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SFLC Eagles from Wake Forest wrote on December 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm:
Registration is now open for youth lacrosse with SFLC. We are hoping to have a great spring. When you register you will be the first ones to here about our next announcement. Register today at sflacrosseclub.org
US Lacrosse NC wrote on December 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm:
Now Accepting Hall of Fame Nominations

The North Carolina Lacrosse Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the Class of 2018 through December 31, 2017. Anyone may nominate deserving players, coaches, officials or contributors.

The 2018 North Carolina Lacrosse Hall of Fame Induction (hosted by the Eastern and Western Chapters of US Lacrosse) will be held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Submit a Nomination
North Carolina Lacrosse Hall of Fame wrote on December 8, 2017 at 3:58 am:
Know a Potential Hall of Famer?

The NC Chapters (Eastern & Western) are accepting nominations for
deserving individuals/teams to be enshrined in the
North Carolina Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Do you know someone in the lacrosse community who practices positive sportsmanship on and off the field? Who has positive relations with peers, opponents, subordinates and supervisors within the game? Who excels at service within lacrosse development initiatives and service and honors within civic, community and military community? Nominate them for this year's NC Chapter Hall of Fame!

The NC Chapter is accepting nominations now until December 31, 2017.

Candidates must have demonstrated a wide vision of lacrosse that extends beyond an individual program or league or level, including touch points with multiple levels of play (ex. youth and HS) as well as multiple modalities of the sport (coaches, players, officials and parents/fans)

If you know a person or team who meets these criteria, consider nominating them today. The qualification form is available online through our website at http://www.uslacrossechapters.org/northcarolina/HallofFame/NominationForm.aspx. The qualification form can be completed online and emailed to or mailed to The North Carolina Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Nomination Submission Committee at PO Box 2254, Jamestown, NC. 27282. Forms are due by December 31, 2017; qualification forms received after that date will be considered for the next Hall of Fame class.

For more information about the nomination process, the timeline, and preferred candidate qualifications, visit the Nomination Form page of the NC Chapter website at http://www.uslacrossechapters.org/northcarolina/HallofFame/NominationForm.aspx.


If you have questions about Hall of Fame nominations, please email NCHOFLacrosse2018@gmail.com
Caleb Terry from Camden, NJ wrote on December 4, 2017 at 1:13 am:
Camden Catholic HS is going to be in the Triangle area the weekend of April 13th and is looking for a game on Saturday April 14th. If interested contact Caleb Terry at caleb.terry@camdencatholic.org.
Lax god wrote on December 3, 2017 at 8:32 pm:
No way cedar ridge sees 3A finals East Chapel Hill is my prediction cedar ridge lost too many players and East is a very talented squad in the 3A bracket East
Coach McDaniel from Pittsboro wrote on December 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm:
Northwood High School in Pittsboro, NC is looking for a few more JV/Varsity games this season. Email Coach McDaniel if you would like to try and fit a game in.
ktmcd@chatham.k12.nc.us.

We also have three open JV dates during our Varsity only home games. If any JV would like to travel and fill those dates let me know (3/6, 3/19, 3/29)

Good Luck to everyone this upcoming season.
Shootout for Soldiers from Raleigh/Durham wrote on November 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm:
NC Lacrosse Teams of all ages, we are once again trying to bring Shootout for Soldiers to NC.

If are selected we would try hosting at Duke as one of the charities they support was started because of a Duke Alumni killed in Iraq.

We will need the support of the triangle and NC to make this event a huge success. This is a charity event that raises money for military veterans.

If you have questions feel free to email me at Michael.john.smith125@gmail.com for more information and if selected you would want to be part of the committee.

I am hoping that this will be our year and we can make this a huge success.
JF Webb Lacrosse from Oxford wrote on November 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm:
JF Webb is currently looking to add 2 more games to the upcoming lacrosse season.
Following dates are available:
2/28/18 = Would need to be an away game
3/23/18 = Would perform a home game
Could also do a non-traditional day in April if possible.
2018 NC Coaches Clinic wrote on November 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm:
2018 - 11th North Carolina Lacrosse Coaching Clinic

Sponsored by NC State Men’s and Women’s Club Lacrosse Teams
and the NC Chapters of US Lacrosse
Saturday, January 6, 2018 @ NC State University, Carmichael Gymnasium – Cost - $35 per person – lunch included!

Registration and Morning Snacks 7:45 – 8:25
Welcome and Introduction to the Clinic 8:25 – 8:45
Sessions 1 – 3 from 9:00 – 11:50
Lunch & Speaker 11:50 – 12:50
Sessions 4 – 6 from 1:00 – 3:50
Clinic Attendance Certificate Pick Up 3:50 – 4:15
Current Speakers & Topics

Matt Peterson, US Lacrosse CEP Trainer Michael Raskevitz, Broughton HS Scott Olive, Red Devil Lacrosse

Coaching Team Defense and Concepts Dodging to Shoot to Score Unsettled Offense

Bradley Dunn, Lees-McRae College Neal Camak, NC Lax Academy Mike McLaughlin, Lacrosse Official

Lacrosse IQ Team Management New US Lacrosse Rules for Youth Boys Lax

Nick Holota, Middle Creek HS Mark Goldsmith, NW Guilford HS David Balogh, Supervisor of Officials

Practice Planning – Energize with Efficiency Riding Your Way to Victory HS Girl’s Rules Review

Lou Corsetti, SE Regional Manager US Lacrosse Bridget Walker, NC Wesleyan College Ron Ateshian, Red Devil Lacrosse

Fun, Fundamentals, Sportsmanship, Honor Defense and Proper Contact Motion in Youth Lacrosse

Andrew Allison, East Forsyth HS/ Gene Vigue, Apex HS Lottie Meadows, NC Wesleyan College Brit Kadlowec, Barton College

Goalie Training and Development Must Have Skills Before HS Go to Drills

Grant Kelam, University of Mount Olive John Hayden, Apex HS Lauren Scott, Meredith College

Evolution of Transition: Utilizing Roster Talent Developing a Defense – Individual The Basics, What We Are Saying

Bryce Sneed, North Greenville University and Team and Not Teaching
Faceoffs, Wing, and Transition Merridith Cho, Salem College Jessie Burt, Bogue Elite Lacrosse
Nikki Schwob, AC Sandhills Priorities, Issues, Practice Planning FUNdamentals and Drills

Using LADM in Girls Lacrosse In Youth Girls Lacrosse



Upon completing registration and payment, attendee(s) will receive an email receipt, along with maps to the parking, registration information and clinic rooms. Emails will be sent if there are any further announcements.

Clinic will have both Classroom Lectures and Gymnasium Demonstrations.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Cameron from Carrboro wrote on November 21, 2017 at 3:34 am:
Carrboro High School is looking for games. We would be willing to travel. We have openings throughout the season and especially Th/F the last two weeks of the regular season. Please contact Coach Cameron Ferguson if interested at cferguson@chccs.k12.nc.us.
Shawn Cioffi from Statesville, NC wrote on November 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm:
South Iredell High School located in Statesville, NC is starting a Lacrosse team this spring and I am looking for a women’s head coach. If you are interested please contact me.
Rival Lacrosse from Triangle, NC wrote on November 19, 2017 at 5:34 pm:
We are excited to open 2018 Spring registration for Rival Lacrosse. Rival Lacrosse is the largest recreational lacrosse program in the southeast and we are proud to begin our 17th year in February of 2018. The Rival Lacrosse Spring Play League consists of boys grades 1-6, girls grades 1-8 with teams practicing and competing across the Triangle area in the Heart of North Carolina! The 2018 Rival Spring Play League will run from February 24-May 5, 2017. 1-2 practices a week and games on Saturday’s beginning in late March.
Jeff Spear from Raleigh, NC wrote on November 19, 2017 at 7:04 am:
Yes, Leesville Road Middle School has a very successful boys lacrosse team; however, you won’t find info on school website because lacrosse is not an officially sanctioned sport by the school

Pleas feel free to email me, and I will provide contact info for current LRMS lax coach

Jeff Spear
Asst Coach, Men’s Varsity Lacrosse
Leesville Road HS

jeffspear@nc.rr.com
Response to CLT wrote on November 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm:
Focus on the individual coaching and the overall teams success. If your kids goal is to play in college you want to be on the best team playing in the best tournaments. This helps get exposure for your kid. If your kid is younger you want to place him with great coaches as well as a great team that is competitive with one another to help develop their skills. Being from the Charlotte area Team Carolina does a great job of coaching and exposing your kids to college coaches and developing player.
Green Hope Men's Lacrosse wrote on November 17, 2017 at 2:08 am:
We are still looking for a Men's JV coach. This is a paid position. Please e-mail coachkaznowski@gmail.com if you are interested in the position.
Raleigh LaxFest from Raleigh wrote on November 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm:
2018 US Lacrosse National Qualifying descended on Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend as 98 teams from North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Missouri participated in the 3rd Annual Raleigh LaxFest hosted by South Wake Sports.
216 games were played across 16 divisions with over 1500 student-athletes participating. 32 Teams participated in US Lacrosse National Qualifier Divisions.

BOYS
-----------------
10U: Sidewinders Black defeated NC Thunderhawks
11U\2025: 757 Select defeated Sidewinders
12UB: Winston Salem defeated Carolina Blue Frogs
12UA\2024: Carolina Extreme defeated V3 Select
13U\2023: Bucktown Blue defeated Shamrocks
14U: Team 24\7 defeated Project Missouri
2022: C2C Richmond defeated Bucktown
15U\2021: Triad Elite defeated 919 Elite
16U\2020: Shamrocks defeated 919 Elite
HSB: Shamrocks defeated Bucktown
HSA: Shamrocks defeated 919 Elite

GIRLS
-------------------
12U: Flight Futures defeated Cavaliers
14U: Flight 2022/23 defeated SOVA
16UB: SOVA 2021 defeated Flight
16UA: Jets Black 20/21 defeated Flight
18U: Jets Pink 2019 defeated Peak Lax

Full Results can be found at
http://www.tourneymachine.com/Public/Results/Tournament.aspx?IDTournament=h201702180718360629c20aa99ec4c4c
Michelle Ford from Raleigh wrote on November 10, 2017 at 11:54 am:
Hey, looking for info on Leesville Middle School club lacrosse, can’t find anything on the middle school website or through Google, although I’ve heard they have a club team.
wrote on November 8, 2017 at 4:39 pm:
JF Webb in Granville County is still looking to hire a permanent head Varsity lacrosse coach. Their interim head coach is a dedicated parent who is leading the 20+ guys in workouts and meetings until a new coach is hired.

Please contact AD Mike Carroll at carrollm@gcs.k12.nc.us or interim head coach Rob Rivers at robrivers1@gmail.com for information.
from Charlotte wrote on October 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm:
When evaluating different travel teams, should parents focus more on the individual coach of their child's team or the character of the overall organization and its owner?
Duke Lacrosse wrote on October 24, 2017 at 4:43 pm:
Duke Snowflake Lacrosse

Each year our staff hosts a 7 vs. 7 lacrosse tournament for boys in the following age brackets, U-9, U-11, U-13, JV and Varsity. This year’s tournament will take place on Sunday, December 3 on the west campus of Duke University. The tournament is designed for your students to have a lot of fun, no face-offs, no long sticks, 4 vs. 4 on the offensive end of a short field. Each team is guaranteed three 40 minute games consisting of 2 twenty minute halves. Before the start of play, each Division will take part in an age appropriate clinic led by one of the Duke Men’s Lacrosse Coaches with demonstrations by our current players. The cost per team is $750 (for a team of 15 players, the cost is $50 per player).

Information may be found at www.dukelacrossecampforboys.com. If you have any questions, please contact assistant men’s lacrosse coach, Mr. Ned Crotty at EJC14@duke.edu.
Parrott Lacrosse from Kinston wrote on October 19, 2017 at 3:40 pm:
Any place to get honest reviews of lacrosse gear? All the websites I see offering reviews of gear are selling that gear and are obviously trying to sell the stuff they are reviewing because every review tells how great everything is.
Early Read wrote on October 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm:
We had a good time at the beach again this year. Great weather, fun tournament. Lake Norman, Middle Creek, Cardinal Gibbons (missing some big guns on defense) all look good. LN won the championship beating MC. It is exactly what you would expect from fall ball. Some really good plays and some sloppy plays. I would not be shocked to see MC and LN play in another State championship game this year. Obviously, many teams missing some players in fall sports. Regardless, it is always a fun event.
wrote on October 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm:
With some fall ball taking place who is looking good? Usual suspects? Any surprises? Favorites for each group east/west?
Ctklacrosse from Huntersville wrote on October 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm:
There is an open coaching spot for Christ The King Catholic High School in Huntersville, NC. Located near Charlotte, the schools address is 2011 Crusader Way Huntersville NC 28078. The team is very young, having graduated no seniors last year and having strong athleticism from Sophomore Captain LSM Jimmy Edmiston, a 4 sport athlete, and Freshman Shortsticks with talent and drive. Competing in the NCISAA 2 conference, the crusaders will return with more experience and strong athleticism.
Jeff Spear from Raleigh wrote on October 16, 2017 at 6:48 am:
Clarification: 2nd Annaul "Bull City All Star Games ~ Cullen Classic for Cancer" will be held on Sat, June 2, 2018
Jeff Spear from Raleigh wrote on October 12, 2017 at 1:33 am:
Great weekend with Duke Lax alumni, especially Gray Devils who provided outstanding support in our inaugural year.

We are now ready to officially announce the 2nd annual "Bull City All-Star Games ~ Cullen Classic for Cancer" will be held on Saturday, Jun 2018 at Koskinen Stadium, Duke University

We look forward to making both the men's & women's games bigger and better than last year
Raleigh LaxFest from Raleigh wrote on October 10, 2017 at 1:14 pm:
2017 Raleigh LaxFest will take place November 11th & 12th.
The event has grown from 50 teams in 2016 to over 90 for 2017.

The official registration deadline has passed, however to round out certain divisions we can accept 1 Team in each
of the following Divisions:

15U\2021 Boys
12U\2025 Boys
12U Girls

If your organization is interested in joining one of these divisions please email Directors@RaleighLaxFest.com
Jeff Spear from Raleigh wrote on October 4, 2017 at 3:32 am:
Great weekend with Duke Lacrosse Alumni in the Bull City --- especially Duke Gray Devils. Thanked them again for their outstanding support in our inaugural year.

We are please to announce the 2nd Annual, "Bull City All Star Games ~ Cullen Classic for Cancer" will be held on Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 in Koskinen Stadium at Duke University.

We hope to make this years games even bigger and better.
I was hoping but it was not to be wrote on October 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm:
Sorry for the 'makes no sense at all' posting of the conferences, I was hoping that they would be posted by conference in the translation between computers.

Here's the link to the proposed conferences, I doubt there will be any changes in the triangle area teams with any new changes of conference alignment.

http://nchsaa.org/sports/lacrosse
1st draft of conferences is out... wrote on October 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm:
2018 Women's Lacrosse Conferences (DRAFT) 10/2/17 Conference 1 Conference 5 Conference 9 Ashley Apex Atkins Hoggard Apex Friendship Mount Tabor Laney Fuquay-Varina North Davidson New Hanover Garner Southwest Guilford South Brunswick Holly Springs Western Guilford Topsail Jack Britt West Brunswick Middle Creek Conference 10 Terry Sanford Hickory Conference 2 Hough First Flight Conference 6 Lake Norman Havelock Athens Drive Lake Norman Charter J.H. Rose Cary Mooresville Jacksonville Green Hope St. Stephens New Bern Jordan Watauga Northside - Jax Panther Creek Pinecrest Conference 11 Conference 3 Riverside Charlotte Catholic Carrboro Concord Chapel Hill Conference 7 Cuthbertson East Chapel Hill Grimsley Marvin Ridge Heritage High Point Central Parkwood Rolesville Northwest Guilford Sun Valley Southern Vance Northern Guilford Weddington Wake Forest Southeast Guilford Wakefield Page Conference 12 Ragsdale Ardrey Kell Conference 4 Butler Broughton Conference 8 Independence Cardinal Gibbons Davie Myers Park Enloe East Forsyth Porter Ridge Leesville Road Glenn Providence Millbrook R.J. Reynolds South Mecklenburg Sanderson Reagan West Forsyth
1st draft of conferences is out... wrote on October 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm:
2018 Men's Lacrosse Conferences (DRAFT) 10/2/17 Conference 1 Conference 7 Conference 13 Ashley Cedar Ridge Community School of Davidson Hoggard Chapel Hill Hough Laney East Chapel Hill Lake Norman New Hanover Northern Durham Lake Norman Charter South Brunswick Northwood Mooresville Topsail Orange Pine Lake Preparatory West Brunswick Southern Durham Queen's Grant Union Pines Conference 2 Conference 14 Croatan Conference 8 Charlotte Catholic First Flight Carrboro Cuthbertson Havelock Northern Vance Marvin Ridge J.H. Rose Roxboro Community Parkwood Jacksonville Voyager Academy Sun Valley New Bern Webb Weddington Northside - Jax West Carteret Conference 9 Conference 15 Asheboro Ardrey Kell Conference 3 Eastern Alamance Butler Corinth Holders Eastern Guilford Independence Heritage Northern Guilford Myers Park Rolesville Southeast Guilford Porter Ridge Wake Forest Southern Alamance Providence Wakefield Western Alamance South Mecklenburg Williams Conference 4 Conference 16 Broughton Conference 10 Freedom Cardinal Gibbons Grimsley Hickory Enloe High Point Central Patton Leesville Road Northwest Guilford St. Stephens Millbrook Page Watauga Sanderson Ragsdale Southeast Raleigh Conference 11 Conference 5 Davie Apex East Forsyth Apex Friendship Glenn Fuquay-Varina R.J. Reynolds Garner Reagan Holly Springs West Forsyth Jack Britt Middle Creek Conference 12 Atkins Conference 6 Bishop McGuinness Athens Drive Mount Tabor Cary North Davidson Green Hope Parkland Jordan Southwest Guilford Panther Creek West Stokes Pinecrest Western Guilford Riverside
1st draft of conferences is out... wrote on October 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm:
This is a first draft but I expect few if any changes with this draft. Conferences are much smaller this year and reflect for the most part their conference affiliation in other sports.
Boys' side increased by 6 teams to 106, new teams at Union Pines, Corinth Holders, Queen's Grant and Pine Lake Prep in the Charlotte area, Parkwood just east of Charlotte, Parkland in W-S; girls' side increased to 80 with Fuquay, Garner, Davie Co., W-S Atkins, Mooresville and Parkwood adding girls.
Heather from Cary wrote on September 29, 2017 at 12:16 am:
Hello Triangle Lax! I'm trying to help a local HS find a new head varsity coach...if you, or anyone you know is interested please send me an email!
wrote on September 28, 2017 at 10:06 pm:
I think cedar ridge will be replaced by ech as they just moved down and lose less depth
Danny Burch from Raleigh wrote on September 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm:
Does any one have any info on the Southwestern Wake men's lacrosse schedule for 2018?
Kerri Bishop from Wilmington wrote on September 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm:
The Wilmington Fall Lacrosse Tournament has one spot left in both A and B Varsity Divisions!! Tournament is being held Oct 14 & 15th with a few new teams participating this year! Contact me immediately if interested!!
Lax bro wrote on September 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm:
3A predictions:
State champ will be a rematch between Weddington and Cedar Ridge led by a Strong Weddington win I believe they will win again making it back to back. Led by Leonard (Furman) on the offense and Cheek (Utah) in cage.
Remembering Charlie Adams... wrote on September 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm:
Charlie Adams, former Executive Director of the NCHSAA, passed away on Sunday September 17. So why is this being posted? Charlie was the instrumental person who was able to get lacrosse recognized by the NCHSAA even though the number of participating schools did not yet meet the NCHSAA criteria for sanctioning a sport. Although there was resistance from some, Charlie was able to get the NCHSAA Board of Directors to sanction lacrosse. Charlie had the foresight to recognize that the sport was growing and that it was better for the NCHSAA to start handling it sooner rather than later. The number of schools playing lacrosse has grown from the high 50s before the NCHSAA sanctioned it to over 100 schools now with more to come.
Thanks Charlie for your foresight, the lacrosse community in NC greatly appreciates it.
For more about Charlie Adams, go to www.nchsaa.org.
Trey Ennis Lacrosse for Leukemia Memorial Tournament from Durham wrote on September 20, 2017 at 4:25 pm:
1st Annual Trey Ennis Lacrosse for Leukemia Memorial Tournament
Hosted By 919 Lacrosse at Jordan High School

November 18-19th 2017

Tournament Details:

Entrance fee will be $850
Deadline to register with payment is 9/29
Tournament format will be Round Robin on Saturday and seeded championship play on Sunday
Games will be 2×20 minute halves with 5minute half time- sudden death 5-minute OT if needed
We will use 2 ref crews throughout
Games will start at 9:00 and run every hour, See Rules of play for more details
Minimum of 4 games
Food on Site
Raffles for Equipment and Prizes with all proceeds going to UNC/Duke Cancer Center
Onsite Trainer
re: goalie performance wrote on September 15, 2017 at 4:31 pm:
Save percentage is probably the better of the two, but they both tell meaningful info on each goalie and their team.

