss marked the first time since 2011 that Upper Arlington missed the state tournament.
The win sets up a game against defending champ St. Xavier (Ohio) on May 28.
The Golden Bears got hat tricks from Sam Campbell, A.J. Achatz and Jack Mason in the victory.
Noah Reidy came off the bench to score three of the St. Xavier’s final five goals, including the game-winning goal in an 11-10 victory over Archbishop Moeller (Ohio). The junior scored his final goal of the game with less than four minutes remaining to send his team to the Final Four. Moeller led 10-8 with less than seven minutes left in the game, but freshman Luke Vrsansky and junior Tom Goslee scored two goals to tie the game. Reidy scored on the next possession to give the Bombers the victory.
Career Making Night
Evan James helped Dublin Coffman (Ohio) defeat Dublin Jerome (Ohio) 20-11 in the Divison I Region Final and advance his team to the state Final Four. James scored eight points on five goals and three assists en route to becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer.
James has 286 points, which passed Cam Bowdy (140g, 138a) for No. 1 on the Shamrocks all-time list.
Tonight, 2018 All-American Cam Bowdy was on the sideline to watch Evan James surpass his Coffman Career Points record. A year ago, Cam surpassed the previous points record held by 2016 Attack Bryson James. Record back in the James family...for now. #OnceaRock #Family #Brothers pic.twitter.com/TsLMec8wiI
— Rocks Lacrosse (@coffmanlacrosse) May 25, 2019
Heart-Warming Story of the Week
Cincinnati.com has a nice story on Ryan Paulino from Loveland (Ohio). Paolino has Down syndrome and in his final game with the Tigers scored his second goal of the year.
“We saw that he was in the game, and I called a timeout the first chance I could get.,” Potttebaum told Cincinnati.com. “There was 45 seconds left, and the game was out of reach. I called the time out. As the boys came over and I was about to tell them the plan, I was interrupted by my junior captain, Reece Evans. He said ’40 is going to score.’ I looked at him and said ‘you read my mind.’ We know how the rest of the story goes.”
Indiana defending state champion Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) defeated Zionsville (Ind.) 20-9 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament. EJ Reichert and Ryan Kemp led the team with five goals each and Cam Smith led the way with seven points on four goals and three assists in the victory. The win advances HSE to the Final Four.
Carmel (Ind.) defeated Westfield (Ind.) 16-2. Cathedral (Ind.) downed Crown Point (Ind.) 15-8. Guerin Catholic (Ind.) defeated last year’s state runner-up Culver Academy (Ind.) 9-8 in overtime.
Cathedral faces Guerin in one half of the bracket while Carmel and HSE will faceoff on the other side. The semifinals will be played May 31 with the championship game taking place on June 1.
The Super-Sectionals (quarterfinals) of the Illinois High School Association playoffs gets underway Tuesday. New Treir (Ill.) appears to be the favorite after downing Loyola Academy (Ill.) 11-5 in the Section Finals last week. The Trevians host Lyons (Ill.) on Tuesday. The state championship is scheduled for June 1.
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