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Sweet No. 3
Mountain Lakes (N.J.) got four goals and a 13-for-20 performance by Matt Palazzi to defeat Delbarton (N.J.) 12-5 in the Tournament of Champions.
Mountain Lakes, the two-time defending Group 1 champion ousted the four-time Non-Public Group A champion Delbarton by jumping out to an 8-4 lead at halftime.
Delbarton had won the last three Tournament of Champions.
This was the first ToC title game appearance for for Mountain Lakes and head coach Tim Flynn since 2008. That was also the last time the Lakers had won the championship. Mountain Lakes and Delbarton met for ToC titles in four of the first five years of the title game’s existence.
Delbarton defeated Mountain Lakes in 2004 (the game’s first year) and 2006. Mountain Lakes defeated the Green Wave in 2007 and 2008.
This is Mountain Lake’s third ToC title. Delbarton has won seven - the most of any team in New Jersey.
Luke D’Ambrogi led his team with seven points on five assists and two goals as Cape Henlopen (Del.) defeated Salesianum (Del.) 12-10 for the Delaware state championship. The Vikings win snapped a four-year streak of state championship victories by Salesianum.
The last team to win a Delaware state championship that was not Salesianum was Cape Henlopen in 2014. This is head coach Mark D’Ambrogi’s first state championship since 2008 and his fifth overall.
D’Ambrogi has the second-most state championships in Delaware history. Salesianum head coach Bobby Healy leads the way with nine.
James Madison (Va.) won its first state championship with an 11-3 win over James Robinson (Va.) in the Virginia Class 5 state title game. Senior John Hollingsworth led the team with seven points and sophomore goalie Charlie Hassett made 13 saves in the victory. Hollingsworth had four goals and three assists to help first-year coach Aaron Solomon earn his first state championship.
Two Outta Three Ain’t Bad
Riverside (Va.) won its second Class 4A title in three years with a 12-4 win over E.C. Glass (Va.). Senior Daniel Maltz scored four goals to lead the team.
The Rams are in their fourth year as a program since opening in 2015. They won the 2017 Class 4A title in just two years as a program.
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Three Out of Four
Briar Woods (Va.) won its third state championship in four years with a 9-8 win over Atlee (Va.). The Falcons have won two straight Class 5A titles and 43 consecutive games.
The one-goal game was the closest of the year for head coach Marty Young and his Falcons. Riverside played them to a 14-12 outcome on March 26. Briar Woods outscored their opponents 330-117 this season.
Briar Woods finished 22-0 this season after completing a 22-1 season in 2018.
LaSalle College (Pa.) and Conestoga (Pa.) met in the PIAA championship game for the fifth time since the sport was sanctioned.
La Salle won its third of those meetings and its third PIAA championship with a 7-5 victory in the Class AAA game.
Zac Coar scored three goals for the Explorers and Christian Suter made six saves in the victory.
The road to the title game was not easy. La Salle overcame a six-goal deficit against Garnet Valley (Pa.) in the state semifinal game to earn their spot in the
title game. Coar had two goals and an assist in that win. Dan Mallee scored four goals and an assist in the semifinal victory. Mallee had a goal and an assist in the title game.
La Salle and head coach Bill Leahy have won five state championships overall. The Explorers won the Keystone Cup titles in 2008 and 2004 before lacrosse was sanctioned in Pennsylvania.
Bishop Shanahan (Pa.) won its second straight Class AA championship with a 12-3 win over Hershey (Pa.).
Owen Murray led the team with seven points (4g, 3a) and Kyle Gucwa had three goals and an assist in the victory.
This is the second championship for Bishop Shanahan and head coach Jon Heisman.
The Eagles defense allowed only 80 goals this season and have not allowed a team to score more than eight since they dropped an 11-10 decision to West Chester East (Pa.) on March 28. The Eagles finished the season on a 20-game winning streak.
Bishop Shanahan had a 20-game winning streak that ended with that March 28 loss. Their current streak started two days later with a 15-4 win over Hershey on March 30.
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