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Mr. Lax wrote on March 27, 2017 at 1:26 pm:
Week 5 rankings

1.Gibbons
2.Middle Creek
3.Broughton
4.Hoggard
5.Green Hope
6.Apex
7.Leesville Road
8.Wakefield
9.Jordan
10.Holly Springs

a much better week for me this week as I went 11-12

Here are my predictions for this week, its not a great week of games


Tuesday:
UPSET Pick: going out on a limb here and saying Athens upsets Apex by 1+ goals
Broughton over Millbrook by 5+

Thursday:
Jordan over Riverside by 8+
GAME OF THE WEEK: Broughton over Leesville by 1+
NCLaxFan from Cary wrote on March 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm:
No huge matchups in the SWAC this week, but Green Hope goes to rival Holly Springs on Tuesday. HS has been inconsistent, but historically they improve in the second half of the season. It should be an intense, physical game, similar to the season opener (GH 9-6 win). GH took down Athens Drive 12-4 on Friday with strong D and crisp passing; Athens couldn't take advantage of early faceoff wins. Apex looks to rebound against Athens Drive after big loss to Middle Creek.
MC vs Apex wrote on March 26, 2017 at 12:30 am:
16-7 Win for the Mustangs- who never trailed, but were in a tight battle throughout the first half. Here's some notes

Apex was very physical on D-went man down a couple times, but only let up 1-2 out of around 6 opportunities. This led to a relatively sloppy game for 2 talented teams. Eventually, Middle Creek's patience on offense, matched with their depth, allowed them to let it rain offensively. They go 9-10 midfielders deep and they even have 1 or 2 backup attackmen who can run their offense. This team was always fresh, whereas apex eventually got worn down.

Key Players:
MC #14 and #5- #5 shut down Apex #6 the whole night and was the leader of the Defense and #14 is a 2 way LSM who is both a speedy fast break initiator and a strong 1v1 defender

Apex #20 and #13- Apex initiated their offense through #20 (who was guarded by MC#14). The coaching staff did a good job using #13 (who was tightly guarded) to create some 2 man games.

MC #22- A couple things stood out. 1) His dodging ability + Agility= kind of like a Lacrosse playing Johnny Manziel. Very hard to keep up with 2) Polished player, i think he's a righty but his left hand is elite. Can both feed and score with ease
Lax wrote on March 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm:
Marvin gave weddington all they had Marvin left it all out there still came up short but good game. Weddington didn't seem to find their groove offensively as they couldn't put more in back of the net. Final score weddington 11 Marvin 8.
Duperian from Raleigh wrote on March 24, 2017 at 4:13 pm:
A quick note to acknowledge Coach Jen Duncan and the Broughton Lady Caps for their complete 19-7 win over cross-town rival Wakefield last Thursday evening.

For outsiders, over the last five years, Wakefield girls own an 8-4 record over Broughton's girls lacrosse, yet half of those 12 games have been decided by 1 goal--some quite controversial, including last year's east semifinal playoff game.

While Wakefield remains a prominent girl's lacrosse program in the east, there was clear separation last evening.
wrote on March 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm:
Would love to hear from youth lacrosse parents about what you like about your travel program. Is it true that some coaches don't want "their" travel players playing in certain rec or box programs? Do parents notice what age their own kids are vs what bracket they are playing in at tournaments? I've seen local triangle teams of the same age group playing in the same tournament, separated by two age brackets? How does your travel team determine which tournaments to play in? How does your travel program represent itself? I see programs touting how many championships they win, combining 3-4 different team names. What's that all about? I'm not a travel coach, nor do I run a travel program, I'm just saying you can really see big differences in the programs and what seems to be important to them. You have something for everyone. Any opinions of having dads as coaches? How does your coach react when your athlete wants to tryout or play somewhere else? Do they want what's best for the athlete, or the program? How much parental influence do you see shaping your team? Are kids playing "up" at the expense of your team? Does your coach "get along" with others in the area? Let's hear it, what's good and what would you like to see improved? There certainly are lots of choices in the triangle. Is there a "best" program? What factors determine "best" for you?
If it is wins, what tournaments are they going to? What age group/division? If it's recruiting, I've noticed some programs don't even post things like that. Some take credit for it. Lots to chat about.
Richard from Raleigh wrote on March 23, 2017 at 6:11 pm:
MC is very talented across the board and have a lot of weapons. They move the ball well and have numerous players scoring. They jumped out on GH from the start and never let up. One thing about their coach too. He plays a lot of kids... Even in tighter situations such as the Athens Drive game when it was 4-2 early, his 3rd line Midis were in the rotation. He is creating depth and building experience. Apex players and coaching staff were at the GH game. The Apex coach is one of the best and will through everything he has at MC. Should be a fun game!!
Vince wrote on March 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm:
GHvMC:

Middle Creek was able to jump out to a 7-0 lead. They controlled the face off X and essentially played make it take it the majority of the first Quarter (which ended up being 8-1). On top of this, they worked the ball around many times and found the best shot. Those who have seen MC play before were probably aware of the pace of play they usually play at (very uptempo) but in this game, they managed their time efficiently, worked the ball around, and eventually drew the double team, and picked GH apart from there. Of the few possessions GH got in Q1, it looked as if they were rattled and tried to take the first open shot instead of the best possible shot (i.e: shots from just inside the restraining box vs say, crease feeds).

