Girls' Lacrosse Weekend Preview - March 4-5

From Georgia to Texas, possible state championship previews abound this week in girls' high school lacrosse.

In one of the nation's top match-ups, Milton battles Lassiter on Friday in a rematch of the 2010 Georgia High School Association AAAAA state title game. While the Eagles took the title with a 14-4 victory last year, the team now faces a hungry Lassiter squad that's reloaded and looking for redemption. Last season's state tournament run was no fluke for the Trojans, however. Lassiter also reached the semifinals in 2008 and 2009 and returns talented attackers Spencer Hanson and Hayley Schneider plus versatile midfielder Johnna Fusco to an already stacked lineup.

Meanwhile, Milton has won five of the last six state championships and will certainly not be overlooked. The Eagles return eight starters, including D-I recruits Heather Harman and Amanda Lockwood. Lassiter appears to have closed the gap a bit this season, so expect a closer affair on Friday in Marietta.

Turning to Florida action, the date was February 16, 2007 when an in-state team last beat Vero Beach. On Friday night, Winter Springs (2-1) will give Vero Beach (4-0) all that it can handle in a repeat of one of last season's state semifinal contests.

While Winter Springs boasts a veteran lineup, Vero Beach features a roster with six All-Area selections, including Virginia recruit Courtney Swan. The Fighting Indians are already off to a flying start with four dominating wins, each by 15 goals or more. On the other side, Winter Springs will look for major production from Kenna Wick at attack and Amanda Guthrie on defense.

It's a rematch of the 2010 Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state semifinals on Friday when Hockaday (3-0) takes on St. John's (2-0). The perennial powers are certainly no strangers having faced off every season since 2006.

Hockaday won the state title over St. John's in both 2008 and 2009 before St. John's got payback in last year's state semifinals by the score of 9-8. St. John's went on to win the state title thanks to a 12-6 victory over Cy-Fair, the team's seventh overall state championship and first since 2007. The Mavericks have either won a state championship or a Southwest Preparatory Conference title every year since 2004.

Finally, in North Carolina action, two of the state's most formidable teams go head-to-head on Saturday as Charlotte Catholic battles Apex to open the season. Apex was the three-time defending state champion before being ousted by Wilmington Hoggard in the second round of the 2010 state tournament, the inaugural tournament sponsored by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

While the Cougars look to get back to their winning ways against Charlotte Catholic, they will likely have a most daunting challenge. Charlotte Catholic won the 2010 title with a victory over Hoggard. With Presbyterian recruit Jena Ready leading the way, Charlotte should be a title contender once again in 2011.



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

2011-03-04



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