High School Lacrosse Recap For March 1st

Impressive early-season wins for Lake Highland Prep, The Woodlands

It didn't take long, but Lake Highland Prep (FL) has already emerged as a title contender in Florida boys' lacrosse after a pair of impressive wins to kickstart the 2011 campaign.

On Friday, the Highlanders (3-0) dispatched a strong Ponte Vedra team, 10-3, behind a shutdown defense and balanced scoring attack. Princeton recruit Will Rotatori led the charge for Lake Highland with a game-high four goals.

For their encore, the Highlanders edged Bolles, 9-8, in a back-and-forth affair on Saturday. Despite facing a slim halftime deficit, the Highlanders made a second-half surge to take a 9-6 lead late in the game before holding on for the win. Ponte Vedra and Bolles finished No. 2 and No. 6, respectively, in the final 2010 LaxPower Florida rankings and once again field deep rosters in '11.

Perhaps Lake Highland's toughest regular season test comes on Friday when the team takes on rival and defending state champion Saint Andrew's . Thanks to a multitude of close games over the years, the Highlanders have developed quite a rivalry with the Scots, and the trend looks to continue this weekend. Saint Andrew's also defeated Lake Highland in last season's state championship game, 14-8.

Meanwhile in Texas action, The Woodlands raised many eyebrows with wins against Westlake and defending state champion Highland Park to commence the season. Buoyed by a six-goal first quarter, the Highlanders (4-0) upended Highland Park in impressive fashion on Friday, 8-5. Ben Lipscomb led the way with four goals and Ian Seale added three assists for the Highlanders. On Sunday, the Highlanders followed up with a solid 8-3 victory over a previously undefeated Westlake team. The Chapparals had been riding high off of a 10-8 win over Episcopal Houston (4-1).

Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Austin improved to 4-0 overall with a thrilling 9-8 OT victory over Episcopal Dallas on Saturday. The win marked the first time in history that a Central Division squad has ever defeated the Texas lacrosse power, a three-time state champion. The Maroons jumped out to a three-goal lead at halftime before the Eagles clawed their way back into it. Freshman attack Casey Schwertfeger tallied the game-winner with two minutes left in the extra session.

Finally, in girls' lacrosse action, Lake Highland Prep (1-1) tripped up Winter Springs, 12-11, on Friday in a battle between two of Florida's upper-echelon teams. The Highlanders used a balanced scoring attack and some terrific late-game defense to seal the victory. Kellie Mitchell led the way with two goals and two assists for Lake Highland while Taylor Thomas forced a clutch turnover in the final seconds.

To contact staff writer Adam Warner, send an e-mail to adam@laxpower.com.


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