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LaxFan from Raleigh wrote on June 13, 2017 at 12:42 am:
Head over to Highschoolot and you can vote on some of the best High School plays, teams, coach and players of the year. Lot of Lacrosse on the list.
http://contests.wral.com/2017-HSOT-Honors/
Jeff Spear from Raleigh wrote on June 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm:
Inaugural Bull City All-Star Games --- An Instant Classic!

The inaugural Bull City All-Star Games ~ Cullen Classic for Cancer were held on Saturday, June 3, in Koskinen Stadium at Duke University. The combination of beautiful weather and an exciting overtime finish to the menโ€™s all-star game made the event an instant classic.

Organized by local high school coaches and Duke Lacrosse alumni, the Bull City All-Star Games are the first all-star event to feature both womenโ€™s and menโ€™s, high school lacrosse players from across the state. The event not only provides recognition for these top players, but also serves as a dynamic way to honor the contributions Tony Cullen made to the sport of lacrosse: first as a player and a coach at Duke; then as an NCAA official. Tony impacted the trajectory of lacrosse in North Carolina for 25 years, before he lost his battle with cancer in 2002.

The inaugural charity event featured over 90 of the top seniors from 58 different high school lacrosse programs. The three games played in Dukeโ€™s Koskinen Stadium attracted over 600 players, parents, fans and organizers; and raised over $5,000 for the Duke Cancer Institute and the NCHSAA Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In the first game of the day, 36 women from 20 different high schools were split into Blue and White teams. The Blue team, coached by Patricia Alexander (Cardinal Gibbons), opened up an 8 goal lead in the first half over the White team, coached by Kaitland Brown (Northwest Guilford). The high scoring game ended 20-9 in favor of Blue.

Leading scorer for the Blue Team was Madison Dunk (Durham Academy, 4 goals /6 assists); while Kendall Goldblum (Hoggard, 5 goals / 2 assists) led the White team. Madison Dunk, who will play at Duke next year, was named the game Offensive MVP. Abbey Seagroves (Carborro) was the gameโ€™s Defensive MVP. Abbey will play at East Carolina.

In between the two all-star games, the Duke Gray Devils played a spirited intra-squad scrimmage, with blended rosters featuring both Duke Lacrosse alumni and local Triangle area post-graduate players. Most of the participating alumni played for Tony Cullen during his 9 seasons as head coach at Duke, from 1982-1990. The officials for the Gray Devil Game included Holt Anderson and Rick Wooten; who are both retired from active officiating. Like Tony, they were both instrumental in helping grow the game in North Carolina in the 1970s and 1980s. The Blue side prevailed 12-7 over Gray.

The final game of the day proved to be the most exciting, as 54 men all-stars, representing 38 different schools, took the field for the final time in their high school careers. The Blue team, coached by Evan Welchel (West Lake), took a 5-1 lead in the first quarter. But the White team, coached by Ron Mitchell (Carborro), came alive in the second quarter to pull within 1 goal at halftime. The second half of the menโ€™s game was a back-and-forth affair, played at a very high level both individually and collectively. The teams were tied 12-12 with 3:31 to play in regulation, and eventually the game headed into sudden death overtime. While both teams had numerous opportunities to win it in overtime, Jack Widman (Cedar Ridge) finally scored for the White team with 31 seconds remaining, off a nice assist by Ryan Caplis (Lake Norman). With Whiteโ€™s come-from-behind 13-12 victory in overtime, the inaugural event certainly had a โ€œclassicโ€ ending!

Leading scorer for the Blue Team was Bobby Padden (Athens Drive, 3 goals / 1 assist); while Cole Dinwiddie (Weddington, 4 goals / 1 assist) lead the White offense. Bobby Padden, who will play at Wingate next year, was named the game Offensive MVP. Scotty Crouthamel (Ravenscroft) had 13 saves for the Blue Team, and was named the Defensive MVP. Scotty will play goalie at CW Post.

The Bull City All-Star Staff would like to thank all the coaches, players, parents, officials, sponsors, Duke Lacrosse alumni and the Duke Athletic Staff, who made this inaugural event possible. The staff is already planning to make next yearโ€™s event bigger and better. The 2018 Bull City All Star Games are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 2 back in Koskinen Stadium.