Example: a goalie with a spectacular defense may have a lower number of saves and higher save percentage due to the defense limiting the number of quality shots on him or her. However, a very good goalie can have a high save percentage regardless of defensive skill in front of him or her. On the flip side, goalies with huge numbers of saves may not have the best defense in front of them (lots of shots allowed). That can also be paired with a lower save percentage in some cases if better quality shots are allowed (not all high-save performances are the same. Was it a zone defense allowing popcorn long range shots? Or was it just a porous defensive line getting beat on every dodge?).

It's hard to get a perfect read on a goalie with just those two stats. Other stats to consider are Goals Against Average (some great communicating goalies can have lower GAAs simply by their leading of the defense, knowing when to call slides, etc), Clearing Percentage (teams with poor clearing percentages allow more offensive opportunities, more offensive opportunities lead to more goals, so a good clearing goalie can help in that department), Defensive Efficiency (if you're able to track this, total goals / total defensive sets gives your pure, raw efficiency; a higher defensive efficiency is a good overall measure of your defense as a unit. Consider a team that allows 5 goals on 10 defensive sets, or allows 6 goals on 18 sets. You'd not think the 5 was better than 6 simply looking at a box score without realizing the second scenario had a 67% efficiency rate at 12 stops in 18 chances vs. 50% at 5 stops in 10 chances), and Rebounds/backups/Clean Saves allowed/made (some teams track this but seldom do; tracking number of clean saves a goalie makes vs. loose ball-causing saves, i.e. kicking it, dome shot, body save, etc where the ball is now loose, while also tracking the number of shots backed up by the defense).

If you've only got a box score to go by, use Save Percentage, Saves, Goals Against Average, and Clearing Percentage. That'd give you a better idea without diving into crazy stat tracking.
Coach Kaznowski wrote on September 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm:
Green Hope High School is looking for a JV lacrosse coach. This is a paid position. All practices are right after school (3pm). Please reach out to Chase Kaznowski at chasekaznowski@gmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.
Kerri from Wilmington wrote on September 13, 2017 at 4:57 pm:
There are spots available in all divisions of the Wilmington Fall Lacrosse Tournament being held on Oct 14 & 15th! Please see www.wilmingtonlacrossefestival.com for details. Registration form can be found on website as well. Contact me at kerribish@aol.com with any questions
Parrott Lacrosse from Kinston wrote on September 5, 2017 at 1:28 pm:
What do you think is a better assessment of a goalie's performance; saves or save percentage? Further is there a better way to assess goalie performance than those two data points?
NCLA from Raleigh wrote on August 28, 2017 at 11:35 pm:
Triangle Fall Lacrosse
Triangle HS Boys get your team together and compete in Raleigh Sunday mornings.
Who will take home the Champions Cup this year?
To register and for further information go to www.nclaxacademy.com
wrote on August 24, 2017 at 1:07 am:
https://laxallstars.com/play-college-lacrosse-how-hard-is-it-to/amp/

Great read and maybe a reality check
Neal Camak from Raleigh wrote on August 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm:
*Carolina Flight Select Fall Girls Travel tryouts are August 27th! Register now at www.carolinaflightlax.com

*NCLA Girls Fall Ball (instruction, skill development, scrimmage) Registration now open! Register at www.nclaxacademy.com
World Lacrosse Foundation from Sarasota, FL wrote on August 17, 2017 at 7:23 pm:
Speed Lacrosse & The CP World Lacrosse Foundation Present:

The King of the Hill Lacrosse Blast!

Labor Day- Monday September 4th
Cedar Falls Park, Chapel Hill, NC
Open to ALL AGE LEVELS 1st Grade- Adult, Boys, Girls, Men & Women!
Sign Up as a Team of 5 or indivually as a "Free Agent"
Free Clinic by National Lacrosse Hall of Fame Member CASEY POWELL followed by 3v3 Speed Lacrosse Round Robin Tournament!
Skills competitions, guest appearances, autographs & giveaways!
check out speedlacrosse.com for more info
dlite32 from Raleigh wrote on August 16, 2017 at 8:21 pm:
Jackie, the closest one to where you are is probably YLS Lacrosse - http://www.ylslacrosse.com/. They have fall leagues that will probably begin in September but see the website for more details.
Reply to Jackie wrote on August 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm:
Try the clayton civitan club in the spring at http://www.claytoncivitan.com/lacrosse.html. If you are looking for something in the fall, try YLS or NC Lax Academy. YLS website is www.ylslacrosse.com; NC Lax Academy website is www.nclaxacademy.com
Mark Florio from wake forest wrote on August 16, 2017 at 2:25 am:
REPLY TO JACKIE FROM GARNER
So glad you want to get your son involved in this great game.
See my post right below yours for one training opportunity.
Also check out these other local lacrosse opportunities. All great coaches .
NC Lacrosse Academy www.ncla.com
Red Devil United www.lacrossetrainer.org
Fusion Lacrosse ww.fusionlacrosse.com
Bucktown Lacrosse www.bucktownlax.com
Carolina Youth lacrosse www.carolinayouthlacrosse.net
Youth Lacrosse Systems www.ylslacrosse.com
Carolina Cannons www.carolinacannons.com
Hope you find one that works for him.
jackie from garner wrote on August 14, 2017 at 11:23 pm:
I am looking for a team for my son to join- he is 10 (4th grade) and never .on a team. we live in johnston county, just over the johnston/wake line. Does anyone know of any teams in the area? I don't even think our HS has a lacrosse team
Mark Florio from WAKE FOREST wrote on August 13, 2017 at 8:15 pm:
Lacrosse Training opportunity!
I am so pleased to announce a new partnership between myself and Pro 3:5 Sports Academy to offer three sessions of lacrosse training this late summer to early fall.
Pro 3:5 is a state of the art indoor facility conveniently located off Capital Blvd. near 540 and Triangle Towne Center mall.

The sessions are offered
Aug-Sept
Sept-Oct
Oct-Nov
Sign up for one,two or all three!
Please see the info below and go to
www.pro35sports.com to register.




SFLC Eagles from Wake Forest wrote on August 10, 2017 at 9:30 pm:
Official Press Release

​To all the High School Coaches and Parents, there is going to be a new lacrosse organization based in the Wake Forest area. S.F. Lacrosse Club (SFLC) Eagles is a newly formed lacrosse club started by Coach Michael Smith, the current Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School and Coach John Fernandez, the current Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Wake Forest High School. Our Female Director will be Michelle Kline the current Varsity Lacrosse Coach for Heritage High School and her Husband Michael Kline.
​SFLC will be offering an opportunity for High School boys and girls of all levels that are interested in joining a travel club team and growing the game of lacrosse. Initially we will have NO TRYOUTS and plan to field an A-Alpha Team and B-Bravo Team pending participation numbers. We want to help all levels grow and appreciate the Creators Game.
​As we continue to grow we will begin to add youth and middle school lacrosse as we reach out to other areas of North Carolina. Our primary goal is as we grow we want to grow the game of lacrosse. This will be done through our Grow the Game Initiative N.C. Each year we will be giving a grant to a N.C. High School that is looking to add lacrosse as an athletic sport to offset some of the initial costs and we are hoping to offer our first grant this year. We also want to thank StringKing as they donated 50 complete lacrosse sticks!!
​Registration is now open but if still have questions you can email us at sflceagles@gmail.com for more information and our website is sflacrosseclub.org. The website is still a work in progress but has a lot of information already on it to include information about our SPC Dana Wilson Memorial Scholarship. A lot of the things we do will have a military theme to them. We are looking for support to make all this happen and we want to say thank you as well.
Kerri Bishop from Wilmington wrote on August 10, 2017 at 4:36 pm:
The 14th Annual Wilmington Fall Lacrosse Festival will be held Oct 14 &15, 2017 at Veterans Park. Please see the website at www.wilmingtonlacrossefestival.com for details on cost, divisions and for the registration form.
The tournament has been at capacity for the last several years so get your registrations in quickly to reserve your team's spot!!!
Great location at the beach and great competition every year!!
300 Lax from Raleigh wrote on August 10, 2017 at 4:43 am:
Sanderson High School is looking for an assistant varsity and/or a head JV coach for this upcoming season.

If interested, contact coach Lawrence Davis at lawdavis13@gmail.com
Upcoming Raleigh US Lacrosse Youth Officials' Clinic from Raleigh wrote on August 9, 2017 at 2:22 pm:
For anyone interested in becoming a youth lacrosse official, this is a reminder of the US Lacrosse Youth Officials Classroom session at Cardinal Gibbons HS, 1401 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. Cost of the clinic is $60 to cover the manual, Sat. lunch and the patches. You must be a member of US Lacrosse as an official to attend. The classroom sessions will be on Saturday, August 26 from 8:30-4:30 and Sunday, August 27 from 1:00-4:00.

If interested or planning to attend, please go to www.tmloa.org and click on the Contact link . In the message section, please write something along the lines of "I plan to attend the youth officials' clinic and am aware of the 5 steps necessary to complete the certification process."

Complete requirements for certicification are as follows:
1. At least 14 years old and also registered with US Lacrosse as an official; if already a member of USL as a player, just contact membership@uslacrosse.org and have USL add Official to your membership status.
2. Once registered with USL, take the online Rules and Penalty course. Here's the link to find the course: https://www.uslacrosse.org/coaches/coach-development-program/online-courses
3. Attend the classroom portion( this is the classroom clinic at Cardinal Gibbons)-
4. Take the on-line US Lacrosse Youth Rules test.
5. Pass the field test in September. (Uniform is required for this, will be covered in the clinic.)

For anyone who is interested in becoming a scholastic official( MS and HS), this will not meet the NCHSAA training requirement as those clinics begin in January. But if you want to attend this, feel free to attend.

If you have other questions, please contact me at rickwooten.tmloa@gmail.com.

Thank you.
Jeff Spear from Raleigh, NC wrote on August 9, 2017 at 4:22 am:
Yes - a bit late, but well worth the wait:

Fully narrated highlights from 2017 Men's Bull City All-Star Game

youtu.be/4Rdl-onm4Tg

Thanks Thompson Team Films
Maniacs LC from Raleigh wrote on August 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm:
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Way to early for predictions wrote on August 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm:
Don't forget to take into consideration the new realignment before making predictions. East Chapel Hill is now in the 3A bracket and in the same conference with Cedar Ridge and Chapel Hill. Cedar Ridge may very well repeat as the 3A rep from the east but they are not a sho0-in. I would still favor the 3A rep from the West to win it again though.
Raleigh LaxFest from Holly Springs wrote on August 2, 2017 at 3:12 pm:
Thompson Brothers Lacrosse is coming back to the Triangle! November 10, 2017 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs. Early bird pricing is $75 until September 1. Registration is at www.thompsonbrotherslacrosse.us/camps. The clinic is part of the Raleigh LaxFest festivities, but players do not need to be on a team registered for the Raleigh LaxFest. Come learn from some of the greatest lacrosse players of this generation!
lil Lax wrote on July 31, 2017 at 3:48 pm:
Hellow everyone,

I'm back to do my way too early predictions for State Championships. I will also rank my top teams from 3A, 4A, and Private.

State Championship
3A- Weddington vs Cedar Ridge (rematch)
4A- Lake Norman vs Middle Creek
(rematch)
Private- Christ School vs Providence Day

Top 10 Rankings
1. Middle Creek- last years 4A State champions, lost some key seniors but retain the Caputo brothers and there FOGO

2. Christ School- lost a lot of seniors but will rebound with young studs to contributed in last years stellar season

3. Lake Norman- A team who gains Drew Elder Hofstra commit, they finally have a FOGO. They also only lose 4 seniors, this could be a huge year for the wildcats.

4. Cardinal Gibbons- They lose guys like most teams but still retain a lot of studs, see them playing Middle Creek Semi finals again.

5. Weddington- Loss of leadership and coach bumped them down on my list. But they retain most of there defense and there FOGO. Look for another big year for the warriors

6. Northwest Guilford- Disappointing finish to their season last year. A young defense and stellar attack line. This team needs to finish games in the playoffs.

7. Charlotte Catholic- Don't lose much and retain a large chunk of there team should be a good, looking to see them play Weddington in the semis for 3A this year

8. Apex- Some what of a sleeper team they have talent all over but I'd be surprised if they make it passed MC or CG

9. Myers Park- they lose minimal seniors and regain most of there team. Myers Park will compete with Catholic for the conference championship.

10. Providence Day- They retain some great talent and should make a run deep into the private school play if there big guns can stay health and show up in the big time games.
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wrote on July 25, 2017 at 6:59 pm:
Anyone have news on the NC - West AA announcements? Some very nice players received All-State honors but would be nice to see the West AA counterparts to the East AA (US Lacrosse Website says "North Carolina - Western Pending"
Red Creek Lacrosse from Apex wrote on July 18, 2017 at 11:16 pm:
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Team 91 Carolina Cannons wrote on July 12, 2017 at 3:00 pm:
Team 91 Carolina Cannons will hold their tryouts on August 5th, 6th, 12th, & 13th. For the $50 tryout fee you'll get a t shirt, shorts, reversible, and 2 days of tryouts (one each weekend). Please use the link and sign up.
Jack Shelton from Cary wrote on July 10, 2017 at 4:32 am:
Hi, my name is Jack Shelton and I was wondering if anyone was looking for someone to do private lessons. I graduated from Cardinal Gibbons in 2016 as a captain and currently play at The University of Tampa. I am a little bit of an attack/middie hybrid so I can offer any kind of offensive work or goalie work.
Mark Florio from Wake Forest wrote on July 7, 2017 at 5:08 am:
From Coach Florio ** SPECIAL OFFER! Train with Paul Rabil in Charlotte Sunday July 16 **
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Paul and the NY Lizards will be playing the Charlotte Hounds Saturday night and then holding his clinic the next day.
Make it a LAX weekend!
Over 50% of the spots are already full so register ASAP!
Use the code JUST4LAX for $25 off registration!

Highlights from Rabil Events:
• The event is 3.5 hours of hands-on training with Paul Rabil - one of the best to ever play the game.
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Carolina Hilltoppers Lacrosse Camp wrote on June 27, 2017 at 3:07 pm:
The Carolina Hilltoppers are happy to announce our Summer Day Camp located at Neal Middle School in Durham. This is a developmental camp for all players from the ages of 8 to 16. Our camp will run for four days from Monday, July 10th through Thursday, July 13th. Players will receive coaching from Hilltopper coaches and will be able to keep the Hilltopper gear, which we'll give out to all players. Drop off for the camp is between 8:15am and 8:45 am, with pick up between 1:15 and 1:30 pm. We will also encourage players to bring their own lunch but will have pizza for $2 a slice and drinks for $1.

The cost of four days of instruction is only $225 per player with $100 discount for families bringing more than one child. We hope you will join us to improve your game and have a blast playing lacrosse during the summer! For registration please go to: https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/67076
Please contact Camp Director Chandler Zirkle at zirklecn@guilford.edu if you have any additional questions.
919 Elite LC from Triangle wrote on June 26, 2017 at 6:49 pm:
919 Elite Fall High School Tryouts will be July 29th at Womble Park in Holly Springs.

Tryouts are open to player from any school in graduation years 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018.

Information for program at www.919Elite.com or CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION

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wrote on June 17, 2017 at 6:46 pm:
...and some will be filled by varsity assistants and JV coaches moving up
wrote on June 17, 2017 at 6:45 pm:
Coaching rumors:

Add Carborro too

I predict you will see some of these filled and other vacancies pop up, as current head coaches leave one school for another.
Coaching Rumors wrote on June 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm:
With so many openings this summer who do you will think will fill all of these positions? Is there enough coaches to fill all these openings? The coaching turnover is a lot this year.

Panther Creek?
Heritage?
Orange?
Chapel Hill?
JF Webb?
Northern Durham?
Also Northwood and Weddington a little outside of the triangle.
Westward expansion on the D1 level wrote on June 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm:
The University of Utah announced Friday that they would add Men's Lacrosse as a varsity sport starting with the 2019 season. Former UNC assistant coach and former Johns Hopkins goalkeeper Brian Holman took the job last summer as the club coach under the premise that Utah would go varsity in 2-3 years. Holman took the Utes to their first winning season since 2010, reversing the 2016 record of 5-9 to 10-7 this year, losing in the quarter-finals of the MCLA D1 National Tournament. Their tournament appearance as the #8 seed was the first time that the Utes had played in the MCLA tournament. Utah will now be the farthermost western D1 school, replacing Colorado teams Denver and the Air Force Academy.

Coach Holman is a quality coach and a quality person, I wish him a lot of luck growing the game in the west.
State Games Question from Greensboro wrote on June 15, 2017 at 10:01 pm:
Any word on when state games rosters will be released since game is next week. Don't see anything on the powerade state games website. Living in the triad was trying to catch the game if its still on.
Webb Coach Farabee is leaving... wrote on June 13, 2017 at 1:02 pm:
Coach Farebee is leaving Webb to teach at the new North Wake College and Career Academy in Wake Forest. Coach Farebee started the lacrosse program at Webb in 2010.
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 men’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 women’s and men’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 Duke’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 game’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 men’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 White’s come-from-behind 13-12 victory in overtime, the inaugural event certainly had a “classic” 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 year’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:

Women’s All Star Game: Blue – 20 / White – 9

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

White Team; GOALS: Goldblum 5, Chung 2, Seagroves, White. ASSISTS – Goldblum 2

Offensive MVP: Madison Dunk
Defensive MVP: Abbey Seagroves

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Gray Devils Game: Blue – 12 / Gray – 7
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Men’s All Star Game: White -13, Blue – 12 (OT)

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

Blue Team, GOALS: Padden 3, Phillip 2, Baker, Brunick, Crowley, Dean, Fasanaro, Maginnes, Van Dyke. ASSISTS – 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 nation’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. We’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 – 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 – The Inaugural “Bull City All-Star Games~Cullen Classic for Cancer”

After receiving over 206 nominations from 93 high school coaches, the “Blue Team” & “White Team” rosters for both the Men’s and Women’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 “Cullen Classic for Cancer” 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 “grow the game” 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 – Gates Open

1:00pm – Faceoff – Women’s All-Stars Game

1:30pm – Halftime – Presentation to Duke Cancer Institute

3:15 pm – Faceoff - Gray Devils Game

5:15pm – Faceoff – Men’s All-Star Game

5:45pm – Halftime – 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!
Best teams in state history? wrote on May 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm:
Laugh out loud.

Let me educate these young bucks who apparently don't know there was any great teams before 2010...

Chapel Hill High School's record against NC teams was 72-2 between the four season span of 2006-2009 during which time they also played in four straight state championship games (winning two). Yes you read that right, 72-2 and FOUR STRAIGHT SC GAMES. Now pick your jaw up off the floor and keep reading this. CHHS was a 4A big boy back then and won the 4A state championship back to back in 2007 and 2008. And those two losses were both in state championship games in 2006 and 2009, which means they were two wins away from winning four straight state championships. If you look back on laxpower, Chapel Hill during that time span scheduled extremely hard schedules, always playing the best teams in the state and beating up on them all. They even played a tough out of state schedule and beat a few good teams from elsewhere (and we all know elsewhere is a whole different level...).

If we're talking best teams in NC history, there is no way you could not put the 2007, and 2008 CHHS teams at least in the top 3, and in my opinion the two best teams at least since 2006 (I won't comment on previous years since I myself am a youngish buck ;)...).

Those two squads in 2007 and 2008 had 11 future division 1 players, many more lower division players, and 3 future Carolina Hounds players who are currently with the Hounds in John Haus (Maryland), Will Haus (Duke), and David Manning (Loyola). John Haus is also a current Hounds captain.

I love the conversation about greatest teams in NC history and of course MC did great this year. But after seeing them play and remembering the old CHHS teams, there is not one single doubt in my mind that either the 2007 or 2008 CHHS would beat MC if they played now. CHHS literally had entire lines, yes LINES, of future division one players, and was completely dominant in all facets of the game, not to mention had the big game experience to handle the situation.
carolina lax wrote on May 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm:
The conversation about best team is always fun, but also a dead end.

Many weren't around to see some of the previous teams that were excellent over the years. Gibbons have had several great groups as did East Chapel and Chapel Hill. Catholic has had some stellar teams, the Providence championship team was really good. Apex has had teams that could play with anyone when factoring in depth, athleticism, and coaching. Then can even go back to some of the great Riverside and DA teams. This Middle Creek team now gets added to that mix/conversation and deservedly. Certainly a fun conversation with no right answer.
RE: Old Terp & private school lax wrote on May 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm:
Maybe with all these blowouts you should recruit Gibbons to actually play against private teams. Create better competition within the private schools.

I am not related to the MC program at all but MC would prevail by 8+. Their offense could have been the best offense we have seen in a while. They took down every opponent easily. Would have loved for them to have the resources to play gibbons schedule and see how that turned out. Unfortunately the SWAC played 16 conference games this year limiting any out of conference scheduling.
Best teams in state history? wrote on May 24, 2017 at 2:43 am:
I think this could be an interesting debate topic. I'm from Raleigh so I will try to keep it as balanced as I can (and as realistic as I can remember) but I've watched lacrosse in the state for the last 7 years, and I don't think I've seen a team more complete than Middle Creek's this year. I would actually put them on par with Gibbons' last 2 teams, but I am giving them an edge due to a) the beat down they put on everybody (closest game was a 4 point win vs apex, a rival) and b) I think they were very under appreciated in the regular season.

