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Southeast Region Top 10
1. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 8-2
2. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 7-0
3. Westlake (Texas), 6-1
4. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 2-1
5. St. Andrew's (Fla.), 8-1
6. Highland Park (Texas), 5-0
7. Lassiter (Ga.), 5-0
8. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 5-2
9. Middle Creek (N.C.), 5-0
10. Lambert (Ga.), 5-2
Dropped Out: None
Also considering (alpha order): Allatoona (Ga.), 7-1; Christ School (N.C.), 4-0; Jupiter (Fla.), 7-1; Lake Highland Prep (Fla.), 8-1; Lake Norman (N.C.), 1-2; Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.), 2-2; Roswell (Ga.), 5-1; Starrs Mill (Ga.), 10-0; Walton (Ga.), 6-2; Westminster (Ga.), 6-1.
It was a whirlwind week across the sports world as the coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension or cancellation of athletic events. And that impact was just a great in the South as elsewhere across the country.
Most state associations, school districts, and individual schools have suspended all athletic activities until late March or early April. However, there were still plenty of games played last week, especially early in the week.
Weddington (N.C.) senior attackman Anthony Todaro became the program’s all-time leading goal scorer, surpassing 157 career goals last week.
The Binghamton signee recorded seven points on six goals and one assist against Hough (N.C.) on Monday to surpass Hunter Fasanaro as the program’s goal leader.
The senior added three goals and four assists against Parkwood (N.C.), bringing his career totals to 261 points, 163 goals, and 98 assists. Fasanaro is the player LaxRecords has as Weddington’s all-time leading scorer with 280 career points.
Storyline of The Week
One of the biggest storylines of the week was two undefeated squads meeting in a marquee matchup in the Peach State on Thursday night.
Buford (Ga.) remains undefeated after taking down Mill Creek (Ga.) 11-10. Mill Creek was able to come back from down 8-5 at the half, but ultimately, Buford was able to survive the comeback and secure the victory.
The Wolves were led in the victory by Danny Reymond and Mikey Canavan, who each tallied five points (3G/2A).
In the Lone Star State, Highland Park (Texas) scored a significant victory on Wednesday night as they took down defending state champions Episcopal School (Texas) 8-7 on the road. In what was a defensive battle, the Scots held a narrow 5-4 lead at the half and pushed that lead out to 8-6 at the end of the third.
While the Eagles were able to force a comeback in the fourth quarter, the Scots’ defense stood tall down the stretch to help secure the victory.
Team of The Week
Jupiter (Fla.) goes into this period of uncertainty with a 7-1 record, which included two wins over Oxbridge Academy (Fla.) as the two decided to play on Friday and celebrate Senior Day.
The Warriors, who are one of the Sunshine State’s traditional powers, also took down Wellington (Fla.) 18-9 on Monday night. The Warriors have been led this season by junior attackman Max Sanderson who notched 31 points (24g/7a) through their first seven games. Junior Aiden Vincent has a .666 save percentage. Senior Ty Benedetto has won 69-of-100 faceoffs through seven contests.
The Coronavirus outbreak has put a halt on the high school lacrosse season across the country, and the South is certainly no exception.
In Alabama, the GBYLA has suspended all practices and games through April 3.
Schools in Florida have been shut down until March 30. The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) has made no official statement at the time of this writing, but athletics have been suspended until the end of March.
The Georiga High School Association has recommended that schools suspend all athletic events, which most schools and school districts have done.
In Kentucky, both the KSLL and CLL are following the KHSAA’s implementation of a dead period, which shuts down all athletic events until April 12.
In Louisiana, the LHSLL has announced that they will suspend competition from March 16 until April 13.
In North Carolina, both the NCHSAA has suspended all athletics until April 6, and the NCISAA has suspended athletics indefinitely.
The South Carolina High School League has announced that they will make a final decision on whether to postpone athletics or not on Monday, March 16.
In Tennessee, the TSLA is following the lead of the state government and TSSAA. Many school districts and schools have decided to close and suspend athletics until either late March or early April.
In Texas, the THSLL has not made an official decision at the time of writing this, but the UIL has suspended all sanctioned athletics until March 29. Lacrosse is not a sanctioned sport in Texas, but many schools in states that don’t sanction lacrosse follow the guidelines of their state association for all sports and activities.