Eastern Region Games of the Week, May 14-15

By Ryan Rohde

May 14

Virginia AAA Liberty District Championship
Langley Saxons (VA) vs. Madison Warhawks (VA)
Langley has been playing like the defending state champs, winning 11 straight and outscoring the opposition by an average of 11 goals. Madison comes in after winning an 18-16 shootout over Stonebridge in the semifinals. The Warhawks received seven goals and four assists from attackman Gordon Bailey. Langley took the only meeting between the two, 9-6, in the season-opening contest.

May 15

Georgia AAAAA State Championship
Lassiter Trojans (GA) vs. Milton Eagles (GA)
Lassiter won, 10-9, in the first meeting, but the state championship is on the line this time around. The Trojans were led by Cole Branch's four goals and one assist and Tucker Hammock's three goals and two assists in their 13-7 win over Northview in the semifinals. Milton reaches its first state championship in program history. Ben Aycock and Charlie Tew paced the Eagles with two goals apiece in the 8-5 semifinal win over Harrison.

Georgia AAAA-A State Championship
Westminster Wildcats (GA) vs. Lovett Lions (GA)
It took overtime for Westminster to top Lovett in the first meeting. Shelton Collier and Michael Thomas led the Wildcats with four goals and two assists each in the semifinals. Lovett comes in as two-time defending champs and an experienced team. The Lions received a huge effort from Bo Anderson with five goals and two assists, three of which came in fourth quarter, as the Lovett knocked of Lambert 13-9.

North Carolina State Championship
Apex Cougars (NC) vs. Myers Park Mustangs (NC)
Apex opened plenty of eyes as the two-time defending 3A champs knocked off previously undefeated East Chapel Hill, 13-6, in the semifinals. Senior Ross Whitehead was dominant with five goals and three assists. Myers Park will counter with a great ball stopper in Karl Wagner. Wagner made 14 saves in the Mustangs' 12-6 semifinal win over Grimsley.

Ridgefield Tigers (CT) vs. John Jay-Cross River Indians (NY)
With the regular season nearing the end for both teams, this is a great matchup to get primed for a strong playoff push. Defenseman Jameson Pickel has led the Indians to a 13-1 mark so far. Look for him to be matched up on either Matt Galione or Kurt Mueller, Ridgefield's leading point scorers. This should be a great game between two of the country's top programs.


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