1) Middle Creek 2017
2)Cardinal Gibbons 2016/2015
3) Charlotte Catholic 2008 (never saw them play, going off of hearsay on this one
4)Lake Norman 2012
5) Apex 2013
6) Myers Park 2010
7) Northwest Guilford 2011
Impressed wrote on May 24, 2017 at 1:48 am:
A big congratulations to Middle Creek. What a phenomenal team. The closest game they had all season was a four goal win over Apex (2nd in SWAC), which they played the day after playing Green Hope (3rd in SWAC). They definitely are a talented group of kids who were well coached.
Old Terp from Asheville wrote on May 24, 2017 at 1:27 am:
Have to agree with Private School Lax. Christ School ended their season strong, breezing through the NCISAA playoffs. In fact Christ School defeated their last three opponents by an average score of 18.6 to 5. Their early season losses were to out of state power house teams and were either in overtime or by a single goal. Nice to see that a North Carolina team will be represented in the inaugural Geico National Tournament on Memorial Day in DC. The Greenies with 7 college commits deserve some serious credit.
wrote on May 23, 2017 at 10:27 pm:
Looking at the box score of games last weekend I see that Weddington put up 19 goals in quarters 2 and 3 of the state championship game. Wow, that must've been something to watch.
John Dodd from Charlotte wrote on May 23, 2017 at 9:57 am:
Wingate University Head Coach Tim Boyle (who took his team to NCAA playoffs in his first year) with former Wingate and Marvin Ridge coach John Dodd invite boys in grades 6-12 to the Bulldog Lacrosse Camp. We have a great instructional camp with a fun but competitive atmosphere. Visit www.LacrosseCamps.org for details and to register.
NCLaxFan wrote on May 22, 2017 at 3:26 pm:
Congratulations to the SWAC All Conference Teams:

FIRST TEAM
A-Owen Caputo, Middle Creek
A-Aiden Callahan, Green Hope
A-Jared Medwar, Middle Creek
A-Bobby Padden, Athens Drive
M-Jake Caputo, Middle Creek
M-Preston Lalicker, Apex
M-Charlie Doetzer, Middle Creek
FO-Graham Schwartz, Middle Creek
D-Alex Baker, Apex
D-Caleb Ferguson, Holly Springs
D-Alex Lucius, Holly Springs
D-Tommy Farlow, Holly Springs
G-Conor Ryan, Green Hope

SECOND TEAM
A-Christian Cechini, Apex
A-Jack Larkin, Green Hope
A-Matt Calleri, Holly Springs
M-Justin Freeman, Apex
M-Nate Garland, Holly Springs
M-Cam Sechler, Panther Creek
FO-Chris Silver, Athens Drive
D-Carter Lux, Green Hope
D-Keith Phillips, Middle Creek
D-Will Flynt, Friendship
D-AJ King, Middle Creek
G-Patrick Sasser, Apex
Ultimate Lax Bro wrote on May 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm:
I was about to watch the 4A State Championship, shout out to both teams for making and Lake Norman for putting up a good fight. But you can't win State Championships without a good FOGO. Middle Creek was able to possess the ball and exhaust LNs defense then capitalize. It was basically like make it take. Standouts we're Jared Medwar, Jake Caputo, and MC FOGO (also games mvp). On the other hand I would be surprised if these teams played again next year.
private school lax wrote on May 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm:
All i can say is throw Christ School into the best of state discussion. They did lose to Cardinal Gibbons, literally on last second shot, but playing much better now. They beat Charlotte Country Day 18-2 in state final.
rallax wrote on May 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm:
If you didn't see MC play this year you missed out. They were pretty good.
wrote on May 22, 2017 at 12:54 pm:
I have had an opportunity to watch both play Middle Creek would beat Weddington by 6+. Middle Creek is just more of a complete team and has and offense that is scary.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on May 22, 2017 at 3:17 am:
Didn't get to see Middle Creek play this year, but congratulations to them on the 4A title. And congratulations to Weddington on the 1A,2A,3A Championship. Would be cool to have seen them play each other. How about a game between the two champions to see who the best team in the state is?
Bowen Collins from HILLSBOROUGH wrote on May 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm:
I am a Current Lacrosse player at Lenoir Rhyne university and I am offering Lacrosse lessons to youth players. Please contact me for details. Mainly focusing on fundamentals and stick work. My number is 919-884-6870. Feel free to call to text.
Red Rocket wrote on May 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm:
Wazz Ah! 3A and 4A State championships tonight and tomorrow I'm excited to see how the Middle Creek & Lake Norman game goes. Also pumped to see Weddington take on Cedar Ridge maybe an upset tonight. Best of luck to all the teams participating.
Post Season Accolades? wrote on May 19, 2017 at 6:17 pm:
Is there a website that lists all of the kids that have made All State & All American teams? I know some teams have already have notified their players.
Mr. Lax wrote on May 19, 2017 at 2:38 pm:
Not a great season for me this year, hopefully I can get these final three picks right!!

I’ve been wrong about Middle Creek all year, they were without a doubt the best team in the Eastern region and they proved that Tuesday night. Lake Norman is a very good team who has done a great job flying under the radar all season. My prediction is Middle Creek beats Lake Norman by 3+ goals.

In terms of the 3A game, I have nothing else to say other than I think Weddington beats Cedar Ridge by 10+

Private School game: Christ School wins its first state title by 3+ goals
TriangleLax wrote on May 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm:
Joe,

Thanks for the kind words. It's been an awesome adventure and we are enjoying ramping up coverage for Triangle-area teams. We have some plans moving forward. We will stay focused in the triangle for now. Our next move will most likely be to try and cover more of the girl's side of the game, maybe get another couple writers on board to cover more games.

We will also be trying to expand our archives to include more data to fans.

Thanks to you and everyone that has followed us this season.
Tiny Lax from clt wrote on May 18, 2017 at 3:45 pm:
Hi Fellas! I wanted to say congrats to all the seniors that got the invite to be in the Great 38 Game. I am looking forward to see James Brugger (Coker) and Ryan Werner (Duke) and Ryan Caplis (Stevens Tech) all of Lake Norman go head to head. They are all great friends with their playing days dating back to U-9 lax. Congrats to the rest of the Seniors and best of luck for the remaining teams!
NCLaxFan wrote on May 18, 2017 at 1:27 pm:
Great 38 All Star Game is on Sunday at Lenoir-Rhyne Univ. Here are the rosters:

WHITE TEAM
A-Michael Meley, N.Guilford
A-Jack Fletcher, Providence Day
FO-Noah Flasch, Parkwood
D-James Brugger, Lake Norman
M-Dalton Phillips, Cannon
A-Parker Mosack, Providence Day
M-Alex Helms, Weddington
G-Conor Ryan, Green Hope
A-Ian Baker, Charlotte Catholic
M-Justin Freeman, Apex
D-Wesley Bates, Ardrey Kell
D-Liam Huddy, Lake Norman Charter
FO-Trevor Kirsch, Cardinal Gibbons
A-Hunter Fasanaro, Weddington
M-Jack Widman, Cedar Ridge
A-Louis Frankeny, Hoggard
A-Ryan Werner, Lake Norman
M-Carter Watkins, Ardrey Kell
G-Zac Venos, Cannon
D-Jack Frasier, Charlotte Christian
D-Alex Stock, Cardinal Gibbons
M-Cullum Crowley, Hoggard
D-Jonah Roberts, Christ School
D-Cole Bullard, Cedar Ridge
M-Riley Smith, Christ School

BLACK TEAM
A-Jared Medwar, Middle Creek
M-Thomas Farlow, Holly Springs
FO-Peter Chase, Ardrey Kell
M-Charlie Doetzer, Middle Creek
G-Bill Osteen, Page
A-Lex Voelker, Andrey Kell
D-Noah Strassner, Charlotte Catholic
A-Joey Cinque, Christ School
A-Gunner Philipp, Hoggard,
M-Reed Baker, Providence Day
A-Sean Tobin, Cedar Ridge
M-Seth Byrd, NW Guilford
M-Ryan Caplis, Lake Norman
M-William Domville, Cardinal Gibbons
A-Bobby Padden, Athens Drive
A-Robert Iorio, Christ School
D-Maddux Mehal, Ardrey Kell
D-Jack Albright, Grimsley
FO-Thomas Walton, Leesville Rd
D-Spenser Clapp, Greensboro Day
M-Cooper McKaskel, Wakefield
G-Patrick Sasser, Apex
D-Caleb Ferguson, Holly Springs
D-Sean Nelson, Cardinal Gibbons
A-Austin Abourjilie, NW Guilford
Triangle Area Faceoff Lessons wrote on May 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm:
My name is Peyton Smith I am currently a faceoff specialist for Marist College, a Division 1 lacrosse program located in New York. I will be in the Triangle area all summer and would love to teach kids of any age the technique and skills of taking a faceoff. I have worked and continue to work with multiple collegiate faceoff men like myself, as well as professional faceoff men in the MLL. I will go over all the basics of taking a faceoff as well as more advanced moves I use in college. If you have a son that is interested in learning more about the lacrosse faceoff, feel free to email me at any time. Thanks, Peyton Smith

Peyton.Smith1@marist.edu
Joe wrote on May 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm:
Just wanted to give a big shoutout to the guys over @trianglelax for the work they've done covering the sport in the RDU area this past year. They've done a spot on, accurate job with their rankings this season and have used their knowledge of the area's lacrosse to provide the average fan with a go-to site. Really hoping they continue to provide awesome coverage and analysis next season and can expand to more areas. With Maxpreps not being as widely used as other hs sports in the state and lax power being more of a statistical power ranking site, I think this sort of website is game changing and could hopefully lead to an increase of participation and level of play as more schools continue to add the sport.
Private School Update wrote on May 17, 2017 at 1:20 pm:
On the private side, Christ School beats Cannon School (14-8). Charlotte Country Day beats Providence Day (10-7). Saturday final in Asheville ... should be a good one!
Private School Playoffs wrote on May 17, 2017 at 12:04 pm:
Why do they have two conferences with so little teams? How did they divide them up? Its not done by size so is it done by talent or choice? The private schools use to be dominate now they have 3 maybe 4 good teams. What happened?
CLT Lax Father wrote on May 17, 2017 at 3:29 am:
Hats off to Lake Norman they played and good hard fought game good luck to them in the State Final Game, believe they play a very good Middle Creek team
Carti wrote on May 17, 2017 at 2:53 am:
Lake Norman beats Catholic 9-4. LKN jumped out 5-0 in the first half. Catholic clawed back but LKN was able to hold them off. LKN goalkeeper and defense played great all game. Should be interesting how they match up with Middle Creek.
4A Playoffs wrote on May 17, 2017 at 1:47 am:
What people on here do not realize is that although Middle Creek is very explosive on offense they are also very good on defense. Their defense is underrated. They are a very good team and get it done in all aspects of the game.
Mr. Lax wrote on May 16, 2017 at 5:46 pm:
Alright, the game we've been waiting for all year. Absolutely no disrespect meant to Middle Creek, they have had a fantastic season, and I am rooting for them. However I think Gibbons gets it done tonight in a great game by 2 goals.

Weddington over Cuthberson by 10+
Catholic over Lake Norman by 2
Chapel Hill over Cedar Ridge by 1
Private playoffs wrote on May 16, 2017 at 12:07 am:
From www.ncisaa.org/playoff-brackets/?sport=18&currentyear=1:
#1 seed Christ School(near Asheville) hosts #4 Cannon School from Concord and #3 Charlotte Country Day plays at #1 Providence Day in Division 1. I think that the last team standing on Saturday will be Christ School.

In Div 2, #1 Forsyth Country Day hosts Southlake Christian and #2 Cape Fear hosts The Asheville School. When the smoke has cleared on Saturday, I think that CFA will finally win the championshop in a close game. Or maybe I am just hoping the CFA wins.
Next year's new teams wrote on May 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm:
Yes, I know that this season isn't over yet but does anyone know of any confirmed new teams for next year, public or private?

I've heard of two possible new teams in the triangle but haven't been able to confirm them.
Mike wrote on May 15, 2017 at 11:55 pm:
This is a marquee matchup two alpha dogs who have fought and scratched their way to a final four appearance as the hungry CC cougars square of against LN and their wildcats. Looking for two primetime seniors to step up Austin Stewart (Methodist U) for CC and Ryan Caplis (Stevens)for LN. Both these guys going D3, have cannons and can really generate speed to just blow by there defender.
wrote on May 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm:
Does anybody want to give a preview on the private school playoffs as they play in the state semifinals tomorrow?
laxin nc wrote on May 15, 2017 at 11:00 am:
middle creeks schedule isn't Gibbons by any stretch, but the SWAC was still really strong this year as seen by Apex run and the fact that all 6 SWAC playoff teams won a playoff game. The SWAC teams were only eliminated by MC, Gibbons, and Hoggard. They've played Apex twice, Green Hope 3 times, and Hoggard, scrimmage games with NWG, Broughton, Page. Add in 3 games against Holly Springs and 2 against Athens those teams would finish top 2-3 in every other conference in the East.

Regardless of what happens tuesday MC has had a heck of a season and the defense holding hoggard was as impressive as any defensive effort a team has put up this year against an offense people would consider one of the best in the state. both teams are very well tested at this point, but if Gibbons wins it won't be because MC didn't go play 1-2 games against some MD teams. It will just be because they are better. Should be fun.
X-LAX_Dad from Greensboro wrote on May 15, 2017 at 3:25 am:
Here we are down to the last 4 standing in each classification. Went 4 for 4 in last round, so hoping to repeat in this round. Toughest match-up to pick appears to be MC vs. CG, but will address that later.

3A - Cedar Ridge over Chapel Hill by 2-3 goals. I have not seen CR play but have seen their opponent. CR appears to be the 2nd best team in this classification.
Weddington over Cuthbertson - Would expect Weddington to win this by 8-10 goals.

4A - Lake Norman over Charlotte Catholic - LN offense is more consistent and their 'D' is better, as well. Expect this to be 3-4 goal win for the Cats.
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Middle Creek - Very hard to judge just how strong MC is against tough opposition. They have a flawless record but have not played quite the caliber of teams that CG has. See this as the classic - "Offense (MC) sells tickets but defense (CG) wins championships". Have to go with CG with the win by 2 goals. Should be a great contest for the fans and anyone who loves this sport. Would love to be able to watch these two teams go at it in Raleigh.
4A Playoffs wrote on May 14, 2017 at 9:05 pm:
MC vs Gibbons (I believe this is for the state 4A championship). Lake Norman vs Char. Catholic should be a good one but neither team is at the level of Gibbons or MC.
4A Playoffs wrote on May 13, 2017 at 8:08 pm:
The East bracket might not have been perfect but at the end of the day the two most talented teams are in the final 4. MC vs Gibbons should be a very good game.
wrote on May 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm:
Who do you guys think would win in a matchup between Gibbons and Weddington that would be so cool to see them play against each other I would have to go with Weddington by 1 or 2. That would be a awesome game to see.
CLT lax dad from Charotte wrote on May 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm:
What a better game for the final four in the west side. Lake Norman Vs Catholic, one of the best rivalries in the whole state of North Carolina. Everyone always say you must beat catholic or lake Norman to go to the state championship on the west.
Timmy from Enloe wrote on May 13, 2017 at 12:46 pm:
I've been reading about Hoggard and their potent offense all year. Middle Creek put up 17 and look to be the best team in 4A. Semi-finals should be great matchups. MC/Gibbons should go down to the wire, but I like Gibbons to prevail, they've played too many good teams and this is where their SOS will benefit them.

Lake Norman/Catholic should be a great match up as well. These two teams have knocked each other out of playoffs each of the past three years with winner going to Finals, same thing this year. The team with fewer TO's and plays better fundamentally will win, and LKN seems to be the best in the West at limiting mistakes.

Best of Luck to all four teams.
wrote on May 12, 2017 at 7:14 pm:
Cedar Ridge will not contend with Weddington, no chance, Weddington is hands down the best 3A tema
X-Lax_Dad from Greensboro wrote on May 12, 2017 at 2:25 pm:
In response to Lax Dad 23:
I see no possible scenario, unless a plague or hostile aliens were to descend on the Weddington community next week, whereby Weddington does not win the 1A/2A/3A Title this year. I realize "that is why you play the game" and no disrespect to whomever faces them in the Finals, but they are a talented group that could give a good game to any quality NC 4A team - which they have already done this year.
Lax dad 23 wrote on May 12, 2017 at 1:57 pm:
Who will win the 1/2/3 A Bracket. Weddington looks strong but so does cedar ridge who comes out victorious
Mr. Lax wrote on May 11, 2017 at 7:23 pm:
A pathetic showing for me last round going 5 for 8. I need to step my game up!! However, this next round I am very confident with my picks.

Middle Creek over Hoggard, arguably the two best offenses in the state playing against each other. I am confident MC will win this one by 3+.
Gibbons over Apex, outstanding season by the cougars, they are young and will be back in the future. Gibbons is just way too good. Gibbons by 4+

Catholic over Mount Tabor by 5+.

Lake Norman over Reynolds by 4+

3A

Wedding destroys Northern Guilford by 10+
Cuthberson over St. Stephens by 4+
Chapel Hill over Croatan by 4+
3A game of the night: Cedar Ridge over Carrboro by 2+
Medium Lax from CLT wrote on May 11, 2017 at 12:32 pm:
The final 8 teams are pumped and ready to go. This is the type of year where anything could happen. Shoutout to Charlotte Catholic lead by Senior Austin Stewart, expect big things from him and the rest of remaining teams. Best of Luck!
wrote on May 11, 2017 at 4:04 am:
4A predictions:

Gibbons over Apex by 5-6
MC over Hoggard by 1-2
LKN over RJ Reynolds by 4-5
Mt. Tabor over Catholic by 2-3 (my upset pick)
X-LAX_Dad from Greensboro wrote on May 11, 2017 at 2:37 am:
Round 4 Predictions - 4A

I went 7 for 8 in Round 3, so looking to go 4/4 in Round 4.

Cardinal Gibbons over Apex by at least 6 goals. CG too strong on both ends of the field.
Lake Norman over RJ Reynolds by 5 goals. Cats are playing better as season progresses.
Middle Creek over Hoggard in a close game. Nod goes to the home team. See this as a 1-2 goal win with lots of offense from both teams.
Charlotte Catholic victorious in a very close game. See this contest being decided late in the game. Could go either way but going with a team that is now confident and played a much tougher regular season schedule. See that SOS paying off in the playoffs.
Lil Lax wrote on May 11, 2017 at 12:37 am:
Okay I'm just doing what are my playoff predictions, I'm not favoring any teams just pick what's in my gut. I also went 6-8 on my predictions.

Time for Business

Cardinal Gibbons over Apex- by 5 or 6- Gibbons like I said last week no contest, their defense is too good. Apex doesn't have the firepower to play with them.

Hoggard over Middle Creek- by 1 or 2, this maybe a reach but hey anything can happen (CC beats NWG) so why not Middle Creeks D will get tested. But MC's Offense is legit for sure.

R.J. Reynolds over Lake Norman- by 1, Another reach I was wrong last week but I don't know, gut feeling. Plus LN squeaked by AK in OT, Reynolds handled Reagan.

Charlotte Catholic over Mount Tabor- by 3, Catholic is back they proved me wrong and tossed NWG (who I thought was the best in the state)

Final Four Match Ups
CG vs Hoggard
CC vs RJ Reynolds
StickWithUs.org from Charlotte wrote on May 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm:
As we prepare for the 12th Annual NC Great 38 All-Star Lacrosse Game we would like to wish all the teams that are still in the "hunt" best of luck thru the playoffs! Sunday, May 21 face-off at 6:00 pm in the historic Moretz Stadium on the Campus of Lenoir–Rhyne University

A look back at the history of the game:
2016 The 11th Annual NC Great 38 All Star Lacrosse Game. May 22nd, 2016 at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC.
Team Blue 21 - Team Black 14
Team White Goals: Mitch Snyder 3, Peter Pittroff 2, Jono Durham 2, Ryan Young 2, Eric Dickinson 2, Michael O’Brien 2, Ryan Elliott 1, Luke Gentlesk 1, Davis Sampere 1,
Alex McClure 1, Peyton Smith 1, Jack Shelton 1, Cory Van Ginhoven 1, Tommy Deluca 1. Team Black Goals: Davis Ferguson 2, Blake Condron 2, Jack Hayden 1, Jakob Sawicki 1, Christopher Cox 1, John Donohue 1, Jackson Harris 1, Kevin Barry 1, Mark Schachte 1, Brady Elbin 1, Zachery Hutchko 1, Peyton Smith 1.
Team White Assists: Peter Pittroff 3, Ryan Elliott 3, Mitch Snyder 1, Ryan Young 1, Jono Durham 1, Eric Dickinson 1, Luke Gentlesk 1, Davis Sampere 1, Coleman Mitchell 1,
Jake Hogan 1. Team Black Assists: Jack Hayden 2, Jakob Sawicki 2, Christopher Cox 1, Jack Bruno 1. Team White Saves: Kyle Hornig 9, Fischer Schiemer 8.
Team Black Saves: Matt Nunziata 11, Wesley Wagner 5.
Offense MVP: Davis Sampere, Leesville Road. Defense MVP: Matt Nunziata, Butler.