I'd expect the next time these teams meet to be closer than a 14 point blowout, but It would take an implosion for Middle Creek to lose that game. In fact, I think the only thing that will beat middle creek between now and the playoffs is themselves. They are very experienced and have depth on offense combined with a defense that is both physical and fundamentally sound.

They play another Conference 3 playoff team in Apex on friday, which is a great matchup. In the past, Apex has been able to best middle creek by controlling tempo and by being the tougher team, winning the majority of GB and Faceoff battles. 1 more note: according to lax power, MC has never won @ apex.
D from Raleigh wrote on March 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm:
Can someone give a summary of the Middle Creek v. Green Hope game? I know MC was favored but I expected a closer score than 19-5.
NCLaxFan from Cary wrote on March 23, 2017 at 12:34 pm:
Middle Creek 19-Green Hope 5. The blowout was unexpected, but not a total surprise. When MC wins faceoffs consistently, their Off is nearly unstoppable. They repeatedly beat GH's slides with precise passing leading to open shots near the crease. GH's inexperience was exposed, as they got rattled early and never recovered. MC's defense is improving, and they will seriously challenge Gibbons and Hoggard for supremacy in the East. Friday's game between MC and Apex will be another good barometer.
Reply too CLT wrote on March 23, 2017 at 2:22 am:
Best teams

3A- Weddington
4A- North West, Gibbons and LKN

Players to watch

3A- Cam Renner (Furman)
Alex Helms (UNC)
Austin Leonard (Furman)
James Shipley (Penn)
Cole Dinwiddie (Roanoke)
Hunter Fasanaro (Quinnipiac)
Zack Kenley

4A
Owen caputo (Duke)
Matt Elder (Hofstra)
Sean Goldsmith
Brad Thompson
Matt Bohmer (Saint Joes)
Jack Fletcher (Gettysburg)
lax bro wrote on March 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm:
Weddington and Marvin friday dont see marvin stopping weddington but we will see
Jeff Spear wrote on March 22, 2017 at 3:27 am:
And programs/coaches with team Twitter accounts

Please follow us on Twitter: @bullcityallstar

We will post many updates as the event draws closer and we continue to grow sponsors

We're hoping to have a great turnout for all the games on Sat, Jun 3 in Koskinen!!
Jeff Spear wrote on March 22, 2017 at 3:22 am:
Correct - our all-star games are only open to seniors

These are state-wide all-star games that just so happen to be played in Durham

We are seeking the Top 50 senior women and Top 50 senior men

Blue vs White, 25 per team in each game

Coaches - we greatly appreciate your nominations & support

Grow the Game!!
CLT from Charlotte wrote on March 22, 2017 at 2:49 am:
So, a month into the season. Let's get your thoughts on a couple things. First, who are the teams to beat? Looks like Weddington and Ardrey Kell so far in the West, followed by Catholic, Marvin Ridge and Lake Norman. Not sure how good these teams really are, but we will have an opportunity to see as the season progresses. Looks like there will be plenty of common opponents to compare to. NWG might be the best 4A from the West.
Who are the top players? When I check stats I can see who the top scorers etc are, but that doesn't always mean the best players.
Let's get your thoughts.
EG wrote on March 22, 2017 at 1:55 am:
NCHSAA rules prohibit anyone with remaining eligibility (ie Juniors) from participating in events like Bull City Allstars.

Good on the growth of the game that Bull City has added an All Star showcase for this half of the state to compliment Great 38 (44?)!!
Bull City Link correction wrote on March 22, 2017 at 1:12 am:
The link below in the post by Jeff Spears doesn'twork, www.bullcitylaxallstar.com but I figured it out, the link should read www.bullcityallstarlax.com
from Charlotte wrote on March 21, 2017 at 7:14 pm:
After a bit of a lay-off, Weddington is back in action this week. First against Porter Ridge, which will not show us anything, but Friday against Marvin Ridge. Let's find out if the Warriors early season dominance was just a team with more talent beating others early, or if they have some staying power and have gotten better. We should know more after Friday's game, as MR has been playing pretty well lately.
Reply To Jeff Spear wrote on March 20, 2017 at 3:05 pm:
Will this only be a senior event ? because there is something like this called the Great 44 hosted at Charlotte with only seniors. You should try and include juniors and seniors
Jeff Spear from Raleigh wrote on March 20, 2017 at 1:55 pm:
Correction on entry below for Bull City All-Star Game links. (We had a few words transposed)