Box Scores:

Womenโ€™s All Star Game: Blue โ€“ 20 / White โ€“ 9

Blue Team, GOALS: Dunk 4, Argrabright 3, Petrusa 3, Carbuccia 2, Jackson 2, New 2, Boney, Drakulic, Leithhead, Strong. ASSISTS โ€“ Dunk 6, Boney 3, Jackson, Leithhead, New

White Team; GOALS: Goldblum 5, Chung 2, Seagroves, White. ASSISTS โ€“ Goldblum 2

Offensive MVP: Madison Dunk
Defensive MVP: Abbey Seagroves

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Gray Devils Game: Blue โ€“ 12 / Gray โ€“ 7
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Menโ€™s All Star Game: White -13, Blue โ€“ 12 (OT)

White Team, GOALS: Dinwiddie 4, Holland 2, Baker, Byrd, Caplis, Frankeny, Goss, Meley Widman. ASSISTS โ€“ Byrd 2, Meley 2, Calderwood, Caplis

Blue Team, GOALS: Padden 3, Phillip 2, Baker, Brunick, Crowley, Dean, Fasanaro, Maginnes, Van Dyke. ASSISTS โ€“ Voelker 3, Maginnes 2, Fasanaro, Padden, Van Dyke

Offensive MVP: Bobby Padden
Defensive MVP: Scotty Crouthamel
wrote on June 12, 2017 at 4:34 pm:
Looks like Webb has a coaching vacancy, opening just appeared on laxpower
Anonymous from Weddington,NC wrote on June 12, 2017 at 12:57 am:
Weddington High School, the 1A-3A NCHSAA 2017 State Champions, are searching for an experienced head varsity coach. Please visit the posting here: https://www.applitrack.com/ucps/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Athletics-+High+School%2f+Middle+School+Coaches
Carolina Cannons staff wrote on June 11, 2017 at 7:45 pm:
Team 91 Announces merger with Carolina Cannons Lacrosse Club
Team 91 Lacrosse, one of the nationโ€™s premier youth and high school select club teams has announced that beginning August 2017, it will be expanding operations to North Carolina. Team 91 Directors and trainers will be bringing their extensive knowledge of the game as well as the organizational skills that have helped him build one of the most robust and detail oriented educational lacrosse camps in the country. The merge with the Carolina Cannons will take place after their summer season ends this July.

Team 91 Carolina will include all of the same aspects that make their Long Island, Maryland, Texas, California and Westchester, NY affiliates unique; an educational commitment to both field lacrosse & box lacrosse, top-tier coaching staffs, convenient facilities, access to some of the most competitive tournaments and showcases in the country and of course, the newest gear on the club circuit. Based out of Raleigh-Durham- Chapel Hill, Team 91 Carolina is open to any and all players.

"We could not be more excited to be working with Carolina Cannons Directors and Founders Chip Mayer, Chad Watson and Jon Lantzy," said Team 91 Founder Brian Spallina. He added, "The Cannons have built a reputation in North Carolina as a truly elite club. The coaching staffs that have been assembled have added tremendous credibility to the club and prepared the teams to play a national tournament schedule. With our connections to tournament operators, Team 91 Carolina should be able to balance a competitive regional schedule as well as a national showcase schedule that will challenge the players but also provide the exposure the players are most deserving of. Weโ€™ve spoken to so many North Carolina based players and coaches over the past few years and we truly think that this is going to be a game changing partnership. Considering the foundation the Cannons founders have provided, we could not be more excited."

"We have been long time friends and partners with the Team 91 organization and have admired the passion and experience that they have shared with their families. We feel this partnership will provide added training, coaching and exposure to the Cannons' players, all things our families have been asking for over the years. This is the next step in solidifying the Carolina Cannons/ Team 91 Carolina as the premiere lacrosse club in the southeast." Chad Watson- Director โ€“ Carolina Canons .

Chip Mayer Director of Cannons Coaching added, "The Carolina Cannons has a long and rich history of producing some of the best players in the south. What has set us apart is our incredible group of coaches. With the resources and experience Team 91 brings to table, we are excited to take the game to a whole new level in North Carolina by providing our coaches and players with everything they need."

One of the biggest differences going forward will be the inclusion of the Team 91 training curriculum that includes an emphasis on positional techniques, box lacrosse training and team strategy education. Opportunities will be open to all players in our club to train with our local staff as well as our national directors. Players will also be eligible for national camps and showcases through our various affiliations.