2015 the 10th Annual NC Great 38 All Star Lacrosse Game. May 30, 2015 in Charlotte’s Downtown Memorial Stadium
Team Blue 15 – Team Black 13
Team Blue Goals: CJ Carpenter 3, Shane Hanlon 2, Nick Forbes 2, Walker Rice 2, Jack Rich 2, Julian Taylor 2, Daniel Godwin 1, Sheppard Wilson 1. Team Blue Assists:
CJ Carpenter 3, Shane Hanlon 2, Jackson Monnin 1, Chandler Besser 1, Jack Rich 1, Julian Taylor 1, Luke Koferl 1. Team Blue Saves: Nickolas Arcuri 11, Tate Boyce 5.
Team Black Goals: Drew Lukacs 3, Zach Burges 2, Hunter Van Horn 2, Dan Crotty 1, Ned Hennessey 1, Hudson Harris 1, Carson Song 1, Kyle Asher 1, Brendan Farrell 1.
note: Playing for the first time with the MLL 2 point shot – Drew Lukacs recorded the first ever 2 point shot in the Great 38. Team Black Assists: Benny Thompson 1, Jack Doezer 1, Kyle Asher 1. Team Black Saves: Kevin McKendry 5, John Ruch 4.
Offense MVP: CJ Carpenter, Riverside High School. Defense MVP Kevin McKendry, Cardinal Gibbons.

2014 The 9th Annual NC Great 38, Saturday, May 31 at Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC
Team Blue 18, Team Black 14
Team Blue Goals: Gannon Morrison 6, Colby Lalicker 3, Reid Memmel 3, Will Bost, Dylan Page, Colin Beairsto, Marcus Abrams, Jonah Moore, Scott Baird. Team Blue Assists: Gannon Morrison 2, Will Bost, Chase Scott, Joshua Adams, Jonah Moore.Team Blue Saves: Mitch Renfrow 10, David Meyer 8. Team Black Goals: Davis Weaver 5, Mike Daum 4, Ryan Kendall 2, Connor Pool 2, Bryan Gibson. Team Black Assists: Petey Fabian, Ryan Kendall, Josh Catchoorian, Team Black Saves: Reilly McDermott 13, Tim Brady 6.
Offense MVP Gannon Morrison-Cardinal Gibbons High School; Defense CO-MVP’s Reilly McDermott-Marvin Ridge High School & Mitch Renfrow-Providence Day.

2013 The 8th Annual NC Great 38, Sunday, May 19 at Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
Team Black 19, Team Blue 16
Team Black Goals: Reid Foley 4, Nick Sawyer 3, Nick Damiano 2, Patric Regan 2, Randon Hassell 2, Steve Onak, Tony Asher, Chris Lombardi, Luke Sieber, Tommy Voelkel,
Jack Pedernales. Team Black Assists: Steve Onak 6, Reid Foley, Nick Sawyer, Patric Regan, Rufus Terry, Ethan Tingler. Team Black Saves: Austin Nelli 12, Eric Zelina 7.
Team Blue Goals: Danny Dorsett 4, Michael Hart 3, Justin Phifer 2, Connor Flynn 2, Bryan Kos, Ty Kelly, Derek Sweet, Thomas Grove, Will Donohue.Team Blue Assists: Bryan Kos 4, Stephen Wierzbicki 2, Danny Dorsett, Connor Flynn, Jonathan Henry, Jacob Hargrove, Robbie Bugbee. Team Blue Saves: Byron Fairley 7, Duffy Suhr 3.
Offense MVP Reid Foley-Myers Park HS; Defense CO-MVP’s Austin Nelli-Cardinal Gibbons HS & Byron Fairley-Hoggard HS.

2012 The 7th Annual NC Great 38. Sunday, May 20 at Catawba College, Salisbury, NC
Team Black 14, Team Blue 13
Team Black Goals: Zack Holtz 2, Danny Brown 2, Jake Koferl 2, Connor Prevost 2, Marshall Burlingame, Walker Bettison, Tyler Van Horn, Ben Huger, Angus Musser, Andy Teasdall. Team Black Assists: Sam Lindsay 2, Drew Marsden 1, Danny Brown, Walker Bettision, Ben Huger, Danny Lucas. Team Black Saves: Chris Hawley 8, Merrick Osborne 5,
Matt Sigmund 3. Team Blue Goals: Cole Aboujlie 3, Connor Kennedy 2, Dane Angell 2, Will Scott 2, Matt Skowron 2, Baylor Koch, Stephen Windsor.
Team Blue Assists: Connor Kennedy 2, Carson Clough 2, Cole Aboujilie, Josh Thompson. Team Blue Saves: Talal Alvie 6, Pete Shammas 4, Sam Hartley 3
Offense MVP Connor Kennedy-Weddington HS; Defense MVP Chris Hawley-Wakefield HS

2011 The 6th Annual NC Great 38. Sunday, May 23, at Catawba College Salisbury, NC
Team Black 15, Team Blue 12
Team Black Goals: John Coyne 5, Chandler Zirkle 2, Steven Augustine 1, Devin Peters 1, Hunter Edens 1, Thomas Passenant 1, Brad Burnam 1, Adam Hebert 1,
Jonathan Avedesian 1, Spencer Wichert 1. Team Black Assists: Hunter Edens 2, Brad Burnam 2, Jonathan Avedesian 2, Spencer Wichert 1. Team Black Saves:Branner Getz 8,
Emil Weiss 7. Team Blue Goals: Ryan Lucey 3, Mitchell Dupere 2, Thomas Armstrong 2, Trent Evans 1, Sam Rush 1, Sam Haus 1, Taylor Thilo 1, Charlie Pontiakos 1.
Team Blue Assists: Mitchell Dupere 1, Sam Rush 1, Jay Goldsmith 1. Thomas Armstrong 1. Team Blue Saves: Jake Flynn 13, Lane Beach 7
Offense MVP: John Coyne-Christ School. Defense MVP: Jake Flynn-Providence Day School.

2010 The 5th Annual NC Great 38. Sunday, May 16 at Queen University, Charlotte, NC.
Team Blue 18, Team Black 11.
Goals Team Blue 18: Braxton Deaver 3, Austin Hardy 3, William Lowe 3, Steven Ridolfo 3, Matt Sawyer 2, Cam Feldman 1, Nathan Poulos 1, John Scheich 1, Stephen Wistner 1. Team Black 11: Michael Italiano 3, Kord Scharfenberg 2, Konnor Scroggins 2, Kevin Sherrill 2, Kevin DePopas 1, Anthony Mangili 1.
Assists. Team Blue: John Scheich 3, Dave D’Alessandro 2, Cam Feldman 2, Austin Hardy 1, Gage Mason 1, Joseph Pazl 1, Sam Pulliam 1, Steven Ridolpho 1.
Team Black: Josh Campbell 2, Konnor Scroggins 2, Michael Italiano 1, Alex Vanderhoff 1. Saves. Team Black Partrick Kiernan 14, William Anderson 10 Team Blue: Graham Kawula 13, Jordan Taylor 7.
MVP’S Offense MVP Steven Ridolfo, Providence High School. Defense MVP Jordan Taylor, Ardrey Kell High School.

2009 The 4th Annual NC Great 38. Sunday, May 31 at Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, NC.
Team Black 19, Team Blue 17
Goals Team Black 19: Taylor Bethea 6, Jack Gibbs 3, Matt Enzweiler 2, Jack Teasdale 2, Patrick Mueller 1, Connor Bennett 1, Hadley Jennings 1, Zach Sweet 1, Craig Loeber 1, Andy Metzger 1. Team Blue 17: Bill Nifong 6, Tucker Hull 2, Kip Haddock 2, Robert Aycock 1, Kevin Hornik 1, Miladd Hafezi 1, Derek Watts 1, Taylor Barker 1, Will Baker 1,
Ty Baugh 1. Assists: Team Black: Jimmy Core 2, Connor Bennett 2, Patrick Mueller 1, John Haus 1, Craig Loeber 1. Team Blue: Tucker Hull 3, Derek Watts 2, Jackson Bunn 2, Kevin Hornik 1, Miladd Hafezi 1, Ty Baugh 1.
Saves. Team Black RJ Barnett 8, Addison Williams 9. Team Blue: Josh Liptak 8, Pete Wesselman 7.
Offense MVP Taylor Bethea, Christ School. Defense MVP Spencer Patrick, Providence Day School.

2008 The 3rd Annual NC Great 38. Saturday, May 31 at Queens University, Charlotte, NC
Team Blue 15, Team Black 11
GOALS Blue: AJ Tingle 4, Ryan Slay 3, Matt Love 2, Jonathan Elsasser 2, Logan Corey, Brett Kelley, Quinn Struble, Parker Wilson. Black: RJ Sweeney, 3, Austin Whitsell 2,
Colin Bosse 2, William Scroggs, Grant Fowler, Michael Sawyer, Chris Michell.

ASSISTS Blue: AJ Tingle 2, Matt Love 2, Logan Corey 2, Andrew Tanneberger, Brett Kelley, Jonathan Elsasser. Black: Michael Sawyer 2, Russell Cummings.
SAVES Blue: Merrick Reiland 11, Bryan Romaine 8. Black: Kyle Goddard 6, Matt Patterson 6
Offense MVP: AJ Tingle, Green Hope High School. Defense MVP: Merrick Reiland, Cardinal Gibbons High School

2007 The 2nd Annual NC Great 38. Sunday, June 2 at Queens University, Charlotte, NC
Team Black 19, Team Blue 11
Goals: Team Blue: Seph Secoura 2, Tim Woolley 2, Casey Leeper 2,Lance Landvater 2, Tony Mendes, Kyle Knoll, John Chipouras. Team Black: Andrew Tanneberger 3,
Bob Kercher 3, Ian Grady 3, BJ Leighton 2, Josh Tomlinson 2, Patrick Cavanaugh 2, Mark Bowler 2, Brian Reynolds, Kyle Rockey.
Assists: Team Blue: Tony Mendes 3, Tim Woolley, Taylor Mendoza,Seph Secoura, Mike James. Team Black: Chase Hayes 2, Mark Bowler, Brian Reynolds, Bob Kercher.
Offense MVP: Anthony Mendes-East Chapel Hill. Defense MVP: Stepen Thorn-Cardinal Gibbons

2006 The First Ever NC Great 38. Sunday, June 10 at Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, NC
Team Blue 13, Team Black 10
Goals: Team Blue-Joe Howard 4; McKenzie Mann 2; Hayes Ashcraft 2; Chris Ragazzo 1; Nick Desper 1; Zachary Garcia 1; Michael Sawyer 1; Brandon Phelps 1
Team Black: Brian Foley 2; Tommy D’Alessandro 2; Colin Sherwood 2; Wiatt Farrar 1; Even Helda 1; Whit Kelly 1; Nick Patrone 1
Assists: Team Blue- Chase Hayes 3; Jordan Williams 2; Chris Ragazzo 2; Joe Howard 1; McKenzie Mann 1; Michael Sawyer 1; Hayes Ashcraft 1 Team Black: Andrew Shaw 2; Tommy D’Alessandro2; Nick Patrone 1; Wiatt Farrar 1
Offense MVP: Joe Howard-CE Jordan HS. Defense MVP: Wally McGregor-East Chapel Hill HS
4A PLAYOFFS wrote on May 10, 2017 at 11:30 am:
Charlotte Catholic with a very big win over NW Guilford. Apex also with a nice win. I must admit I didn't expect the Hoggard 21-6 over Leesville. I think it will be MC vs CG in the East and Lake Norman vs Char. Catholic in the West. Should be a fun Friday night!
RedRocket wrote on May 10, 2017 at 3:26 am:
I'm back and here to stay! Some upsets, close games, and some blowouts to start it off Catholic beats NWG, LN beats AK in a nail biter, and Weddington blows out Marvin Ridge. I also have to add that Lil Lax was wrong on a lot of the predictions not trying to hate but to be real.
Mr. Lax wrote on May 9, 2017 at 5:59 pm:
Lil Lax! Welcome to the party. I think you make some great points in your predictions. Here are my predictions,

Broughton over Apex by 1. I think the Caps get it done, this will be the best game in my opinion.

Gibbons over Jordan by 10+

Middle Creek over Green Hope by 3+

Leesville upsets Hoggard by 1, each year in the second round there is usually a crazy upset, figured i'd guess this one.

Reynolds over Reagan by 4

Mount Tabor over SWG by 10

Lake Norman over Adrey Kell by 2

Game of the night: NWG over Catholic by 4
CLT Lax from Charlotte wrote on May 9, 2017 at 4:42 pm:
RE: local players - How about Natalie Wallon? Starting for #6 Syracuse as a Sophomore. Not too shabby. But maybe you were just talking about guys lacrosse...
X-LAX_Dad from Greensboro wrote on May 8, 2017 at 3:06 am:
Round 3 Predictions:

We are now seeing some better match-ups due to the top teams overcoming (as expected) the crazy playoff seeding. No worries, though, as the cream always rises to the top.

Apex over Broughton - I see this game as closer than most people would think - in the end I have to go with Apex by no more than 3.
CG over Jordan - CG will prevail by at least 8.
MC over Green Hope - Middle Creek's undefeated season continues for a little while longer.
Hoggard over L. Road - Too much "O" from Hoggard.
Lake Norman over Ardrey Kell - Lake Norman is playing better and stronger at the end of the season. See this as a 2 goal win for the Cats.
RJ Reynolds over Reagan - Close contest - see this as a 2-4 goal game.
Mount Tabor/EF over SW Guilford - Mt. Tabor has the "1" seed and will get this round victory but will not prevail at the next round.
NW Guilford over Charlotte Catholic - 2 perennial contenders with quality programs over the years. See this as a 3-4 goal win for NWG but should be a great contest for the fans.
Lil Lax wrote on May 7, 2017 at 11:34 pm:
3rd Round Predictions

Apex over Broughton- by 1, Broughton has had a pretty easy schedule, I like Apex in this one

Cardinal Gibbons over Jordan- by alot, this one is really no contest, no shade to Jordan but CG is loaded.

Middle Creek over Green Hope- by 1, hard to beat a team three times in a season so GH will make it close

Hoggard over Leesville Road- by 4 or 5, Hoggards offense with overwhelm LRs D

Ardrey Kell over Lake Norman- by 5, don't think LN has the defense to play with AK... upset

R.J. Reynolds over Reagan- by 7 or 8, reagan coming of a big win over Page that's the peak of their season I like Reynolds in this one

East Forsyth/ Mount Tabor over Southwest Guilford- by 10, the winner of Forsyth and Mount Tabor with overpower SWG. I also feel Mount tabor will beat forsyth

Northwest Guilford over Charlotte Catholic- by 9 or 10, NWG will play too fast and will be too strong, there offense is too good and they play great team defense.

Round 4 Matchups
Apex vs CG
MC vs Hoggard
AK vs RJ Reynolds
MT vs NWG
wrote on May 7, 2017 at 10:53 pm:
Marvin Ridge Grad Jonah Moore @ Furman
3 year starter, leading Furman in points for the third year with 12 G / 22 A. Jonah ranked #6 in total points in SoCon and #3 in total assists in SoCon. 85 total points in 39 career games.

Weddington Grad Stephen Wierzbicki @ Furman
Finished his senior year strong with 17G / 10 A.

Furman went 6-1 in SoCon this year and shared the conference championship with Richmond and Air Force.
Predictions wrote on May 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm:
Broughton narrowly defeats Apex, however I think this will be the best game.
Gibbons destroys Jordan/ New Bern
Middle Creek beats Green Hope handily
Hoggard rolls past Leesville
NCLaxFan wrote on May 6, 2017 at 11:54 am:
Green Hope 12 - New Hanover 7. Green Hope jumped up 4-0 and didn't let it get closer to 3. GH played with intensity but had lots of turnovers and didn't take advantage of numerous man-ups. New Hanover is a solid team especially on defense, so it was disappointing to see them resort to cheap shots and "extra-curricular" activity. Aidan Callahan led GH with 6 goals, frosh LSM Ryan Cammarata controlled the middle of the field, and the GH def clamped down in the second half. GH moves on to play #1 Middle Creek. MC was dominant in their previous two encounters.
wrote on May 6, 2017 at 11:45 am:
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association held its annual board of directors meeting on Wednesday. Of the multiple decisions on the docket, here were the biggest changes made that will go in affect for the 2017-18 athletic season.

NEW PLAYOFFS, BRACKETING, QUALIFICATION AND SEEDING PROCEDURE.........

3. Playoff system for wrestling, tennis and lacrosse will go back to pre-determined brackets.
4A Playoffs wrote on May 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm:
The 4A playoff seedings are a "joke" for the following reasons:

Teams are seeded within categories by record which gives an incentive for teams to play an easier schedule. The result is that a team like Cardinal Gibbons didn't lose in NC but has only a 5 seed in the East because they challenged themselves with a very difficult schedule. Does anyone really believe Hoggard or New Bern deserve to be seeded higher than Gibbons?

In the West, Watuaga and Porter Ridge got automatic bids and high seeds as conference champions because they were the only 4a teams in their respective conferences. Perhaps there is a logic for rewarding 3a teams for playing in mostly 4a conferences but rewarding 4a teams for playing with smaller schools is ridiculous. The result of giving those schools higher seeds is some very good teams getting low seeds.

Putting aside changes that need to be made to the system, the NCHSAA doesn't even follow their own procedures. The poster below questioned why Lake Norman (number 1 seed in the West) plays Myers Park and potentially Ardrey Kell (both in the top 10 in the state in Laxpower rankings) in its first two games. The short answer is that the NCHSAA for whatever reason didn't use Myers Park's correct record to set the seedings resulting in a lower seed for Myers Park and a tougher match up for Lake Norman.

In summary, the playoff seedings are flawed both by design and poor implementation.
We Talkin Playoffs?! wrote on May 5, 2017 at 3:27 pm:
For those questioning the seeds, take a look at the video on the NCHSAA website that describes the seeding process. In general, the seeding process is driven by the teams' overall records and NOT conference records, strength of schedule, RPI, in-state games only, etc. Conference records and MaxPrep rankings can come into play if a tie-breaker is necessary between teams with the same overall record. But otherwise it's purely the overall record without considering how that record was generated. In some cases, this means that a team that played a more difficult schedule a lost a few games as a result end up with a worse seed than a team that won more games while playing a much easier schedule. With this method of seeding, it appears that NCHSAA doesn't want to be in the business of subjectively evaluating the actual quality of each team like, for example, the NCAA basketball tournament seeding process. They probably just don't the time and resources to do that given the short turnaround between the end of the regular season/conference playoffs and the beginning of the state playoffs.
Mr. Lax wrote on May 5, 2017 at 3:09 pm:
Not a great opening round for me only going 6-8. I hope for better luck tonight and beyond.

Apex over Wakefield by 3+ . Wakefield has the talent to pull the upset, but I think Apex will get the job done.
Broughton over Jack Britt by 8+
Gibbons destroys Panther Creek by 10+
Middle Creek beats Holly Springs by 6+
Hoggard over Athens by 4+
Green Hope over New Hanover by 4+
Best Matchup: Leesville over Heritage by 1+
Jordan over New Bern by 2+

Western Side
Ardrey Kell over Grimsley by 8
Catholic over Butler by 6
Page over Reagan by 4
Mount Tabor over E. Forsyth by 4
Northwest Guilford over Hough by 8
Reynolds over Porter Ridge by 3
Southwest Guilford over Watauga by 3
GAME of the night: Lake Norman over Myers Park by 2
wrote on May 5, 2017 at 2:51 pm:
Cardinal Gibbons Grad & THLC player
Gannon Morrison @ Marist
2017: All-MAAC First Team... Notched his 100th career point in his 40th game when Marist played UMBC on March 11.
THLC and HPU Fan wrote on May 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm:
Broughton Grad - Mitch Snyder @ High Point
2017: Placed seventh on the team with 13 points and 10 goals while dishing out three assists ... Finished the season on a tear scoring six goals in the final three games of the season ... Played in all 14 games making four starts ... Appeared in the Purple & White for the first time in the season opener at Duke on Feb. 10 ... Recorded his first career hat trick in the win over Jacksonville on April 22.

Leesville Grad - Davis Sampere @ High Point
2017: Played in 10 games with two starts for the Panthers ... Went 17-of-46 (.370) at the face-off 'X' while picking up 13 ground balls on the year ... Made his debut in the Purple & White winning five face-offs and picking up six ground balls against Georgetown (2/14) ... Went 5-of-9 against Jacksonville on April 22 while picking up two ground balls.
Heritage pulls defeat out of the jaws of victory... wrote on May 5, 2017 at 2:40 am:
Heritage plays 3 great quarters but then plays not to lose instead of playing to win. Leesville pulls out a win after being outplayed most of the game.

Heritage out hustled and out excecuted LR until early in the 4th Q and then like so many teams before them in all sports, they went into defense mode instead of staying on the attack and ending up losing.

Good game to watch, not a great game, but a good game.
james from charlotte wrote on May 5, 2017 at 12:13 am:
Cory Vaginhoven (Butler) has had a nice freshman year for Stoneybrook D1 including 7 goals against Brown. Tate Boyce (team Carolina/MacCallie/Matthews) was GK of the year in the Big East for Providence College.
That's all I know about local Charlotte kids doing well in D1, can't say most of the local kids who have gone on to D1 have found great success on the playing field.

