Memphis University School Wins TN Boys' Title

Behind a dominating, senior-laden defense and efficient offense that found the back of the net during clutch situations, the Memphis University School boys' lacrosse team won the 2011 Tennessee Scholastic Lacrosse Association Championship with a 6-3 victory over rival Montgomery Bell Academy on Saturday.

The win which was the third overall by Memphis University School against Montgomery Bell this season also marked the program's first championship since '08.

Goalie Rob Dickinson led the charge for the Owls (14-2) with 10 saves and was named Finals MVP. All the while, senior defenders Russell Scott, Henry Dickinson and Blake Hennessy were at the top of their game and held a typically dynamic Montgomery Bell attack in check.

Junior James David Duke scored two goals in the first quarter as Memphis University School opened up a 3-0 advantage heading into the second period. As expected, the Big Red (12-5) battled back and cut their deficit to 3-2 thanks to goals by Clay Adams and Gray Curtis. However, the Owls registered a key score with 18 seconds left in the half as junior Scott Freeburg found the back of the net to make it 4-2 at intermission.

Both teams traded goals in the third before the MUS defense went into lockdown mode. Peyton Klawinski put the game out of reach by scoring with 30 seconds left in regulation. The goal marked the third score of the game the Owls had tallied in the last minute of a period.

In semifinal action on Friday, Montgomery Bell held off a late comeback attempt by Brentwood to post a 10-9 win and earn a trip to the '11 title game. The Big Red claimed a 9-6 edge with about eight minutes left in regulation before Brentwood stormed back to cut their deficit to one goal with just a few minutes remaining. However, Montgomery Bell held on in the waning moments and Clay Adams notched the game-winner late in the fourth. Adams and teammate Connor Pagnani each scored four goals in the win. Brentwood midfielder Sam Wyatt scored a game-high five goals.

Also on Friday, Memphis University School downed two-time defending champ McCallie, 7-4, to reach the championship contest on Saturday. The result marked the fifth consecutive year that the Owls have reached the state finals and the first time since '07 that McCallie hasn't made it to the championship.

Pope John Paul II Wins Division II Boys' Championship

In Division II action, Pope John Paul II won its second title in boys' lacrosse this weekend after downing Knoxville-Webb, 8-4. Evan Leonard was named Finals MVP after tallying four goals. Evan's brother Aidan entered the championship as the team's leading scorer but was ruled out due to a concussion sustained on Friday.

Pope John Paul II led 3-2 early in the second quarter before the team reeled off four-straight goals to open a five-score advantage en route to the championship victory.

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