Team 91 Carolina tryouts will take place on August 5-6 and August 12-13 at Cedar Falls Park in Chapel Hill, NC
New Head Coaches next year at these schools wrote on June 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm:
In the triangle, new HCs will be at Northwood, Orange, Chapel Hill, Heritage and Northern Durham along with a new coach at the new program at Corinth Holders. Any other new job openings in the triangle out there?

Any other new schools rumored to be joining the mix statewide, public or private?
Jennifer Wolter from Hillsborough wrote on June 10, 2017 at 10:14 am:
Orange High School is looking for a new coach for the 2018 season. OHS has a great group of young men who love the game, are hungry for coaching and are ready to work. If you know someone who might be interested, please spread the word. Thanks!
919 Elite LC from Triangle wrote on June 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm:
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Anon wrote on June 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm:
Great post "Dad from Charlotte." There are unfortunately so many parents that take youth sports much too seriously and place far too much emphasis on"the next level." This goes for all sports and Lacrosse is not immune. As a coach I see this all too often and it takes a lot of the fun out of the game, for everybody. The ever growing promotion of the business of youth sports does not help... Best of luck to your boys with their chosen paths.
Dad from Charlotte wrote on June 4, 2017 at 9:06 pm:
OK. Still getting the hang of this. Haven't posted in years. So, saying farewell to high school lax after 2 boys and 8 years and many more years in club, etc. Was a great run, but with more vicarious enjoyment than I like to admit to. Parents, please love your kids for who they are and don't get too invested in their sports success. I was convinced - I mean absolutely convinced, and not without reason - that my kid was going to be "the man," and it just didn't work out that way. Live every day with your son/daughter as if it was your last, and I promise you that sports will take its rightful place in your life. God bless all, and my best wishes to all the graduating men and women - HS and college - for much happiness and success at whatever YOU choose to do. Peace.
wrote on June 4, 2017 at 12:20 am:
A, AA, AAA All State From the West:
Attack: 1st team:
Hunter Fasanaro Weddington
Mike Meley - Northern Guilford
Middle:
Alex Helms - Weddington
James Shipley - Weddington
Defense:
Jared Mabarak - Weddington
Lucas Kendall - Cuthbertson
LSM:
Aidan Lassiter - Marvin Ridge
Goalie:
Jake Meyer - Northern Guilford
NCLaxFan wrote on June 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm:
NC ALL STATE 2017 (4A) - congratulations to all!

FIRST TEAM
Attack:
Owen Caputo - Middle Creek
Van Parker - Broughton
Sean Goldsmith - NW Guilford
Mitchell Cody - Lake Norman

Midfield:
Preston Lalicker - Apex
Charles Van Dyke - Cardinal Gibbons
Ryan Caplis - Lake Norman
Matthew Powell - Mt. Tabor
Peter Chase (FOGO) - Ardrey Kell
Tyler Thompson (FOGO) - Jordan

Defense:
Sean Nelson - Cardinal Gibbons
Alex Stock - Cardinal Gibbons
Fleet Wilson - Reynolds
Jack Peatross - Reynolds
Michael Horgan - Charlotte Catholic
Noah Steiner (LSM) - Hough
Chris Wozencroft (LSM) - Cardinal Gibbons

Goalie
Conor Ryan - Green Hope
Ricky Bokavich - Lake Norman


SECOND TEAM
Attack:
Gunner Philip - Hoggard
Aidan Callahan - Green Hope
Lex Voelker - Ardrey Kell
Brad Thompson - Charlotte Catholic

Midfield:
Jake Caputo - Middle Creek
Donovan Jones - Hoggard
Ian Baker - Charlotte Catholic
Seth Byrd - NW Guilford
Devin McIntosh (FOGO) - East Forsyth
Trevor Kirsch (FOGO) - Cardinal Gibbons

Defense:
Jack Biestek - Cardinal Gibbons
Keegan Santos - New Hanover
James Brugger - Lake Norman
Payton Leonard - NW Guilford
Landon Clary - NE Guilford
AJ King (LSM) - Middle Creek

Goalie:
Bill Osteen - Page
Patrick Sasser - Apex


THIRD TEAM
Attack:
Luke Frankeny - Hoggard
Bobby Padden - Athens Drive
Austin Abourjilie - NW Guilford
Jon Berry - Mooresville

Midfield:
Charlie Doetzer - Middle Creek
Will Domville - Cardinal Gibbons
Carter Watkins - Ardrey Kell
Matt Elder - Lake Norman
James Kotkamo (FOGO) - Mooresville
John Bennett (FOGO) - Hoggard