Hope people can add some names to the list.....
wrote on May 5, 2017 at 12:03 am:
Michael O'Brien (Catholic) had a terrific year for Mercer earning SOCON All-Freshman team and All-Conference.
Bracket from charlotte wrote on May 4, 2017 at 8:35 pm:
The 4A lacrosse brackets are a joke.
Most of the higher seeded teams won last night? That shouldn't happen.
How is CG a 5 seed, when they went 6-0 in their conference?
wrote on May 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm:
Typo Myers park won 20-2
Myers Park Upset? wrote on May 4, 2017 at 2:55 pm:
Was Myers Park really upset by Southeast Guilford last night? The score on Max Preps is showing a 20-2 victory, which was expected but in favor of MP.
wrote on May 4, 2017 at 6:39 am:
Any local players make a big impact in division 1 this year? It looks most of the local players are tearing it up in division 2 and 3, but I've yet to hear anything about a local player making a splash in division 1.
wrote on May 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm:
MC has nothing to loose. They are Not expected to win. Gibbons however, is. Loosing their last 3 in a row has to have them feeling the pressure. It gets harder and harder to tote that legacy year after year.
Queen City Lacrosse from Charlotte wrote on May 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm:
On the girls side, how did Cardinal Gibbons end up as a 3 seed? Only 2 losses were against nationally-ranked opponents. 1 and 2 seed in the East didn't play anyone outside of NC (and Broughton lost to the 5 seed from the West). Seems like playing a challenging regular season is not rewarded.
wrote on May 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm:
I don't think Middle Creek will pose a threat to Gibbons. The 2 teams that might put up a good fight are NWG and Lake Norman. Both are battle tested and solid teams, MC just hasn't been tested with competition yet.
Panther Creek over Millbrook wrote on May 3, 2017 at 2:09 am:
Not a very well played game, lots of unforced turnovers by both teams. PC was just a little better in the polished skill department and Millbrook was throwing the ball at the GK rather than shooting most of the time. When they shot, M'brk scored; when they threw the ball, the PC GK made easy saves.

10-9 at half in favor of PC; 5-0 PC second half and that was the story.

I think that it will likely be a running clock early in the second half at Gibbons on Friday unless Gibbons just takes the air out of the ball.
BigN from Raleigh wrote on May 3, 2017 at 1:50 am:
So how is it the odds on favorite to win the 4A title a 5th seed in the East?
3a wrote on May 3, 2017 at 1:32 am:
Who will win 3A?
wrote on May 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm:
Gotta play the games, but if anyone but Cardinal Gibbons and Weddington take home championships, I would be shocked. Potential fly in the ointment for CG is Middle Creek. 3A will be smooth sailing for Weddington.
Mr. Lax wrote on May 2, 2017 at 2:49 am:
The regular season is now behind us. It is time for my post season predictions.

JH Rose over Jack Britt by 1-3 goals
Millbrook over Panther Creek by 1-3 goals
Holly Springs over Laney by 5-7 goals
Athens Drive over East Chapel Hill by 2-4 goals

Western
Butler over Southern Alamance by 2-4 goals
East Forsyth over Mooresville by 2
Reagan over Pinecrest by 3
Myers Park over SouthEast Guilford by 10+
NCLaxFan wrote on May 1, 2017 at 8:08 pm:
The playoff seeding process is much improved over previous years. In the 4A East, it sets up a potential Final Four of Broughton-Gibbons and Middle Creek-Hoggard. But, I see some potential upsets. In 2nd round, I think Wakefield can beat Apex if they can get 50-50 on faceoffs. If Apex wins, then don't be surprised if they go on to upset Broughton. I also think the winner of Leesville-Heritage has a good shot at beating Hoggard. Ultimately, I think it comes down to Gibbons-Middle Creek. MC has been so consistently explosive that I was favoring them, until I saw Gibbons play Landon close 8-5. In the playoffs, I always bet on defense. So, I think it will once again be Cardinal Gibbons representing the East in the public school championship.
Clt lax from Charlotte wrote on May 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm:
Well, it doesn't look like Lake Norman got rewarded for their regular season. Potential first and second games against Myers Park and then Ardrey Kell? Come on!
Playoff Brackets wrote on May 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm:
http://www.nchsaa.org/sports/lacrosse

Since no one has posted it yet...
We Talkin Playoffs?! wrote on May 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm:
How does home field advantage work in the new seeding process—does subregion seeding or overall regional seeding determine? It looks like they did match ups based on subregion rankings, but home field is based on overall regional seeding. In most cases it’s the same, but for example New Hanover is a 4 seed in East subregion/10 seed in overall East region. Green Hope is #5 seed in Mideast and #8 in overall East region. Bracket says game will be played at Green Hope even though GH is 5 seed and NH is 4 seed. Only explanation is the higher seed in the overall region gets the home game.
AbusedThumbToe from omdmFogo wrote on May 1, 2017 at 3:30 pm:
Playoffs are upon us Boys!!! Where Heroes are made!
MuchoShaw wrote on May 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm:
Brackets just released, Gibbons and NWG are 3 seeds. Catholic a 2 seed. Predictions now that brackets are out.
Mr.Lax wrote on May 1, 2017 at 2:58 am:
Laxdog,
Dang!!! I guess I was only off by 17 goals.. Thats why I stick to the 4A east haha
Jeff Spear from Raleigh wrote on May 1, 2017 at 2:41 am:
Late night for the Bull City All-Star Selection Committee. We had 206 players nominated by 92 coaches. It was an extremely competitive process with a lot of hard decisions to make. Invitations will go out this week. Thanks to all the coaches who nominated their most deserving seniors. Great support! We hope to get a great crowd out to Koskinen Stadium on Sat, Jun 3. Come cheer on your teammates, and help us raise money for the NCHSAA Tony Cullen Memorial Scholarship and the Duke Cancer Institute.

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TheBullet43 wrote on April 30, 2017 at 11:04 pm:
Who's ready for playoffs crazy to think it's playoff time
David from Charlotte, NC wrote on April 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm:
Exhilarating rematch at Charlotte Catholic between the Cougars and the Myers Park Mustangs. Earlier in the season, when these teams met, it was all Myers Park. The Mustangs dominated all game and gave Charlotte Catholic no breathing room. Friday night started off and looked to recapture the first matchup as the Mustangs got out to a 4-0 lead in the first couple of minutes. #23 Barnes and #2 Kelly showed their offensive firepower against Catholic and couldn't be stopped. As the game progressed, #10 Bagnato, the Catholic goalkeeper stood on his head making multiple key saves throughout the game, and kept Catholic ahead 5-4 at the break. The third quarter was neck and neck and set up for a great close to the game. The Cougars efficient offense, led by #12 Thompson (2) and #2 Byrne (2), kept pushing the Cougars ahead of Myers Park. Late in the fourth quarter, sophomore #2 Kelly spearheaded the comeback and helped draw the Mustangs level late in the fourth. A last-second chance was missed on a faulty fast break for the Cougars that would have sealed the game. Overtime followed and Myers Park, after winning the face-off, lost possession to a crease violation, and awarded possession to Charlotte Catholic. On the other end, sophomore marksman, #4 Bohmer took a step-down shot for the OT win. Great game all around showcasing the Conference 12 strength that gave the Cougars revenge against rival Myers Park.
Laxdog from Raleigh wrote on April 29, 2017 at 1:33 pm:
Mr Lax, Durham Academy over Ravenscroft by 3?
Try Ravenscroft 21 and DA 7.
NCLaxFan wrote on April 29, 2017 at 11:03 am:
Green Hope 11 - Athens Drive 8. Good SWAC game and closer than expected; it was senior night for AD and they are fighting for playoffs while GH was playing third straight game. AD FOGO was consistent allowing them to control ball with patient 6 on 6. GH Def (Colpo, Kearns, Lux) were very physical on AD's best player, #22 Padden, who was visibly worn down by end of game. GH goalie had as good a second half as you'll see, repeatedly stuffing point-blank shots and using every part of his body to finish with 18 saves. AD should still make playoffs and won't be an easy out. GH finishes tied for second in SWAC with Apex but GH owns the head-to-head point differential; not sure if that determines seeding.
Clt lax from Charlotte wrote on April 28, 2017 at 4:54 pm:
Let the play offs begin. Best of luck to all Charlotte area teams as they get ready to begin playoffs next week. Represent the best area of lax in NC well
wrote on April 27, 2017 at 7:26 pm:
Three more local players are making an impact at IL #8 Denison (Div III).

Will Donohue (Latin, Class of 2013), is a senior attackman and captain of the Denison squad, playing this weekend for the conference championship. Will scored career goal 100 last weekend placing him top 15 of all time.

Owen Armstrong, Latin Class of 2015 (sophomore), is a first line midfielder at Denison having a strong season with 22 goals and 6 assists. Peter Pittroff, Charlotte Country Day class of 2016 (freshman) has 10 goals and 9 assists.

Denison is ranked #8th in DIII. Good luck in the NCAAs.
James from Charlotte wrote on April 26, 2017 at 12:28 pm:
Nice to see local players making an impact in the college ranks, congratulations to the following players for making the first team All SAC team in D2.

Drew Thompson, Providence High/Wingate
Shane Gottberg, Lake Norman/Lenior Rhyne
Daniel Godwin, Grimsley/Wingate
Eric Dickinson, Myers Park/Lenior Rhyne
Colin Lett, Northwest Guilford/Lenor Rhyne

Dickinson won freshman of the year, Godwin had won it the previous year.
CoastLax wrote on April 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm:
I watched Hoggard win another conference title and if there is two better attackman than Gunner Philipp (Army) and Luke Frankeny (Mount St Mary's) I look forward to watching them play. These are two very special players that can take over a game.
Jeff Spear from Raleigh, NC wrote on April 25, 2017 at 4:16 am:
Bull City All-Stars~Cullen Classic for Cancer

Reminder: Our nomination deadline is this Friday, Apr 28

Please nominate via this link: www.bullcityallstarlax.com/nominate

We look forward to hosting the Top 50 senior, female players and the Top 50 senior, male players from across the state.

Saturday, Jun 3, Koskinen Stadium, Duke University

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Mr. Lax wrote on April 25, 2017 at 2:11 am:
Week 9 Ranking
1. Gibbons
2. Middle Creek
3. Broughton
4. Apex
5. Hoggard
6. Leesville
7. Green Hope
8. Jordan
9. Heritage
10. New Hanover

Bad week for me last week as I went 6-9.

A HUGE week ahead.

Cap 8 Game of the Week
Broughton over Heritage by 2+

Cedar Ridge over Northwood by 6+
Chapel Hill over Orange by 2+
Middle Creek over Green Hope by 8+
New Hanover over Ashley by 6+
Heritage over Carrboro by 6+
Green Hope over Athens by 4+
Cedar Ridge over Chapel Hill by 3+

GAME OF THE WEEK
Middle Creek over Apex by 1+

Orange over Northwood by 6+
Durham Academy over Ravenscroft by 3+
Wakefield over Millbrook by 2+
Johnny LAX wrote on April 24, 2017 at 12:59 pm:
Not a good week last week going 4-9 with a lot of games being decided by 1-2 goals. Here are my rankings going into the last week of the regular season.

1. Gibbons
2. Middle Creek
3. Broughton
4. Hoggard
5. Apex - Won the second meeting.
6. GH - They need to prove that they can be consistent before they go into the top 5.
7. Leesville - Beat Heritage for the second time. Second best team in Conf. 4
8. Heritage - They are on the edge of jumping up a number of spots. Need to win the close games
9. Jordan - getting hot at the right time.
10. Millbrook - With the Holly Springs loss to PC last week this opens the door for Millbrook who played Heritage tight and has a huge rivalry game vs. Wakefield on Friday.

Games to watch:
Tuesday:
Broughton over Heritage by 4
Chapel Hill over Orange by 2
Middle Creek over GH by 7

Friday:
GH over Athens by 8
Cedar Ridge over Chapel Hill by 3
Middle Creek over Apex by 10
Millbrook over Wakefield by 3

A lot of playoff implications this week. Conf.4 & 5 have a lot of big games to see who gets in and seeding.
Conf. 3 will see their top 3 teams battle as MC plays GH and Apex this week.
Triangle Lax wrote on April 24, 2017 at 12:41 pm:
If you are looking to keep track of playoff scenarios check out our site that has everything broken down.

We will be updating as the week goes along.

Trianglelax.com
Mike from CLT from Charlotte wrote on April 24, 2017 at 2:15 am:
Lake Norman went up to Long Island for spring break. They went undefeated and showed out up North. Brugger has the Wildcats on another state championship run. I'm excited for another run by the boys on the lake. They have the hardest schedule in North Carolina and it shows in the playoffs
wrote on April 22, 2017 at 6:49 pm:
Great game between Heritage and Leesville last night. While Heritage lost 10-9 (OT), they are still in the hunt to be co-conference champs if they can beat Broughton next week. Here's the current Conf 4 standings, based on the actual 9-game conf games which count

Broughton 6-0
Leesville 6-1
Heritage 6-1
Wakefield 4-3
Millbrook 4-3
Garner 3-4
Enloe 3-4
Sanderson 1-6
Wake Forest 1-6
Rolesville 0-7

Regardless of who ends up conf champions, it looks like Conf 4 will get at least 5 teams in the state playoffs. Garner probably won't make it, but has really improved their program this year!
TimmyLax wrote on April 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm:
Leesville vs. Heritage, I think Heritage beats Leesville by 3+ goals tonight
from Clt wrote on April 20, 2017 at 8:55 pm:
In the new playoff system do watuaga and porter ridge get automatic berths and high seeds?
LAx god wrote on April 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm:
Weddington vs AK Summary

Weddington seemed ready to go this game. It was a close game till the end then weddington began to take over led by Leonard (Furman) and Shipley (U Penn). Ardrey Kell just didnt have what it took to get past weddingtons powerful offense
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from Clt wrote on April 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm:
Under the new system, seemingly minor changes make a big difference. For example, if Butler squeaks in to the playoffs than Mt Tabor is in the Midwest, otherwise they are playing all of the Charlotte teams in the West. There is the same issue in Raleigh where the exact dividing line moves with who makes the playoffs.
wrote on April 19, 2017 at 2:03 pm:
In new playoff system, only the actual conference champion matters - tier 1 seed. If a conference has a tournmanent, and that champion is different than the regular season champion - then they are a tier 2 seed.

All other teams are tier 3 seeds, and only their overall winning percentage matters. Second place, third place, etc. in a conference no longer matter for playoff selection or playoff seeding.
wrote on April 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm:
Good recap of Apex win over GH. Apex goalie is good, but it was the GH goalie who really stood out. The kid had 6-8 big saves where Apex probably should have scored. He's the best goalie I've seen in Triangle this year.
wrote on April 19, 2017 at 1:58 pm:
The seeding process has changed. No more "Preliminary brackets". No more pre-determined slots for each conference. Yes, out-of-state opponent games count. All 17 games count.

Read more here: http://www.nchsaa.org/seeding-process

There's a video too!

It will be much harder to predict matchups the week prior, because the NCHSAA won't split teams by sub-region until the 20 qulifitying teams in each region (East & West) are determined.
WE TALKING PLAYOFFS?! wrote on April 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm:
When does NCHSAA generally release preliminary brackets (i.e., brackets showing how each conference will be slotted)? Also, some NC teams have played out-of-state opponents. Do those games get counted for seeding purposes?
NCLaxFan wrote on April 19, 2017 at 2:05 am:
Apex 11 - Green Hope 9. Great high school lacrosse game. Back and forth in 1st half, then GH opened 8-5 lead in 3Q before Apex went on 6 goal run. Apex #13 Lalicker was the player-of-game with 6 goals. GH didn't stop his left-hand alley dodge and never won a faceoff; that was the difference. The two goalies (Sasser-Apex, Ryan-GH) are the best in the area and put on a show. Apex and GH are now tied for second in SWAC.
Cats wrote on April 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm:
I would not go to sleep on New Hanover. Besides two early losses at AK and a loss at Hoggard when they were missing starters they have been very good. They had a dominant performance vs CFA winning 18-6. When healthy their defense is very good and have some talent on offense as well.
TriadLaxGuy wrote on April 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm:
Regarding the 4A final four question below, I think you have the best two teams from each of the East and West regions, but unless I've missed something the preliminary brackets have not come out yet so that we can see whether it's possible to have those 4 teams in the final four.
Johnny LAX wrote on April 17, 2017 at 4:13 pm:
A little late to the party last week but went 3-3
First rankings below
1. Gibbons - Strongest team until proven otherwise.
2. Middle Creek - If they played Gibbons it would be a great battle. A lot of their success is because of their offense and their f/o guy giving them those chances.
3. Broughton - Undefeated and earned this spot. Big gap between 2 & 3.
4. Hoggard - Their consistent play puts them here. They will roll the rest of their schedule. If GH can beat Apex tomorrow they will jump Hoggard.
5. Green Hope - Been inconsistent as of late and started really slow. Only 1 conference loss puts them here. Big game tomorrow.
6. Apex - Ok showing at Northwest. If that is a sign of an improved defense they could be really tough. A win tomorrow puts them back in the mix for the top 2 spots in Conf. 3
7. Heritage - These guys are for real. Nothing against Leesville or Jordan but Heritage can/will prove a lot this week.
8. Leesville - Will jump Heritage if they win this week.
9. Jordan - Really improved from last year. I don't think anyone wants to see them in the playoffs.
10. Holly Springs - A couple of silly losses but they are 4th best team in conf. 3 which puts them ahead of the rest.

Predictions this week:

Monday:
Carrboro over Orange by 4
Millbrook over Enloe by 8

Tuesday:
GOW - Green Hope over Apex by 1

Wednesday:
Heritage over Millbrook by 3

Friday:
Cedar Ridge over East CH by 2
Chapel Hill over Carrboro by 3
Holly Springs over Athens by 4
Hoggard over New Hanover by 10
Heritage over Leesville by 3

This week is huge for seeding in conf. 3 & 4. Will be interesting to see who comes off of Spring Break with the most fire.
Jeff Spear from Raleigh, NC wrote on April 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm:
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Mr. Lax wrote on April 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm:
Week 8 rankings

Here are my week 8 rankings.

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

Because none of these teams (other than Apex) had any games, the rankings will stay the same for week 7.

Last week I had a pretty good week going
6-7.

Monday
Carrboro over Orange by 3+
Millbrook over Enloe by 6+

Tuesday
GAME OF THE WEEK:
Apex gets revenge on Green Hope by 3+

Wednesday
Heritage gets revenge on Millbrook by 4+

Friday
Cedar Ridge beats East Chapel Hill by 2+
Chapel Hill beats Carrboro by 1+
Holly Springs beats Athens by 2+
Hoggard beats New Hanover by 10+
Leesville beats Heritage by 2+
4A Final Four wrote on April 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm:
Middle Creek vs Cardinal Gibbons and NW Guilford vs Lake Norman. Is this a possibility with the bracket set up?
Conf 3 and 4 Predictions wrote on April 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm:
Green Hope @ Apex- (Apex by 2-3)

Holly Springs at Panther Creek
(Holly Springs by Double Digits)

Heritage @ Millbrook: (Heritage by 4-5)

Leesville Road @ Heritage (Leesville by 2-3)

Athens Drive @ Holly Springs (Athens Drive by 1-2)
wrote on April 14, 2017 at 6:01 pm:
Great game last night, PD and Christ School went down to the wire. Would be a shame if the State Championship was held in Asheville and no one in CLT could enjoy.
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nclaxwatch from Charlotte, NC wrote on April 12, 2017 at 8:02 pm:
Awesome matchup last night at Charlotte Catholic vs the determined R.J. Reynolds Demons. Demons able to keep the game tied and/or trading leads for the majority of time. Close game slipped at the very end for the Demons, but incredible defense by #6 Wilson, #11 Peatross, and short stick #15 Cannon, domination by offensive players #13 Hopkins, #3 Wilson, and #4 Wattleworth as well as a strong faceoff performance by #12 Meyers. For the Cougars, tough defense given by #50 Strassner and #33 Horgan. Offensively dominant were #4 Bohmer and #2 Byrne with the transition goals and assists that made the difference between the W or L for Catholic. Much stronger matchup than expected and would be great to see these teams meet again in post-season play.
StickWithUs.org from Charlotte wrote on April 12, 2017 at 5:09 pm:
Head coaches may now submit nominations for the 2017 NC Great 38 All-Star Lacrosse Game; you may submit players from your team, however, please also note that head coaches may nominate players from other teams. – thank you

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Johnny LAX wrote on April 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm:
Late to the party this week. Looks like I went 9-11 last week.

Thoughts on GH/Broughton: Lost this pick. GH was very slow out of the gates. Almost all of Broughtons goals came in transition. Terrible game to watch 16+ penalties combined and the last game before Spring Break. Should be a great game if they meet again.

Rankings come out this weekend.

Same picks including the CH over East CH upset. Different spreads.

Cedar Ridge over Carrboro by 4
CH over East CH by 3
Northwest over Apex by 6+ (only this big of a spread assuming Apex is missing players on Spring Break)
Mr. Lax wrote on April 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm:
Week 7
Because this week is Spring Break for all Wake County Public Schools (doesn't include Gibbons) it will most likely be a slow week. Therefore, I will post what I think about all of the teams so far. With out more to say, here is my Week 7 polls.

