Southeast Region Top 10
1. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 6-0
2. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 5-0
3. Lambert (Ga.), 4-0
4. Westlake (Texas), 5-1
5. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 0-0
6. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 3-1
7. Walton (Ga.), 4-2
8. St. Andrew's (Fla.), 4-0
9. Highland Park (Texas), 2-0
10. Lassiter (Ga.), 3-0
Also considering (alpha order): Christ School (N.C.), 1-0; Jupiter (Fla.), 2-1; Lake Norman (N.C.), 0-0; McCallie School (Tenn.), 0-0; Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.), 0-1; St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 3-0; Starrs Mill (Ga.), 7-0; Westminster (Ga.), 5-1.
Editor's note: The Southeast Region Top 10 is compiled by Mike Loveday with the following coaches as consultants: Pat Kennedy, Tom West, Josh Sagel, Matt Garvey, Stan Ross, William Kellis, Scott Rickard, Michael Desmon, Eric Klaus
The high school lacrosse season in the South is underway. States like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana have been going for at least a week. At the same time, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee are all at the start of their seasons.
Either way, the lacrosse season is here. Rejoice!
Last week, the Limestone signee scored eight goals in a win over West Boca Raton and six goals in a win over first-year program Pompano Beach. Thomfohrde also had two consecutive seven goals game the week prior.
Thomfohrde’s sixth goal of the Pompano Beach game was the senior’s 200th point of his career. The senior currently sits with 31 points (28G/3A) through the first four games of the season.
Storyline of The Week
One of the biggest storylines of the past week was defending champions in North Carolina and Tennessee going head-to-head on Saturday night in Nashville.
Defending NCISAA Division I champions Christ School (N.C.) faced defending TSLA Private Division I champions Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.). Behind a six-goal effort from senior Loyola signee Davis Lindsey, the visiting Greenies came out on top in a big early-season 15-6 victory.
The Walton Raiders (Ga.) defeated the Lambert Longhorns (Ga,) in the 6A-7A GHSA state championship game last season. In 2020, they are now the hunted instead of the hunters. And while they already have two losses to regional powers Lambert and Ponte Vedra (Fla.), they faced another of their significant challenges Saturday against Allatonna (Ga.), who they beat 8-5 a year ago.
Walton secured the 10-9 victory over the Buccaneers, but it would take two overtime periods to do so.
With just 13 seconds left in regulation, Cleveland State signee Amiri Austin scored the game-tying goal for Allatoona to make it a 9-9 game and force overtime. Sacred Heart signee Drew Pritts scored the game-winner for the Raiders with 23 seconds left in the second overtime period.
Team of The Week
The defending SCHSL 5A state champions Fort Mill (S.C.) started their 2020 campaign strong last week, winning three games in four days to start the season 3-0. Included in those three contests was a 12-10 win over crosstown rival Nation Ford (S.C.). The two will meet again this week.
First-year program Foundation Academy (Fla.) has had a solid start with a 2-2 record through the first two weeks of the season. Freshman Sam Zagame has been a big part of the Lions' early success. And while the 6-foot-1, 175-pound freshman has put up four goals or more in all of their first four games, his most significant performance came on Friday night as he scored 10 goals in their 17-11 win over Ocoee (Fla.).
Trinity (Ky.) and St. Xavier (Ky.) - the Bluegrass State's two powerhouses - both started their 2020 campaigns over the weekend with wins over 2019 GBYLA runner up Vestavia Hills (Ala.), who spent the weekend in Louisville.
Isidore Newman (La.) is the only team in Louisiana left unbeaten that has played more than two games. Newman is 5-0 with an average goal differential of 12.4.
Perennial powerhouses Ponte Vedra (Fla.) and Lambert (Ga,) are both currently undefeated headed into March.
Defending THSLL Division I champion Episcopal Dallas (Texas) took their first loss of the season against Westlake (Texas) on Sunday. The game featured close to 20 college commits, including 14 Division I commits.