Defense:
Alex Lucius - Holly Springs
Alex Baker - Apex
Jack Deluca - Myers Park
Brendan Flynn - Ardrey Kell
Wesley Bates (LSM) - Ardrey Kell
Thomas Farlow (LSM) - Holly Springs

Goalie:
Bailey Gunter - Mt. Tabor
Blake Glenn - Heritage


HONORABLE MENTION
Attack:
Jack Larkin - Green Hope
Jared Medwar - Middle Creek
Jack Maginnes - Page
Blake Whiteheart - Mt. Tabor
Matt Bohmer - Charlotte Catholic

Midfield:
Connor Pirrung - Wakefield
Gordon Guest - Broughton
Dimaggio Wilson - Reynolds
Parker Byrd - NW Guilford
Gavin Santizo - Charlotte Catholic
Graham Schwartz (FOGO) - Middle Creek
Gabriel Hollingsworth (FOGO) - Reagan

Defense:
Carter Lux - Green Hope
Caleb Ferguson - Holly Springs
Matt Ferner - Page
Trey Gettner - Hough
Michael Manaro (LSM) - Heritage

Goalie:
Peyton Whisnant - Laney
Jim Thorton wrote on June 2, 2017 at 4:18 am:
Yes, many of the private school teams have failed to be mentioned for all-time great NC teams. Country Day won the title from 2008-2011 and Charlotte Latin took over from 2012-2015. That one Latin class was completely stacked from their freshmen years to their senior year class, it was primarily the reason for their success.
It's official, NCHSAA lacrosse is in Johnston Co. wrote on June 2, 2017 at 12:56 am:
Corinth Holders HS, near Wendell but in Johnston Co., will field lacrosse in 2018. Will Knightdale be the only team in that conference next year to not play lacrosse?

Am also hearing rumblings of 1-2 more HSs in the Fayetteville area adding lacrosse. And Union Pines supposedly is adding both boys' and girls' lacrosse, already have coaches in line.
Giving back.... wrote on June 2, 2017 at 12:34 am:
Giving back to the game is a great way to honor the game of lacrosse and this weekend looks like the triangle community is doing just that. At UNC the King of the Hill event is raising money for the Breschi Scholarship Fund and at Duke, the all-star games are set to raise money for the Tony Cullen Scholarship Fund as well as for cancer research at Duke. And the King of Spring games in March raised over $35,000 for cancer research as well.

It makes me proud to be associated with this game and with the people who are trying to give back to their communities in honor of this game.

Let's support these two great events this weekend.
Diane Florio from wake forest wrote on May 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm:
We look forward to seeing all the teams at this weekend's Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill to raise money for the Breschi Scholarship Fund. Just For Lax Moms is pleased to be a vendor and helping this wonderful cause. We will be offering our apparel and contributing a portion of proceeds to the fund. We will also be raffling off several lacrosse related items & gear provided by our awesome vendor partners! 100% of raffle proceeds will go to the fund!
Come on out, bring cash and enjoy a great day of lacrosse! Thanks, Diane Florio
Jeff Spear from Raleigh, NC wrote on May 30, 2017 at 1:43 pm:
Game Day is Almost Here โ€“ The Inaugural โ€œBull City All-Star Games~Cullen Classic for Cancerโ€

After receiving over 206 nominations from 93 high school coaches, the โ€œBlue Teamโ€ & โ€œWhite Teamโ€ rosters for both the Menโ€™s and Womenโ€™s Bull City All-Star Games are all set!

Ninety of the top, male and female, high-school, senior lacrosse players from across North Carolina will meet in the โ€œCullen Classic for Cancerโ€ on Saturday, June 3rd in Koskinen Stadium at Duke University.

Players from 47 different public & private high school programs will be represented.

Our mission to help โ€œgrow the gameโ€ across North Carolina, and to provide a dynamic way to honor Tony Cullen, is finally coming to fruition.

Please come out and support your favorite all-star players and help us raise funds for the NCHSAA Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Duke Cancer Institute.