1. Gibbons- Has a defense of kids that are all committed to play Division 1. I personally don't think that they will be challenged (by teams in State) until they will inevitably play against Middle Creek in the post season.
2. Middle Creek- I knew that they'd be good. However their defense has been what has really surprised me this year. Yes, the offense is probably the best in the state. But with the defense playing as well as they are they are on a collision course with Gibbons. In my mind there are only two teams that will represent the Eastern Region in the State Championship, those being Middle Creek and Gibbons.
3. Broughton- This team is better than I thought they'd be. They're undefeated and have also taken out the 2 team in the SWAC. I do however think that they're substantially far behind the top 2.
4. Apex- They're about where I thought they would be. I'm surprised that they lost to Green Hope, however I think that they will beat them the second time around.
5. Hoggard- I expected Hoggard to be a little bit better than they currently are. They still have time to improve however I'm just not sold on their defense.
6. Green Hope- Tough loss to Broughton the other night. I expect them to bounce back though and finish 3rd in the season. This team is much better than I thought that they'd be.
7. Leesville Road- They're a good team who has only lost to Broughton twice. They're a much better team then I figured they'd be.
8. Jordan- They're much better than I thought they'd be. They have a talented offense. I expect them to finish 2nd in their conference.
9. Heritage- They're just finally starting to get healthy and are starting to play some of their better lacrosse. I see them finishing 2nd or 3rd in the Cap 8.
10. Wakefield- Expected a little bit more from these guys this year. However they are still a talented team that is very dangerous. Wouldn’t be surprised to see them upset somebody in the playoffs.




Last week I had a great week, going 10-11 on my picks.

This week

Monday

Mount Tabor over Laney by 6+

Tuesday
Hoggard over Chapel Hill by 7+
East Chapel Hill over Carrboro by 3+
Charlotte Catholic over Reynolds 4+

Thursday
Cedar Ridge over Carrboro by 5+

Friday
UPSET PICK: Chapel Hill over East Chapel Hill by 1+

GAME OF THE WEEK:
Northwest over Apex by 4+
wrote on April 10, 2017 at 5:14 am:
Which conferences are holding conference tournaments this year?
Another D2 program starting in NC.... wrote on April 9, 2017 at 11:51 pm:
From the Lax Power job openings:

Barton College (Wilson, NC)

Men's Head Coach
. Available: July 1, 2017. Deadline: May 15, 2017.
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Looking ahead wrote on April 9, 2017 at 11:48 pm:
Based upon local travel program strengths, does anyone have opinions of what the next HS power houses will be? Does anyone see a change in the "landscape"?
What middle schools have strong teams and where are these players headed?
Jeff Spear from Raleigh wrote on April 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm:
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wrote on April 9, 2017 at 4:52 pm:
OOC scheduling flexibility should improve next year when Conf 3 (SWAC) and Conf (CAP 8) are both finally split into smaller conferences. Even if the ADs push to keep home & away series in the new conferences, those teams should be able to schedule 4-5 OOC opponents next year. A big improvement! Also, Jordan started traveling to play games in MD last year. Do in-state NCHSAA scheduling restrictions still apply?
Conference changes for next year.... wrote on April 9, 2017 at 2:37 pm:
Many problems associated with conferences that are too large will be somewhat eased next year with the new alignment. Whereas the triangle 4A teams are crowded into 3 conferences this year, next year that number will increase to 4 with the greatest number of teams in any conference set at 7. However that alignment does not include either Pinecrest or Jack Britt so unless enough other Cumberland and Moore County HSs add lacrosse to form their own conference, which is rumored, then they will have to be thrown into the mix somewhere. And with Wake County scheduled to open 5 more HSs in the next 5-7 years, some of these 6 and 7 team conference will have no choice but to increase their numbers until the next realignment in 4 years.

These are all by-products of growth of the game in the triangle as well as growth itself in the triangle. There will never be a perfect solution that will make everyone happen. As I learned many years ago in economics classes, there is no such thing as perfect market knowledge and as a result there will always be changes in the market and some will be happy and some will not.
LaxDad wrote on April 9, 2017 at 12:24 pm:
Millbrook vs Hoggard. Millbrook stayed in it during the first half (9-7). Hoggard took over and dominated in the second half. This is the second time I watched Hoggard play this year and they have a very good offense. #1, 44 and 4 play at a very high level. Hoggard put up 18 and the Millbrook goalie played a good game. #10 on Millbrook also played well. I think it is Gibbons, Middle Creek, Hoggard and Broughton as the top 4 in the East.
wrote on April 9, 2017 at 12:40 am:
The expense of scheduling a strong OOC schedule is overstated. 16 game in conference schedules need to be stopped in large conferences. Top teams in Conf 3 and Conf 4 should play each other rather than play second games against the lower power rated teams in their conferences. Check out Jordan's schedule. They fave the flexibility to play an OOC schedule which is right for them and they travel. King of Spring is basically free, but with a 16 game in conference schedule impossible to participate in. NWG played Highland Park which is better than most of the opponents mentioned for CS and CG. NWG also scheduled Apex and CCDS. A small conference schedule allows this.

LP Top SOS as of today for NCHSAA schools:
1 Lake Norman
2 Cardinal Gibbons
3 Durham Riverside
4 Myers Park
5 Ardrey Kell
6 Fuquay-Varina
7 Weddington
8 Holly Springs
9 Wake Forest
10 Marvin Ridge
11 Charlotte Catholic
12 Rolesville
13 NorthWest Guilford
14 Athens Drive
15 Garner
Pleading in Cary wrote on April 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm:
Coming from a travel program that emphasizes (and enforces) proper parental sideline etiquette, I am appalled at what I see at high school games.
People, go to the game and cheer on your team. Compliment good plays by both sides. Let the referees call the game. If you don't agree with a call, have you realized you won't change their mind by yelling at them?
It's a chore to go to high school games having to listen to the constant whining from parents, yelling at refs, and "coaching" from the bleachers.
If you want to coach, be a coach, if you want to ref, put on the stripes, otherwise - cheer for your team and let everyone else enjoy the game please.
NCLaxFan wrote on April 8, 2017 at 11:42 am:
Broughton 15 - Green Hope 10. Cap8 #1 vs. SWAC #2. The difference was the first quarter where GH, as has been common, was slow to get out and Broughton jumped on them 7-1 with easy doorstep goals. GH then dominated 2Q (despite rarely winning faceoffs) and closed to 9-7 in the third when an illegal stick killed their momentum. Broughton then closed strong, and GH wore down. Broughton is a solid team with good talent at most positions, but they have some vulnerabilities that, I think, will get exposed in the playoffs like last year. If both teams were full-strength and played their best ball, it would have been a 1-goal game either way. But, for now, bragging rights go to Cap8. After spring break, huge SWAC clash between GH and Apex.
wrote on April 7, 2017 at 7:27 pm:
Reply to "Second Line attackman"...the beauty of private school life. Money, resources, and freedom to schedule out of state play. Most if not all Public Schools are strapped both by funding and freedom to play outside of NC.
Second Line Attackman wrote on April 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm:
Defense of my earlier post (Opinionated):
Out of my top three; two of the teams have played top 50 teams.
Cardinal Gibbons: Lambert and St. Anne's-Belfield. (Plus they will travel to the north to play Landon and Bullis-top ranking IAC teams)
Christ School- St. Stephens St. Agnes, Episcopal, and Cardinal Gibbons.
I personally just don't see a strength of schedules like these anywhere else in North Carolina. I value this heavily in my decision making because adversity against elite teams makes teams great. Weddington does not have this element to their schedule.

*YOU HAVE TO BEAT THE BEST TO BE THE BEST*
reality wrote on April 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm:
people need to understand coaches face a variety of challenges when making schedules and every school has different factors to consider. coaches don't get to just snap their fingers and put together the schedule they want. on top of having to play the conference schedule, with all the differences in conference size and setup in the state factors in big time. this is typically something the ADs decide and limits some teams(play 1 or 2 conference game, etc). sometimes a game that looks good in pre-season turns out to not be. sometimes coaches are restricted on their ability to travel, especially during the week/weekend. it isn't free to travel out of state for games. some aren't allowed to play on weekends, some only get a few OOC games to play, some schools setup agreements with other schools to play each other in every sport so coaches have those games added to their schedule. one game has to be an endowment game if you play a 17th game and that has certain parameters.

talk to coaches on any top teams in north carolina and they would love to have the time, resources, and flexibility to play quality north carolina teams and out of state games. but it just doesn't work that way for all.

it is great that there are some teams able to do that, and some schedules that work to allow that to happen. hopefully those teams represent north carolina well, but winning/losing to out of state teams doesn't automatically make you better than teams that don't play an out of state opponent, although it is fine if people feel like that is a big deal.

and every team out of state isn't always good. not to mention that often those games are skewed anyway because north carolina teams might be 8-10 games into their schedule playing teams that are playing their first games of the season, especially from the north. are those teams from out of state coming to win? play all their players to prep for their games when they return home? has it snowed the past month and they've barely been on a field? it can vary.

so by all means use a teams schedule, wins and losses to judge them, that is fun discussion, but just keep in mind that there is more to making a schedule then just "some teams challenge themselves" while others don't want to.
lax wrote on April 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm:
" Minimal opponents" - NWG,LKN, Catholic, Marvin *2, AK, Meyers Park... That schedule is one of the hardest
wrote on April 7, 2017 at 9:30 am:
Is it safe to say Heritage is the real deal? They are 8-3 with two OT losses to Millbrook and Broughton, beat Wakefield twice and they just got one of their starting attackmen who was all conference last year back. I think it's time to take the Huskies seriously
NCLaxFan wrote on April 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm:
Would love to hear about Apex's 2OT win over Holly Springs 8-7. HS made a nice comeback to force the extra periods. The final year of the SWAC (before next year's unfortunate conference re-alignment) is demonstrating how much strength and parity there is week-to-week. The Cap 8 is a strong conference this year and Broughton has been rolling. Broughton (Cap 8, 11-0) vs. Green Hope (SWAC, 9-1) on Friday should be a great rematch of last year's 10-8 Broughton win. Broughton is probably the favorite again because of overall depth and experience. Also, Holly Springs now has to get itself back up to face Middle Creek on Friday.
Second Line Attackman wrote on April 6, 2017 at 5:10 pm:
North Carolina Top Three Rankings: (Opinionated)
1.)Gibbons- Phenomenal team with a methodical offense. They have few weaknesses to be exploited. Ranked number ten in the Southeast with only one loss to the best team in the South East.
2. Christ School- Strong team led by a group of resilient seniors. A defense that is tough to break in 6v6. Beat Episcopal and played Gibbons to a one goal game (Gibbons put up the second least goals they have had all year).
Middle Creek- Talent doesn't lie. But they still have challenges to face down the road. The state tournament will bring out there true colors.
Honorable Mentions:
Weddington- Talent is not a shortage on this team (I mean look at their commits). However a loss to Lake Norman shows they do have weaknesses. Beating a Catholic team is their shining moment in a schedule with minimal tough opponents.
Providence Day- Great offense, but defense wins championships.
*Disclaimer- the season has only begun, but understand the importance of a strength of schedule.*
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Anonymous wrote on April 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm:
I just wanted to do a shout out to Cam Sechler from Panther Creek. In last night's win over Apex Friendship, he not only had 7 goals, he also scored the game winner with 0.5 seconds left in the game. Great game Cam.
Mr. Lax wrote on April 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm:
Johnny LAX! Thank you for posting your predictions! I am excited to have some competition. Great job calling the Heritage Wakefield game.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on April 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm:
Weddington looked vulnerable for the first time I've seen them this year, and ended up losing to Lake Norman. Lake Norman played a scrappy game between the box lines, and were efficient on offense. Looked like they outhustled Weddington on a number of occasions as well. I was looking forward to watching this game, and from an excitement standpoint, it didn't disappoint. From a lacrosse standpiont, it was a bit sloppy, especially on the Weddington side. Just looked like they were missing something compared to the other couple of times I've seen them play. Good luck to both teams down the stretch.
Weddington vs LKN wrote on April 5, 2017 at 2:45 am:
Weddington lost a nail biter tonight to Lake Norman the game was close throughout the whole game Weddington didn't look like they came to play today being sluggish which is not really a characteristic of them. Lake Norman did everything they could out there edging weddington.

3 Stars of the game

1. Leonard Weddington midfielder
2. Caplis LKN midfielder
3. Werner LKN Attackmen
TheRedRocket wrote on April 5, 2017 at 1:39 am:
In a magical game Lkn shocks the nation stellar D matched with a patience and free offense there was nothing stoping Ryan Caplis (Stevens tech) (career high 5 goals) and the Brugga Knights.
Johnny LAX wrote on April 4, 2017 at 6:42 pm:
Tuesday:
MC over Athensby 10+
Gibbons over Jordan by 10+
Friendship over PC by 2-4
Heritage over Wakefield by 3-5
Apex over Holly Springs by 2-4

Wednesday/Thursday: same picks

Friday:
Orange over Cedar Ridge by 1
Green Hope over Broughton by 2-3
Middle Creek over Holly Springs by 8
Leesville over Chapel Hill by 1-2
Hoggard over Millbrook by 10+

I will start rankings after spring break.
Warrior All American Games wrote on April 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm:
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The Southeast region tryouts will be conveniently located at Duke University on Sunday April 23rd.
Take advantage of this prime location for our areas players to try out.

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See you at tryouts in 3 weeks!
Mr. Lax wrote on April 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm:
Week 6 rankings

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

Last week I went 3-4 on predictions. I would love for someone to step up and challenge me with their predictions as well!!

Tuesday:
Middle Creek over Athens by 8+
Gibbons over Jordan by 10+
Panther Creek over Friendship by 1+
Wakefield over Heritage by +1
Apex over Holly Springs by 3+

Wednesday:
Northwest Guilford over Charlotte Catholic by 3+
Orange over Carborro by 3+

Thursday:
Jordan over East Chapel Hill by 2+

Friday:
Cedar Ridge over Orange by 2+
Broughton over Green Hope by 2+
Middle Creek over Holly Springs by 6+
Leesville over Chapel Hill by 4+
Hoggard over Millbrook by 10+
Greg From Charlotte from Charlotte wrote on April 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm:
This weekend for the Wounded Warrior Foundation was great. The first game Marvin vs LKN. I saw two mid fielders for LKN that can take over the game Ryan Caplis (Stevens tech) went for 5 goals and Matt Elder (Hofstra) had 4 assists. Marvin spread there scoring between a lot of people. The second game country day stayed into the game for awhile but couldn't stand the NWG scoring power. #3 in goal for CCDS needed more help. Catholic Weddington Game that everyone was looking forward too was a great game, #22 Fasarno played very well in 1st quarter and led his team to victory. Lastly I was happy to see a great last game. Adam Barry (Mercer) hit the game winner with seconds to go agaianst Christ school.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on April 2, 2017 at 5:06 am:
Long day of lacrosse at the Champions Challenge at memorial stadium today. Had great weather, two great games, and a couple of blow-outs. Lake Norman over Marvin by a goal to get the day started. From there Northwest beat CCDS by a bunch...was never really close. After that Weddington ran over Catholic in a game that was never close. Finally a thriller as CG beat Christ School in the final seconds. I came away feeling that Weddington put on the best performance of the night. If they're not the best team in the state, then who is. Cardinal Gibbons is really good but had a difficult time scoring against CS's zone defense. Would like to see a Weddington/Cardinal Gibbons game.
Lax bro wrote on April 2, 2017 at 2:59 am:
Weddington destroys catholic 17-9 it was 17-5 before weddington made some changes. Weddington is the real deal. Never seen a team play with so much energy.
Lee from CLT wrote on March 31, 2017 at 1:35 am:
I just watched the AK-Catholic game. I'm an out of towner from the Baltimore area that just moved down here and wanted to watch some good lacrosse. Let me tell you what, that Catholic squad is nothing to take lightly. I've never seen a team swarm to the ball with so much energy and passion. 11-3 in the 2nd half to finish the game 16-7. I'm not from around here and I don't really know most of the teams, but that was something special to watch.
Jeff Spear from Raleigh, NC wrote on March 30, 2017 at 4:36 pm:
Bull City All-Star Game ~ Cullen Classic for Cancer

We Are Now Accepting Nominations!

The Bull City All-Star staff is now accepting nominations for both our inaugural men’s and women’s all-star games, which will be held on Sat, Jun 3rd, 2017, in Koskinen Stadium at Duke University.

If you are a graduating senior (Class of 2017) and are interested in being considered for this event, please talk with your coach and visit: https://www.bullcityallstarlax.com/nominate

Coaches, please begin nominating your top senior players soonest.

The nomination window will close on Fri, Apr 28th; however, please do not delay your nominations.

Nominations submitted now, can be updated throughout the remainder of this season.

Our selection committee will carefully consider each graduating senior applicant, so please provide as much information as possible.

Participants will receive invitations on Mon, May 1st and must respond promptly to the committee by Thu, May 4th.

Players on the “waiting list” will be notified after Sat, May 6th of any openings.

There will be fifty players selected for each game, according to a wide variety of parameters as determined by the selection committee.

Any questions regarding nominations may be addressed to Chandler Zirkle, Operations Manager, email: bullcityallstarlax@gmail.com

Thank you for helping us “grow the game” by nominating the best seniors from your school.

We look forward to hosting the top players, their families, their teammates, and all of their supportive fans in Koskinen Stadium, Duke University, on Sat, Jun 3rd.

To learn more about the event please visti: www.bullcityallstarlax.com And please follow us on Twitter: @bullcityallstar
LAX wrote on March 30, 2017 at 3:56 am:
weddington handles Page it was 10-1 after first quarter... Finals score 16-5
CLT from Charlotte wrote on March 29, 2017 at 12:54 pm:
Big game in Weddington tonight as 11-1 Page travels to Union County for a 7:30 game. Should be a good one!
NCLaxFan from Cary wrote on March 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm:
Green Hope 7 - Holly Springs 6. HS jumped out 3-0 with smart Off that was beating GH slides with good passes. GH Def then clamped down rest of way led by Lux, Kearns, and Darden. GH goalie Conor Ryan anchored with 15 saves. HS played good help-Def throughout game, but GH jr. Aidan Callahan still managed a hat trick. Sets up inter-conf showdown next week between GH (8-1) and Broughton (9-0).
StickWithUs.org from Charlotte, NC wrote on March 28, 2017 at 8:31 pm:
4th Annual Champions Challenge in support of the Wounded Warrior Project this Saturday, April 1, 2017

Charlotte's Downtown Memorial Stadium
310 N Kings Dr
Charlotte, NC 28204


11:00 AM Carolina Cardinals vs. Charlotte Country Day School (MS BOYS)
1:30 PM Lake Norman Wildcats vs. Marvin Ridge Mavericks
3:30 PM Charlotte Country Day Bucs vs. NorthWest Guilford Vikings
5:30 PM Charlotte Catholic Cougars vs. Weddington Warriors
7:00 PM Wounded Warrior feature speaker
8:00 PM Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders vs. Christ School Greenies
Response to travel team question from CLT wrote on March 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm:
My sons played travel lacrosse with different travel teams in the Charlotte area. They all had good experiences. The higher level of competition and coaching than rec helps them improve tremendously. My sons have varied in ability so I have seen travel lacrosse from playing local tournament B brackets to traveling up north all summer to play AA teams.

Dad coaches are pretty rare on travel teams particularly as you get past u-11. The only dad coaches my sons did have were accomplished coaches aside from the travel team and did a great job.

One of the disappointing things about the youth travel environment is the drama between the clubs. The clubs don't react well when kids change teams and there is unnecessary travel when clubs won't play in another club's tournaments. The drama extends into high school as some coaches are aligned with one organization or another and there is concern that players won't be treated fairly if they play in the summer for a rival club.

In my experience, the clubs generally do a good job at placing their teams in brackets and tournaments so the games will be competitive although you will occasionally see a team dominate a B bracket when they should have played A.

There is always the age vs. grade argument particularly in Charlotte with a lot of boys doing a year of transitional kindergarten. For the most part, the kids that are old for their grade and dominant tend to play up a grade until high school although there are exceptions which causes controversy particularly if their parents are vocal about how well their child is doing against younger kids.

As far as how to choose which program to sign your child up for, I would recommend going with the one with the owner that has values that best align with yours. The reality is that it is a hassle to switch clubs so it tends to be a multi year decision and the coaches, other parents and general feel tend to reflect the personality of the owner. That said, there are a lot a practices so having your son play with his friends at the closest on with the most manageable carpools matters too. Sometimes most of the best players in a given year will concentrate at one club or another so that may also affect your decision.

It is interesting to watch the evolution of recruiting. A lot of the college coaches are now getting together to put together showcases that attract a particular type of player or student (example:lacrosse masters). That seems to be more efficient than the idea that your son will be noticed at a tournament. My guess is over time the club experience will be more about player development rather than recruiting which I think would be for the best.
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 that’s been in development for over 2 years is finally coming to fruition. The first, annual “Bull City All-Star Game ~ Cullen Classic for Cancer” 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 women’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 “Gray Devils” – 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 men’s teams and 94 women’s teams, the event will serve as an excellent opportunity to increase recognition for the top players in our state, and thereby, help “grow the game”.