To learn more about the event please visit:

www.bullcityallstarlax.com

To learn more about the event beneficiaries please visit:

www.bullcityallstarlax.com/beneficiaries

Please follow us on Twitter: @bullcityallstar

Thanks.
Mr. Lax wrote on March 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm:
Mr. Lax Week 4

Hello everyone. A couple of notes to people who have had questions. First, when I am saying my predictions. I base it entirely on who I think will win the game, thats all. So if I say Team A beats Team B by 1-3 goals, and they win by 11. I am still right. The scoring prediction is just the range of how many goals I think they will win by. Also, I will continue to only do 4A East predictions. As I lack knowledge about the Western part of the State. With that being said, I expect Wedding to run through the rest of the State, and win the 3A state championship with ease. As well as I expect NorthWest Guilford to lose to Cardinal Gibbons in the 4A State Championship. That is about my knowledge of the Western part of the state.

I would also love to have somebody step up and challenge me to my weekly game picks. Providing insight on what teams would win games and why.

Week 4 Rankings

1. Gibbons
2. Middle Creek
3. Green Hope (jumped Hoggard because of quality wins)
4. Hoggard (close behind GH)
5. Broughton
6. Apex
7. Leesville Road
8. Wakefield
9. Athens Drive
10. Jordan

*I still think Holly Springs is a very dangerous team, and that they have not found their stride yet.

Very tough week for me last week as I got only 5 out of 8 picks.

Tuesday:
Gibbons beats East Chapel Hill by 10+ goals
Athens over Friendship by 5+ goals
Leesville Road over Wakefield by 3+ goals

GAME OF THE WEEK: Middle Creek over Green Hope by 5+

Millbrook over Sanderson by 6+

Wednesday:
Athens over Jordan by 3+

Thursday:
3A GAME OF THE WEEK: Orange beats Cedar Ridge for the first time program history by 1+ goals

Friday:
Middle Creek over Apex by 5+
Broughton over Wakefield by 3+
Green Hope over Athens by 2+
Leesville Road over Millbrook by 5+
Gibbons over Hoggard by 6+
Jeff Spear from Raleigh wrote on March 19, 2017 at 11:48 pm:
Bull City All-Star Game ~ Cullen Classic for Cancer

Triangle to Host State-wide High School Lacrosse All-Star Games

An idea thatโ€™s been in development for over 2 years is finally coming to fruition. The first, annual โ€œBull City All-Star Game ~ Cullen Classic for Cancerโ€ will be held on Saturday, June 3 in Koskinen Stadium at Duke University.

The event, organized by high school coaches from across the state and a group of Duke lacrosse alumni, will feature three games. Gates will open at 12:00pm, and the all-star action will last until 7pm.

The first game will be the womenโ€™s all-star game, featuring the top 50 seniors from across the state.
The second game will be an intra-squad matchup by the Duke โ€œGray Devilsโ€ โ€“ an adult club team, which will attract various Blue Devil alumni from across the country. The third game of the day will showcase the top 50 male seniors, and serve as the culmination of the high lacrosse season in North Carolina.

With over 6,000 high school lacrosse players on 141 menโ€™s teams and 94 womenโ€™s teams, the event will serve as an excellent opportunity to increase recognition for the top players in our state, and thereby, help โ€œgrow the gameโ€.

Holding such a profile event in iconic Koskinen Stadium will increase the positive impact the sport of lacrosse has on the Triangle.

This event will also create a dynamic way to honor the contributions that Tony Cullen made as a player, a coach and a referee.

All event proceeds will go to the NCHSAA Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Duke Cancer Institute.

To learn more about the event please visit: www.bullcitylaxallstar.com and follow us on Twitter: @bullcityallstar

Coaches can begin nominating their top senior players now, via the event website. Nominations should be submitted no later than Friday, Apr 28. Players will be notified of their selection on May 1.

To learn more about the event beneficiaries please visit: www.bullcityallstar.com/beneficiaries

Questions regarding the event may be directed to Jeff Spear (Co-Director / jeffspear@nc.rr.com ) and Chandler Zirkle (Operations Manager / zirklecn@guilford.edu )

As a brand new sports event in the Triangle, we are still actively seeking corporate sponsors. We greatly appreciate the support of all lacrosse coaches, players and families in making this event a success!
Lax NAtion wrote on March 19, 2017 at 7:53 pm:
Weddington vs AK later in season what are thoughts I dont think weddington can be beat with their high powered offense. Scoring 14 goals a game including 11 against North West and 14 versus Myers Park.. They will cruise through 3A playoffs but they do have a big contest against Marvin Ridge Friday who took them out last year. I don't see a problem with weddington this year.
Larry from Apex wrote on March 19, 2017 at 4:32 am:
Has anyone heard of a coach not playing a goalie