Game Day Schedule:

12:00pm โ€“ Gates Open

1:00pm โ€“ Faceoff โ€“ Womenโ€™s All-Stars Game

1:30pm โ€“ Halftime โ€“ Presentation to Duke Cancer Institute

3:15 pm โ€“ Faceoff - Gray Devils Game

5:15pm โ€“ Faceoff โ€“ Menโ€™s All-Star Game

5:45pm โ€“ Halftime โ€“ Presentation to the NCHSAA Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship

For full game day details, to include rosters, tickets and parking, please visit: www.bullcityallstarlax.com

And follow-us on Twitter & Instagram: @bullcityallstar

Getting a great crowd on game day is critical to our success, and will help us raise funds for the NCHSAA Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Duke Cancer Institute!

Thank you for your support,
The Bull City All-Star Staff
Best teams in state history... from Clt wrote on May 28, 2017 at 12:08 am:
We'll never get to one answer to this question, but we will end up with a big list of great teams. This list wouldn't be complete without including the 2013 Providence Day (Charlotte) team. This team was loaded with great talent. The private schools don't seem to be mentioned much.
Congrats wrote on May 26, 2017 at 11:56 pm:
Congrats to the middle creek coach. He's done a great job with their program and he's done a lot of good things for lacrosse in our community. I was happy to see him go all the way with his team.
wrote on May 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm:
Will they release the All state and all region anytime?
NCLaxFan wrote on May 25, 2017 at 5:19 pm:
ALL STATE selections from Green Hope - congratulations!

FIRST TEAM
Conor Ryan (sr) - goalie (200 saves, 58%)

SECOND TEAM
Aidan Callahan (jr) - attack (68 goals, 100 pts)

HONORABLE MENTION
Jack Larkin (jr) - attack (62 goals, 88 pts)
Carter Lux (sr) - defense
wrote on May 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm:
I'm sure others, such as Jim Kirkley or Duke Whelan could offer a more complete answer, but as I recall the NCHSAA sanctioned lacrosse in 2008 and the first season of competition was in 2010. Prior to that the sport was governed by the North Carolina High School Lacrosse Association, which was established by a number of coaches who recognized that the sport was going to do nothing but grow in NC and that sanctioning was inevitable. The group established bylaws that, to the greatest degree possible, mirrored the rules the NCHSAA used for sanctioned sports with that in mind. I suppose you could call high school lacrosse in NC a "club" sport prior to sanctioning, but the work done by the NCHSLA certainlt elevated the sport to a significantly higher level.
Point of View Response wrote on May 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm:
The sport has grown tremendously since Lax became a NCHSAA sanctioned sport. LaxPower shows that there were 48 teams in 2007, 77 teams in 2012, and just over 100 this year. Although the Usual Suspects such Catholic, LN, Gibbons, Chapel Hill, Apex & NWG are top contenders these teams no longer rule the state which was demonstrated this year by Middle Creek & Weddington. Other programs such Broughton, Heritage, Green Hope, Myers Park, & Ardrey Kell, Hoggard are also starting to make their mark. Travel & Youth programs are increasing the Lax IQ across the state and we're starting to see more kids get attention from the major D1 programs.
Point of View from CARY wrote on May 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm:
When did lax transition from club non official to sanctioned NCHSAA?
How has the sport grown in number of teams playing? Is the pond of talented teams bigger now than before lax was an official sport?
Heritage High School Varsity Coaching Job wrote on May 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm:
Hi triangle lacrosse community,

My name is Cameron Ferguson, I am the former head coach at Heritage High School, and I am here to announce what I believe will most likely be the hottest coaching opening in the state this year.

I have stepped away from coaching for personal reasons and would love to see a high quality coach take over for me at the helm of this program.

Heritage is a decently new school and lacrosse program (school is in it's 7th year) and is just now hitting it's stride. Two years ago the team was 4-10, 9-9 last year, and this year went 10-6 for 3rd place in the competitive Cap-8 conference. This team is full of great returning players, including:

-Two first team all-conference sophomores.
-Three second team all-conference (two sophomores, 1 junior)
-Two honorable mention (one junior, one sophomore)

This team also includes Keelan Seneca, who is committed to Albany University and racked up 71 points in 16 games this year as a sophomore. Mark my words this kid will be one of the best players to ever have played in North Carolina when he graduates.

The school is great, the Athletic Director is very supportive, the parents are great, and the whole community is just an awesome one to be a part of.

I really hope someone good will take over, and so if you are interested please contact AD Pat Kennedy at pkennedy@wcpss.net.

And if you have any more questions about the program please don't hesitate to contact me either at cferguson2@wcpss.net.

Thanks!