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
wrote on March 19, 2017 at 4:29 am:
@ Mr. Lax, can you try to include western teams (3A & 4A) in your rankings. I know it may be difficult if you don't know much about the teams but it would be nice to get some perspective of how the other teams stack up to the eastern teams, considering that we hear a lot about the teams from the charlotte area.
NLaxFan from Cary wrote on March 18, 2017 at 11:48 pm:
Middle Creek-Green Hope. SWAC 1 v 2. Middle Creek has to be the favorite given their explosive and deep offense. Their guys have been playing together so long, and they are precise and crafty. Green Hope has the defense and goalkeeping to keep it close, and their unselfish offense is really finding its rhythm. It should come down to faceoffs and possession. If GH doesn't control the ball, MC could go on big runs. Last year was a 1-goal MC win, a big reason because GH couldn't clear consistently. It should be a great one.
PVDDvHGRD wrote on March 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm:
Fun game to watch. Hoggard was up 2 with a minute left and PVD Day scored with under a minute. #4 from Hoggard was the best player on the field. Fletcher (PD) had a very big game as well. Hoggard has some very legit players on offense. #44 is a very good two way midfielder and faced off. # 1 is very shifty behind the cage. It was 9-8 at half time and it looked like who ever had the ball last would win the game. Two good teams.
Apex/GH wrote on March 18, 2017 at 1:41 pm:
Great game by both teams. Thought it was interesting that it was only the second time in program history the Falcons have beaten Apex. Truth that their assistant coach and former Enloe HC, Chase Kaznowski* was a senior captain the last time they beat them? If so, its a pretty cool link for that program. Conrgats to them. Their game on Tuesday vs. Middle Creek looks like it will determine the front runner in the SWAC. Definitely the game of the week in the triangle.
Carolina Lax Fan wrote on March 17, 2017 at 1:56 pm:
Anyone go to the MP-CC game was not expecting that, scarey to think Catholic loses to MP by 4, and MP lost to Weddington by 13.
Lax Warrior wrote on March 17, 2017 at 12:57 pm:
What happened in the Catholic/MP game? I don't mean any disrespect to MP, but that result is surprising given results of games so far this season. Was Catholic missing some guys?
Lax wrote on March 17, 2017 at 1:42 am:
Myers park beats catholic 10-4 Marvin beats cuthberson 9-6.
NCLaxFan from Cary wrote on March 17, 2017 at 1:03 am:
Green Hope 11 - Apex 7. Intense game that lived up to the anticipation. 5-5 at half, then GH took control in 2nd half with strong team D and some key fast breaks. Player-of-Game was GH goalie Conor Ryan who had at least 20 saves. GH attack Jack Larkin and Aidan Callahan had big games. Apex played disciplined and smart, as always. Middie Justin Freeman is dangerous with both hands. Their depth and overall talent is down from previous years, but they are still one of the top teams in the East. Awesome game.
King of Spring ? wrote on March 17, 2017 at 1:02 am:
Why are there no scores for the King of Spring after the first day?
Glaxman from Greensboro wrote on March 16, 2017 at 3:00 am:
NW Guilford on the road at Lake Norman, comes away with a big 17-13 win!!
wrote on March 15, 2017 at 1:58 am:
Mr Lax, Is your prediction record based on your predicted spread or straight up?

Meaning if you predict Broughton over Heritage by 6-8 goals, and Broughton only wins by 1 in OT, is that considered a correct prediction?

Please keep all your good stuff coming. Many guys on my team like reading your stuff.
Mr. Lax wrote on March 15, 2017 at 12:00 am:
Wow. I don't know how I missed the Green Hope v. Apex game, and I think that probably is the game of the week. I think this game features two of the best goalies in this region. I expect Apex to win by 2-4 goals.
lax update wrote on March 14, 2017 at 8:05 pm:
Will the King of Spring site be updated to show scores for all the games played?
Lax wrote on March 14, 2017 at 3:40 am:
Lets talk about weddingtons offense.. It is the best in the state with the whole starting midfield line committed do division one programs even have a second line middie committed to a division one program. Led this season by Leonard, Furman Helms, UNC and Shipley, UPenn. The attack is solid with 2 commits, Fasanaro and Dinwiddie. I believe they are the favorite by many goals this year for the state title
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on March 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm:
I forgot the most important thing that happened at the King of Spring this weekend - The participating teams raised just sort of $40,000 for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. The Vs. Cancer Foundation supports the Pediatric Cancer at Duke along with national pediatric cancer research. Cape Henry Collegiate School (VA) raised the most $5800, then Durham Academy (NC) $5650 and McDonogh School (MD) at $5200. We had 12 program raise at least $1000.
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on March 13, 2017 at 9:10 pm:
Another year of the King of Spring is officially in the books! I started my long weekend watching a great game between Norfolk Academy (VA) and the Hill Academy II (CN) on Thursday night at UNC and finished it watching Highland Park (TX) in a great battle with the nations #1 HS team, Mcdonogh School (MD) at Duke. We had 9 reigning state champs and the current #1 and #9 nationally ranked teams in the country competing in the Triangle since Thursday. I'm so thankful to all the players, coaches, officials and parents for making this best weekend of HS lacrosse all year! Best of luck to everyone as we all look toward conference play and trying to reach out goals.

Special Thanks to the following folks –
Brine Lacrosse – Chip Mayer and his crew
Fusion Lacrosse
Triangle Orthopedics, who supplied ATC’s for all the games.
Rick Wooten – Area official’s assigner
Debbie Rebosa, Durham Academy Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Cardinal Gibbons AD, Todd Schuler and the Gibbons boys and girls lacrosse communities!
The Durham Sports Commission
Duke University Athletic Facility Staff – Chris Ryder and his crew
UNC Athletic Facility Staff – Connie Conway and crew
NC Central University Athletic Facility Staff – Tim and his crew!
Phil Razzzo
Ed Raymond
Chad Watson
Matt Peterson
The Ravenscorft lacrosse Community
Tim Dahlgren
Brendon Bailey

Until next year! Can't wait for the 2018 KOS!
RE: Mr. Lax wrote on March 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm:
Prediction and insight for maybe the game of the week? #4 Apex @ #6 Green Hope on Thursday night..
Mr. Lax wrote on March 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm:
Week 3 rankings

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


Tough week for me last week only going 4 out of 6 picks right.

Monday:
Athens Drive beats Jordan by 3-5 goals
Holly Springs beats Panther Creek by 3-5 goals
Tuesday:
Broughton beats Heritage by 6-8 goals
Orange beats Carrboro for the first time in program history by 1-3 goals.
Middle Creek beats Holly Springs by 6-8 goals
Green Hope beats Panther Creek by 4-6 goals
Friday:
Holly Springs beats Athens Drive by 2-4 goals
Chapel Hill beats East Chapel Hill for the first time in 5 years, by 1-3 goals.
Wakefield beats Millbrook by 1-3 goals
wrote on March 13, 2017 at 4:26 pm:
Team 91 2021, a Long Island club powerhouse, visited North Carolina this past weekend to play Team Carolina and Bucktown's 2021 squads and visit Duke and UNC. Team Carolina scored a big win vs. Team 91 in a comeback, OT thriller according to the stickwithus Instagram page:
"Thrilling Win for Team Carolina. Down 7-3, TC 2021's stormed back to defeat Long Island Team 91 in OT 9-8 at Cary Academy. Defense had a huge stop in OT and attackman Cade Caggiano netted the game winner. Do-It-All midfielder Will Shipley had 2 goals, Caggiano had 2, and attackman Jackson Price added 2. It's on to WDC for more action for the 2021's on Sunday. Special thanks to Bucktown Lacrosse for setting up the play day @teamcarolinalax @stickwithus_lacrosse @bucktownlax #whosinchargeofyourgame #makeyourfamilyproud"
CLT Lax Fan from Charlotte, NC wrote on March 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm:
Weddington vs NW game was close throughout. A couple of points worth noting. Despite the close game, Weddington never trailed on the scoreboard. Also, 7 of the 9 NW goals came on man-up opportunities. Weddington played man-down all night. Finally, Weddington opened up a 4 goal lead in the third quarter (10-6), but the game tightened after a series of penalties against the Warriors. Overall, it was an excellent game. Two strong teams that should have successful 2017 campaigns.
Reponse CLT wrote on March 13, 2017 at 11:59 am:
I respect what Weddington has done so far. They are a very solid team but I still see Catholic and LKN on top until they are beaten by a west team. In order to be on top you have to beat the teams on top, and Weddington has not done that yet.
X Lax Dad from Greensboro wrote on March 13, 2017 at 2:33 am:
NWGHS vs. Weddington was a tight game throughout. Weddington did take a 4 goal lead in the 3rd qtr. By the start of the 4th qtr. it was 10-8. NW scored in the fourth to make it 10-9. Scored stayed at 10-9 with a couple of pipe shots by NW and a couple of solid saves by NW goalie to keep the deficit at 1 goal. With less than 1 minute to go and Weddington with the ball, NW attempted to double the ball and Weddington capitalized on finding the open man to take a two goal lead. Essentially boiled down to Weddington making fewer mistakes on clears and being slightly more efficient on offense. Really impressed with Weddinton's ability to move the ball on offense to find the best scoring opportunity. Also NW goalie made multiple solid saves that allowed them to close the deficit in the second half. Great contest this early in the season.
TriadLaxFan from Winston-Salem wrote on March 12, 2017 at 9:58 pm:
Anyone have a review of the NW vs Weddington game? Was it as close as the score indicated?
from Charlotte wrote on March 12, 2017 at 6:08 pm:
Johnny - Providence's decline is a symptom of the larger problem of CMS schools being competitive for structural reason. Providence used to have a feeder program but with there no longer being lacrosse at the MARA fields they don't have a lot of experienced players entering high school. Crestdale middle school having a team will help but there is no real pipeline of experienced players. The successful Charlotte high schools all have a way to develop their youth players. The private schools, Marvin Ridge and Weddington all have long standing successful middle school teams and active booster clubs promoting off season development. Cuthbertson and Sun Valley will probably get better over time. Lake Norman has an affiliated youth and travel program that goes all of the way down to u-9. Myers Park has been the strongest CMS program over the last few years because of a strong middle school program at AG and newer programs at Randolph and Carmel but hasn't beaten LKN or Catholic in years. Ardrey Kell relies on stickwithus to develop its younger players which results in a few very good players but not enough depth to consistently compete with the better programs. The other CMS programs are way behind. Until lacrosse is a supported CMS sport down to middle school (which isn't going to happen), the CMS schools will struggle to compete.
Paula Ryskiewich from Mebane wrote on March 11, 2017 at 11:26 pm:
Looking for lax opportunities for my 15 year old son. He plays lax for Eastern High School, Mebane. About 5 more games to go this season. Looking for a Spring lax team or similar.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on March 11, 2017 at 2:41 pm:
Well, Weddington appears to be for real at this point of the season after back to back wins agains Myers Park (14-1) and NWG (11-9) on the road. We knew the offense would be legit, but their defense and goalie play has been great. Right now I'd say they are at the top of the West. Lake Norman and Charlotte Catholic probably right on their tails, although, not sure who Catholic has really played to be tested yet. Then Ardrey Kell...again, waiting for them to play someone. Might get a good reading on them on Tuesday when they play MR.
CLT Lax Fan from Charlotte, NC wrote on March 11, 2017 at 5:36 am:
Big win for Weddington on the road versus North West Guilford. The 11 to 9 victory makes it 6-0 for the Warriors.
Johnny from Raleigh wrote on March 10, 2017 at 5:12 pm:
Currently living in Raleigh but originally from the Charlotte area so I'm a little out of touch with Charlotte HS. But what has happened to Providence High School? Won 1 game last year and 0-5 this year? Are they just in a major slump or did Catholic take all their players away again (joking, chill CCHS fans). Just curious though, thanks!
TriadLaxFan from Winston-Salem wrote on March 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm:
RJ Reynolds was upset by East last night, losing in over time (8-7?). Reynolds couldn't find it's own...err...feet in the first half, when score was 5-1 East. Incredible comeback in Q4 with Landers (7) hitting 3 cannon shots in a row and Robert Myers (17) coming off the bench to tie the game. In the end, it wasn't enough as the turnovers throughout the game cost them dearly.

East's defense was aggressive, and their offense took advantage of RJR mistakes in the first half.

Tough loss for Reynolds, morale-booster for East.
Darron Batton from cary wrote on March 9, 2017 at 3:22 pm:
The South Region (NC, SC, GA, AL, TN,MS) Tryouts will be held at Duke University on April 23, 2017. Please follow this link to register - www.warriorallamerica.com

Details about the Warrior All American Games -
Warrior is pleased to announce the first ever Warrior All America Games to be played at the University of Massachusetts from July 28-30, 2017. The Games will feature the top players from graduation years 2025-2021 from 14 different regions from around the country totaling 70 teams.

Each region will hold a spring tryout where teams will be compiled. That location’s Regional Director will oversee each tryout. The Regional Director will assemble a staff to evaluate all of the tryout attendees in a fair and unbiased setting. Every player that participates in tryouts will be issued New Balance gear, including; numbered reversible jersey, performance shorts, a shooting shirt and performance socks that are theirs to keep regardless of the outcome of the tryouts.

If chosen to represent their region, included in that player's tuition will be an unrivaled Warrior gear pack including, custom gloves, helmets, uniform, apparel, bag and Warp Head with shaft.

Upon checking into UMass, each team will attend a welcome banquet BBQ and celebration on the campus of UMass. Teams will begin their game preparation on Friday, July 28 and begin pool play on Saturday, July 29. Every team will battle it out in seeded playoff games on Sunday, July 30 until a victor is crowned for each graduation year.

A National Board of Directors will be established to ensure equity and quality control for each region. The Board will select the Warrior All-America team at each grade based on their on-field performance during pool play of the Warrior All-America Games. In addition to the festivities a Board of Directors will choose a Warrior All-America team at each graduation year. Players will be evaluated throughout pool play to see who will be named WAA at an awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

The Warrior All-America Games have partnered with lacrosse highlight film producer GameTime Footage to provide every player that attends tryouts with access to their raw game footage, as well as their "FAB 5" Highlight Reel, a compilation of each player's top 5 plays from tryouts. The game film and the FAB 5 Reel are included in the tryout fee. Coaches, Evaluators and Directors
will have the opportunity to refer back to GTF's footage to ensure that the best of the best are being chosen for each region.
Information such as tryouts times, locations, dates, Regional Director and Board of Director announcements will be made in weekly press releases on our social media as well as through national media outlets.
Mr. Lax wrote on March 9, 2017 at 1:55 pm:
To whoever responded to me,
Great question. My rankings indicate who I think are the best teams, at that point in the season. And, what they have done so far. I will sometimes pick upsets, like I did earlier this week.
Hi wrote on March 9, 2017 at 3:48 am:
Weddington beat beat Myers park 14-1.... wow real deal
CLT from Charlotte wrote on March 9, 2017 at 3:19 am:
Wow...just heard Weddington beat MP 14-1 tonight.
NCLaxFan from Cary wrote on March 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm:
SWAC looks to be ultra-competitive this year. Middle Creek is the most talented and is explosive on offense, but they have some vulnerability on D. Apex will always be the best coached, but they aren't as talented as in the past and will play many close games. Still need to earn it against them; they don't beat themselves. Green Hope is young but 3-0 and playing very well and cohesively. Athens Drive took Apex to the limit and seems to be much improved. Holly Springs is solid, senior-led, and historically improves over the season. Friendship is a new school (no seniors), but they have some good young talent. Watch for them next year.
CLT Laxnatic wrote on March 8, 2017 at 3:28 pm:
I see Weddington by 4-6 goals over MP tonight. Weddington with too much offense. Also see Weddington winning pretty easy against NW Friday (6-8 goals). NW has blown out a couple of teams, but don't think they can run with Weddington.
Carlos wrote on March 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm:
Weddington Myers Park Predictions for tmrw ?? I have weddington by 7
MP Lax Fan wrote on March 7, 2017 at 4:39 am:
Total thriller between rivals Myers Park and CCDS tonight. In a back and forth game, featuring many lead changes, MP prevailed winning 9-8 in overtime. Andrew Kelly played very well for the mustangs, as did William Barnes. For CCDS, Smith Stackhouse (RPI recruit) had a hat trick and goalie Charles Roselle (Middlebury Commit) played well. Look for both of these teams to be dangerous in their respective conferences this spring.
NCLaxFan from Cary wrote on March 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm:
Bit of an upset in the SWAC last week as Green Hope jumped on Holly Springs 9-2 through 3Q before winning 9-6. GH is young, with only 4 returners, and HS has a strong, physical senior class. Aidan Callahan had 6 pts for GH and goalie Conor Ryan put on a highlight show in first half. HS is a solid team, but they committed 20+ turnovers.
LaxObserver from Charlotte wrote on March 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm:
After watching Saturday's matchup against Myers Park and RJ Reynolds, I was very impressed with both teams. Despite the scoreline says, Reynolds played MP tight. After being tied at 4 at the half, RJR went man down for two minutes, locked in. MP was able to score 4 or 5 goals on this alone and caused them to win the game.

A couple people on all ends of the field stood out to me. Myers Park's Andrew (2) and Trevor (11) Kelly were dominant on the offensive end of the field. Also, goalie Henry Thompson (9) had lots of strength on low shots. For RJ Reynolds, Jack Landers (7) seemed to do lots of the work on the offensive end, tallying 3 of the 7 goals and adding 2 more assists, the only player on RJR with more than one goal on the day. Defenders Jack Peatross (11) and Fleet Wilson (6) were just as good as any defenders I've seen come out of North Carolina. They were fast, aggressive, and fundamental. Lastly, goalie Nate White (23) had many big first half saves.

It wouldn't surprise me to see these two teams match up again in playoffs.
wrote on March 6, 2017 at 4:15 am:
Mr Lax

I love reading your rankings & predictions, and given the few games I've watched and read about early in the season I think they're pretty accurate

However, why do you rank Heritage #9 and Leesville #10, but then predict Leesville to beat Heritage on Friday?
Mr. Lax wrote on March 5, 2017 at 7:59 pm:
Week 2 rankings.
1. Gibbons
2. Middle Creek
3. Hoggard
4. Apex
5. Broughton
6. Athens Drive
7. Green Hope
8. Holly Springs
9. Heritage
10. Leesville

Last week I went 7-8 on pics.
Predictions for this week

Monday:
Gibbons beats Durham Academy by 7-9 goals
Tuesday
Apex beats Holly Springs by 1-3 goals
Jordan beats Chapel Hill by 3-5 goals
Heritage beats Millbrook by 5-7 goals
Middle Creek beats Athens by 4-6 goals
Friday
Leesville beats Heritage by 1-3 goals
TriadLaxFan from Winston-Salem wrote on March 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm:
Impressive performance by both teams in RJ Reynolds vs Myers Park on Saturday. The 12-7 Myers Park win was actually much tighter than the score indicates, as MP went on a 4-0 run during a 2 minute penalty. MP also won most face 0ffs, but RJR defense was as aggressive and fast as any I've seen in HS. MP offense was quick and deadly. RJR Offense was effective from all spots, with 5 players scoring the 7 goals. RJR Landers having an impact with 3 goals and 2 assists.

Wouldn't surprise me if these two teams saw each other again in playoffs
Laxdad from huntersville wrote on March 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm:
A team to look out for is the first year program at Christ the King Catholic high school. They are a fairly young team with a solid defense and for their first year they are in the nc 2 NCISAA conference. A team to look out for in the future.
LaxCoachTriad from Greensboro wrote on March 4, 2017 at 9:54 pm:
Page, Mt. Tabor, Greensboro Day and NW appear to be tops in the triad early!! All three crushing people early. Northern Guilford should be tops in the area for 3A again.
Man Down wrote on March 4, 2017 at 3:23 am:
I predict Catholic by 1 goal over PD on a late goal
Triangle Lacrosse wrote on March 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm:
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wrote on March 3, 2017 at 4:14 pm:
PD vs. Catholic tonight. Should be a shootout. I predict Catholic wins 15-12
Rick Wooten wrote on March 3, 2017 at 3:12 am:
au contraire to the East Lacrosse tweet, East will not play at Pinecrest on 3/3 as the Pinecrest coach is out of town. When I spoke with the Pinecrest AD today, he did not have a rescheduled date set yet.
CLT Lax DAD wrote on March 3, 2017 at 2:55 am:
Lkn 12 CCDS 4 very surprised by this, very
wrote on March 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm:
Green Hope led Holly Springs 9-2 at the end of the third beginning of fourth. What can we expect from this Green Hope team and also how do you think the rest of the SWAC teams compare?
laxbro wrote on March 1, 2017 at 4:06 pm:
Weddington wins 17-3 against cuthberson
CLT from Charlotte wrote on February 27, 2017 at 8:04 pm:
Weekend scrimmage results/details before the regular season kicks off this week?
Mr. Lax wrote on February 27, 2017 at 4:35 am:
Hello and happy lacrosse season! Like last season I am back for more predictions, and my weekly rankings. Here are my week 1 rankings, as well as how I think the Eastern 4A region will play out this year.
1. Cardinal Gibbons- This should be no surprise. They have a defense of kids all committed to play Division 1 lacrosse. With the advantages that they have, I expect them to win it all once again this year.
2. Middle Creek- If there is anybody that can beat Gibbons, its these guys. In fact the Gibbons D vs. The Middle Creek Offense would be great to watch. I expect MC to be the second best team in the region, and to win the difficult SWAC conference.
3. Hoggard- I see Hoggard as being arguably the best team to ever come out of Wilmington. They have a great offense and return a lot. I expect the Vikings to make some serious noise this season.
4. Apex - Lost so much last year, however they will always be one of the top programs. They have many new players ready to step up and contribute, I expect them to run the table in the SWAC, minus Middle Creek.

*Please note, I think there will be a substantial drop off after these 4 teams.

5. Broughton- return some key players from a 17-1 team last year that was upset in the first round, I expect them to win the Cap 8.
6. Holly Springs- return a lot of talent from a good team last year. I expect them to compete for the 3rd spot in the SWAC, with Athens and Green Hope.
7. Athens Drive - Athens to have a good season and be improved from last season. I look for them to compete for the 3rd spot with Green Hope and Holly Springs.
8. Green Hope - I expect Green Hope to be about the same as they were last year. A good team that has the talent to upset a lot of teams.
9. Leesville - Lost so much from last year. I expect them to compete for the 2nd spot in the Cap 8 with Heritage.
10. Heritage - I expect Heritage to be a much improved team this season, look for them to end the season a top 3 team in the Cap 8.




