High School Lacrosse Insider for April 13

In this week's edition of The Insider, get the latest updates on the South Carolina lacrosse playoffs and the one squad that's looking for its third consecutive postseason upset. Plus, find out which coaching legend in Colorado recently called it a career after an unprecedented run at the boys' level.

South Carolina Class AAAA Playoff Update

Believe it or not, the lacrosse season is nearly complete in South Carolina as the Class AAAA playoffs are now entering the semifinal round.

On the boys' side today, No. 1 Greenville (12-4) takes on No. 2 Riverside (13-2) in the upper state bracket. Greenville cruised to the semifinals after posting sizeable wins over Woodmont and Mauldin, while Riverside dispatched both Hillcrest and J.L. Mann in impressive fashion. The two perennial powers have met in each of the last two state semifinals, with Greenville winning both by the score of 10-8 en route to a state title. The defending champs will look to senior Adam Lorenzen and a potent defense to set the tone. Aside from a loss to Virginia power Robinson on March 26, the Red Raiders have allowed just 13 goals in their last eight games.

As for the lower state bracket, it's No. 1 Fort Mill (13-2) taking on No. 3 Wando (11-1) on Wednesday night. While Fort Mill had no trouble dispatching Spring Valley and Academic Magnet in the opening rounds, Wando toppled No. 2 Hilton Head, 7-6, on Monday in an exciting second round battle. Wando's defense has been a key factor during the team's current nine-game winning streak. The Warriors have held opponents to six goals or less throughout their streak and also limited a high-powered Hilton Head squad to just two scores in the second half on Monday.

Meanwhile on the girls' side, No. 1 Riverside (12-2) faces No. 6 Mauldin in a highly anticipated upper state bracket semifinal on Wednesday. Riverside has scored 38 goals in two playoff games so far and will look for more fireworks against a hungry Mauldin squad. On the other side, the Mavericks have aspirations of another upset after downing No. 3 Greenville, 14-12, on April 6 and No. 2 J.L. Mann Academy, 20-19, on Monday.

The lower state bracket features an intriguing match-up between defending state champ and No. 1 seed Blythewood (12-0) and No. 2 Wando (12-2). Blythewood has crushed the competition in the early going while putting 40 goals on the board. On the other hand, Wando has also looked impressive in the stretch run, posting victories over Bishop England and Fort Mill en route to the semifinal round. Keep in mind, Blythewood has won its last seven meetings against Wando, including a 13-12, 2-OT thriller in last year's semifinal round.

The state championships are slated for Saturday at White Knoll High School starting at 12:00 PM.

Denver East Boys' Coach Jon Barocas Calls It a Career

Denver East High School (CO) head coach Jon Barocas officially announced his retirement this week after more than 33 years at the helm.

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