Week 1.



Tuesday
Apex beats Athens by 3-5 goals
Broughton beats Leesville by 3-5 goals
Jordan beats Cedar Ridge by 1-3 goals
Orange beats Eastern Alamance by 1-3 goals
Holly Springs beats Green Hope by 1-3 goals
Friday
Heritage beats Wakefield by 1-3 goals

Saturday
Gibbons beats Lake Norman by 6-8 goals
Jordan beats Carborro by 5-7 goals
wrote on February 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm:
Is the N and O not releasing a lacrosse preview this year? Girls Soccer, Baseball, and Softball are all out
Riverside fan wrote on February 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm:
Looking at Lax Power, it seems that Riverside is playing 7 games this year and that's it, could that be correct? Who made that schedule with only 7 games?
CLT from charlotte wrote on February 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm:
Weddington/Charlotte Christian scrimmage tonight. Let us know how it goes.
Brent Voelkel from Chapel Hill wrote on February 23, 2017 at 3:18 am:
Chapel Hill is looking for a game on March 21st-just found out we lost a conference game and have an opening -please contact Coach Voelkel -bvoelkel@nc.rr.com
Thank you and good luck to all teams this spring
wrote on February 23, 2017 at 1:02 am:
Heritage defeated Chapel Hill 8-5 in the scrimmage tonight. Heritage looked really good.
X Lax Dad from Greensboro wrote on February 22, 2017 at 3:43 pm:
Cardinal Gibbons scrimmaged NWGHS at Guilford College Lax field on Saturday. Final score was approx. 17-14 in favor of CGHS. NWGHS led early but CGHS had a slight lead at half. Lots of scoring on both ends. Both teams strong offensively. CGHS had the advantage at the face off position but NWGHS moved the ball well on offense and in transition. A real treat to see two of the best teams in NC shake some of the rust off from the long winter. Expect both teams to be in the hunt for East and West champion respectively.
NC Lax wrote on February 22, 2017 at 1:42 am:
A lot of teams scrimmaged this past weekend, anyone go to some of these scrimmages? Who looked good?
Lacrosse fan from Chapel hill wrote on February 19, 2017 at 4:58 pm:
What are they saying on private school front - repeat of Ravenscroft v Christ School
Coach Lantzy from Durham wrote on February 19, 2017 at 4:22 am:
Thursday March 9, 2017 Match-ups Time Location
Norfolk Academy (VA) v. Hill Academy II (CN) 8:30pm UNC Navy Field
Chapel Hill HS (NC) v. Woodberry Forest (VA) 7:00pm UNC Navy Field

Friday March 10, 2017 Match-ups Time Location
Hill Academy II (CN) v. Providence Day School (NC) 4:15pm Cardinal Gibbons
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. Lambert HS (GA) 4:15pm Cardinal Gibbons
Charlotte Latin (NC) v. Ravenscroft (NC) 6:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Memphis University School (TN) v. Norfolk Academy 6:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
McCallie School (TN) v. Woodberry Forest (VA) 4:00pm Durham County Stadium
Cape Henry Colliegiate (VA) v. Highland Park (TX) 5:45pm Durham County Stadium
Kiski School (PA) v. Lake Norman (NC) 7:30pm Durham County Stadium
Durham Academy (NC) v. Charlotte Christian (NC) 4:00pm NC Central University
Wando (SC) v. STAB (VA) 5:45pm NC Central University

Girls Games
Durham Academy (NC) vs Myers Park (NC) 7:00om UNC Navy Field
Pope (GA) vs Green Hope (NC) 8:15pm UNC Navy Field
Norfolk Academy (VA) vs Charlotte Catholic (NC) 7:45pm Cardinal Gibbons
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. St. Catherine's (VA) 7:45pm Cardinal Gibbons

Saturday March 11, 2017 Match-ups Time Location
Lambert HS (GA) v. Calvert Hall (MD) 10:00am Cardinal Gibbons
Norfolk Academy (VA) v. Paul VI (VA) 10:00am Cardinal Gibbons
Cape Henry Colliegiate (VA) v. Charlotte Latin (NC) 11:45am Cardinal Gibbons
Lake Norman HS (NC) v. East Chapel Hill (NC) 10:00am Cedar Falls Park
Charlotte Country Day (NC) v. Hill Academy II 11:45am Cedar Falls Park
Memphis University School (TN) v. Woodberry Forest (VA) 10:00am Duke University
Providence Day School (NC) v. Wando (SC) 10:00am Durham County Stadium
Charlotte Christian (NC) v. Ravenscroft (NC) 12:00pm Durham County Stadium
STAB (VA) v. St. Marks (TX) 5:45pm Durham County Stadium
Northwest Gulford HS (NC) v. Highland Park HS (TX) 7:15pm Durham County Stadium
McDonogh School (MD) v. Durham Academy (NC) 10:00am NC Central University
McCallie School (TN) v. Kiski School (PA) 11:45am NC Central University

College Games
Duke University v. Loyola University 12:00pm Koskinen Stadium
University of North Carolina v. Hofstra University 2:30pm Fetzer Field
University of North Carolina Women v. UVA Women 12:00pm Fetzer Field

Girls Games
Charlotte Catholic (NC) vs Norfolk Academy (VA) 4:15pm Cardinal Gibbons
Myers Park (NC) vs St. Catherine's (VA) 4:15pm Cardinal Gibbons
Cy Fair (TX) vs Cardinal Gibbons (NC) 6:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Durham Academy (NC) vs Pope (GA) 9:45am UNC Navy Field

Sunday March 12, 2017 Match-ups
Boy's Games Time Location
St. Marks School (TX) v. Paul VI (VA) 11:30pm Durham County Stadium
Calvert Hall HS (MD) v. Grennsboro Day School (NC) 1:30pm Durham County Stadium
Hill Academy II (CN) v. Memphis University School (TN) 10:00am Cardinal Gibbons
STAB (VA) v. Kiski School (PA) 10:00am Cardinal Gibbons
Hill Acedemy II (CN) v. Wando HS (SC) 1:00pm Cardinal Gibbons

Girls Game
Cy Fair (TX) vs St. Catherine's 10:00am Duke University

Monday March 13, 2017 Time Location
Highland Park (TX) v. McDonogh School (MD) 10:00am Duke Univeristy
St. Mark's School (TX) v. Hill Academy II (CN) 10:00pm Durham County Stadium

Tuesday March 14, 2017 Time Location
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. McDonogh School (MD) 4:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Coach Lantzy from Durham wrote on February 19, 2017 at 4:21 am:
For immediate release (date of release)
Contact: Jon Lantzy, jon.lantzy@da.org
Seventh Annual King of the Spring Face-Off Classic set for March 9-13, 2017, in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, N.C.
Top high school lacrosse teams to support efforts of the Vs. Cancer Foundation
DURHAM, N.C. – The national high school lacrosse spotlight will turn to the Triangle area of North Carolina once again this spring as 34 of the nation's top men's and women's high school lacrosse teams will compete in the eighth annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic, scheduled for March 9-13, 2017, in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Hosting this year's tournament are Durham Academy and Cardinal Gibbons High School. The complete tournament schedule is available at www.kingofspringlax.com.
"Year eight has shaped up to be the toughest field of teams in the event’s history. We have reigning state champions from North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, along with the 2016 MIAA [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association] champion all participating this spring,” explained Jon Lantzy, tournament director and Durham Academy boys lacrosse coach. “The King of the Spring has emerged as a one-of-a-kind event in the high school lacrosse community and has quickly become an annual destination for some of the best programs in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
"As coaches and educators, we are always looking for meaningful opportunities to expose our student-athletes to the true meaning of service. We will once again use this weekend as on opportunity for not only great competition on the field, but a chance to inspire our student-athletes to use their many talents to make their communities a better place."
The 2017 tournament will once again support the efforts of the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to cure childhood cancer by directing proceeds to both national-level research efforts and local pediatric cancer hospitals for patient care. Learn more about this Raleigh-based organization at www.vs-cancer.org.
“On behalf of the Vs. Cancer Foundation, we are humbled and thrilled to be partnering with Durham Academy and the King of the Spring Face-Off Classic again in 2017, as we have a real and tangible opportunity to help change outcomes for children battling cancer right here in North Carolina," said Chase Jones, founder and CEO of the Vs. Cancer Foundation. "As a cancer survivor, personally, I have been on the receiving end of these funds that are raised, and we are ecstatic to now help the next child beat cancer, right here in the Triangle."
Lantzy is grateful to have the Vs. Cancer Foundation as a King of the Spring partner.
"Chase and the Vs. Cancer Foundation are doing wonderful things, not only in the Triangle but across the country, helping so many kids and families," he said. "The first time I met Chase, it took about a second to see the amount to passion he has for this cause. Chase is an athlete and a cancer survivor — he understands the impact that team sports have on young adults and their communities. The Vs. Cancer Foundation allows young student-athletes to use their love of sports to support such an important cause, and we are thrilled to have them as a partner for this year’s event.”
In addition to the 34 high school boys and girls teams that will compete, the players will be able to take in some terrific collegiate action. Duke University will take on Loyola University on Saturday, March 11, at noon; the defending NCAA DI champion University of North Carolina men will face Hofstra University on March 11 at 2:30 p.m.; and the defending NCAA DI champion, University of North Carolina women will take on the University of Virginia on March 11 at noon.
In all, the 34 teams participating in the King of the Spring tournament will compete in 38 games on fields around the Triangle over the course of four days. Joining hosts Durham Academy and Cardinal Gibbons in sponsoring the event are Brine Lacrosse, Triangle Orthopedic Associates, Fusion Lacrosse, Lacrosse.com and the newly formed Durham Sports Commission.
Stevie wrote on February 15, 2017 at 1:40 pm:
The champions challenge to support wounded warrior is a great event with an even greater cause. If you have not attended in past please try to come out and support.

Interesting thought by Spice Boy that Catholic/ Weddington is suggested Champ Challenge marquee game. The first two years the prime time game pitted the defending state champs against each other. This year and last that changed. I hope the school administrators and club coaches can get the defending champs to return. My choice for game slate is

CCDS girls vs CGHS girls (NCISAA vs NCHSAA champs)
Forsyth vs Marvin Ridge (NCISAA D2 vs NCHSAA 3A)
Ravenscroft vs CGHS (NCISAA D1 vs NCHSAA 4A) - LP top two teams in 2016 too
D1 Commits wrote on February 14, 2017 at 9:19 pm:
It appears that North Carolina has over 30 Athletes committed to play D1 Lacrosse from the 2017-2019 Classes. Schools from the ACC, Big 10, Big East, Ivy, SoCon, etc. are all represented. Great to see that these young men from our state are getting recognition for their work.
Freddy the freak. wrote on February 14, 2017 at 6:38 pm:
3A Early Rankings

Weddington
After weddington got upset last year in the playoffs they have had that ring of their minds. They are more talented and more experienced than any other team in 3A. They have at least 6 college commits (5 are d1). They come back this year only losing 2 starters but have reloaded these positions. Look for Helms (UNC), Shipley (Penn), Leonard (Furman) and Fasanaro (Quinnipiac) to lead the high powered offense. Look for Donofrio and Mabarak to back up the strong D.
Marvin Ridge
Marvin Ridge may have seen a drop of from last year but people have said that every year. They lose about 6 starters and are still considered very young. With the new coach it will be interesting to see how they play without the Dodd father. Offensively they are lead by Renner (Furman) and Atlas. Defensively they look to a very young squad that is hoping to pick up the slack that was left behind.
Northern Guilford
North Guilford is a team that has always seen its way to the Semis. Overall the team is very scrappy and plays hard in between the lines. Offensively they are somewhat weak, but defensively they are lead by Mayer in goal who is working hard to fill his brothers shoes from a couple years ago.
Community of Davidson
Community of Davidson is an up and coming team that has shown success in the past year or so. They cut it close with Weddington this past year and that caught many people's attention. Offensively they are young but still will test any defense. Defensively they are lead by strong and veteran defensive unit. I could see this team as a black horse in 3A.
Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill is an up and down team. In the past their team has been seen as a strong group. They lose a senior goalie who really anchored the D yet they are still very hopeful for the future. They aren't a team to give up and roll over so don't doubt these guys.
wrote on February 14, 2017 at 1:17 am:
Who do you think will be the most impactful freshman this year?
Not necessarily the best, but the most impactful to their team.
Spicy Boi wrote on February 13, 2017 at 2:07 am:
@LaxBro I agree with you on the NW game that Weddington will come out victorious, but Catholic matches up well with Weddington. Will not be an easy game for the Warriors, I'm making a way too early prediction (only because the conversation has started) that Catholic will upset Weddington in the Wounded Warrior game (which I think should be the primetime game).
Laxbro wrote on February 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm:
Weddington vs Catholic and Weddington vs NW who do you have in both? Weddingtons offense probably best in the state with the middies (UNC,Penn, Furman) Helms,Shipley, Leonard. (Attack Quinnipiac and Roanoke) I dont think they will lose coming from a outside source.
TriadLax wrote on February 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm:
There are a few "barometer" games within the first couple of weeks of the season--games that will begin to show where teams stack up as the season begins:

1. Leesville Rd. at Broughton (2/28)--two teams perennially fighting for the top spot in Conf. 4. Leesville graduated a lot of talent, while Broughton seems to be bringing a lot back.
2. Lake Norman at CG (3/4)--the first week of the season brings a rematch of last year's championship game! Both teams lost some great talent to graduation, particularly scoring, but will likely reload as always. This is a Saturday game, so hopefully there will be a good crowd for this one.
3. Holly Springs at Apex (3/7)--Apex is another team that graduated a lot of talent, while Holly Springs seems to be returning a lot of good talent.
4. Weddington at NW Guilford (3/10)--Both teams have significant returning talent on both sides of the ball. Weddington appears to be the favorite in the 3A this year, and NW Guilford should be top 3 or 4 in 4A. Big measuring stick game for both teams.

I'm sure there are other great games that I've missed--these just caught my eye looking at some of the teams' schedules. Looking forward to another great season of lacrosse in NC.
Freddy the freak. wrote on February 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm:
Who does everyone believe to be the best players in 3a and 4a and who do you think it will come down to in the state finals?
Mike from Charlotte wrote on February 8, 2017 at 3:28 am:
Charlotte Country Day should have a very solid year and will most definitely compete for the Private school state championship. They are led by there strong defense (Katz, Engel, Cranz, Fewin) and veteran goalie Roselle (Middleburry Commit). The offense will have to pick up the slack without Pitroff, but look for Seniors Stackhouse, Hall and Akande to have big roles along with Sophomores Harrison and Hudson. The face off X shouldn't be a problem either as two very physical midfielders in G. Mitchell (sophomore) and N. Radford (senior) will provide plenty of ground balls for CCDS.
wrote on February 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm:
Thoughts on Charlotte Country Day for 2017?
Steve Philipp from Wilmington wrote on February 7, 2017 at 11:14 am:
The Cape Fear Clash Tournament is Scheduled For June 10-11 2017
Come join us at the Beach in Wilmington North Carolina. This is a great warm up tournament for our state club teams to attend prior to their summer out of state schedules. Lower cost than any two day tournament in the North Carolina. Link provided below.
http://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=63244&org=CAPEFEARLACROSSE.ORG
Lax Fanatic wrote on February 7, 2017 at 1:18 am:
It's truly great to see how much tougher the strength of schedule for many NC teams has gotten over the past year. Regarding my top 5 rankings related to SOS I would have to say Cardinal Gibbons, Charlotte Catholic, Lake Norman, Northwest Guilford, and Weddington. Each of the First 4 Teams of have scheduled some really tough out of state games.
wrote on February 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm:
weddington wins the 3A state title this year with ease.
wrote on February 1, 2017 at 5:58 am:
PREDICTIONS:
4A- Gibbons comes out on top while returning solid players and standout athletes like their juniors whom have continued to standout year-to-year.
3A- Weddington comes out on top returning the bulk of their starting line up and with experience coming from the sophomore and junior contributors as well as strong seniors coming back to finish their last year. I see them being very difficult to beat this year.
Rick Wooten wrote on February 1, 2017 at 2:42 am:
Just a reminder of the youth officials' clinic this weekend at Cardinal Gibbons. If interested, please contact me at rickwooten.tmloa@gmail.com.

Thank you.
TriadLax wrote on January 31, 2017 at 6:39 pm:
Regarding the strength of schedule question, I haven't studied the schedules of all HS teams, but of the ones that I looked at, Cardinal Gibbons, Charlotte Catholic, NW Guilford and Weddington jumped out as having scheduled strong out-of-conference and out-of-state. Not surprising given that those teams are expected to be very strong. Of course, some teams are limited in their ability to create stronger schedules as a result of being in larger conferences and/or playing conference opponents twice.
Mr.Lax wrote on January 30, 2017 at 2:06 pm:
This is in response to Dr.Lax, yes those are good but here's mine

Caplis(Lkn)
Watkins(Ak)
Baker (CC)

Synder (Ak)
Bohmer (CC)
Lecky (Lkn)

Bokavich(Lkn)
Mark Florio from Wake Forest wrote on January 29, 2017 at 7:55 pm:
**Friday Night LAX in Wake Forest**
FINAL CLINIC SESSIONS BEFORE SPRING
GET READY FOR SPRING KAX
For players 6-12 years of age with 0-4 years experience
Join our Feb 2017 clinic now
The past five clinics were a huge success!
MVP Sports Factory is excited to continue our partnership in 2017 with Just For Lax Moms to hold a series of clinics and skill building sessions for boys interested in learning the game of lacrosse. This class is ideal for 6-12 years old with zero to four years experience.
Coach Mark Florio has more than 18 years’ experience coaching boys all over the Triangle from beginners to high- level high school travel teams. He is a dedicated coach who enjoys instilling a passion for the game while focusing on fundamentals and building great character and sportsmanship.
**Play indoors&parents can go relax at the many restaurants in the Factory**
The sessions will include 4 Friday night clinics . Friday curriculum will focus on passing, catching, shooting, ground balls, and basic offensive & defensive concepts and game play.


Winter 2017
Session : February $165
Fridays: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
7:30pm-9:00pm

Register online at www.mvpsportsfactory.com
or by calling 919-453-1503
Spicy Boi wrote on January 29, 2017 at 5:02 am:
Defensive players out of the West:
LSM- Noah Strassner (Catholic): Strassner is one of the fastest poles in the state, mix that with his great stick skills and field awareness, he's the complete package LSM out of the West.
Defense: Nobody is really head & shoulders above everyone else so here are a few names that could make a huge difference for their respective teams: Coby Kurts (Marvin Ridge), Michael Horgan (Catholic), Patrick Collins (Catholic), Landon Clary (NWG).
Goalie- Archer Patella (RJ Reynolds): Great, athletic goaltender that will be an anchor for this Reynolds team. Watch out for this team led by Patella, my sleeper pick for this upcoming season.
@ NCLAXFAN wrote on January 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm:
I agree that Charlotte Catholic will have one the best defenses in the West. I think some of the LSM/Defensive players to watch include NWG's Landon Clary (Cuse Commit), Reynold's Jack Peatross, & Weddington's LSM Duo of Tanner Cox & Jared Papke.
LimpStick wrote on January 26, 2017 at 8:03 pm:
Rank your top teams based off of Strength of Schedule. (who has the hardest schedule rank in a top 5 or 10 your choice)
NCLAXFAN wrote on January 26, 2017 at 6:42 pm:
Some very good players to watch this year. Should be an exciting year.
Fasanaro, Caputo's, Philipp, Frankeny, Elder, Medwar, Goldsmith, Jones, Voelkel, Baker, Byrd, Bohmer, Shipley should all be fun to watch on offense. Who are the standouts on defense/Lsm? I think CG defense will be the best in the state. MC looks very good as well. I am sure I left some very good players off the offense and would like to hear about them as well.
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on January 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm:
Some great college lacrosse action in Durham and Chapel Hill Saturday:

Scrimmage schedule for Saturday:

9:00am - UNC v. Navy at Navy Field
11:00am - Duke v. Ohio State at Practice turf
1:30pm - Navy v. Richmond at Durham County Stadium

Three weeks until the season starts, get out watch some great lacrosse action. We are so fortunate to have the highest level lacrosse in our back yard, don't take it for granted. Great way to learn.
Dr.LAX from charlotte wrote on January 25, 2017 at 4:59 pm:
Top players from the west(4A)
Midfield- Carter Watkins(AK)
Ryan Caplis(LKN)
Attack- Brad thompson(CC)
Sean Goldsmith(NWG)
Matt Elder(LKN)
Goalie- Ricky Bokavich(LKN)
Red Creek Lacrosse from Apex, NC wrote on January 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm:
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BOYS LACROSSE CAMP
FEBRUARY 6, 7, 8TH

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ADDRESS: 151 PARK AVENUE, APEX, NC 27539

K-2ND GRADE: 5:30-6:30PM
3-5TH GRADE: 5:30-7PM
COST $40, $10 DISCOUNT FOR EACH ADDITIONAL SIBLING!

PAYMENT CAN BE COMPLETED AT CHECK IN WITH A $40 CHECK TO RED CREEK LACROSSE, OR VIA CREDIT CARD THROUGH PAYPAL LINK THAT WILL BE SENT OUT TO PLAYERS ONCE THEY REGISTER.

EQUIPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ANY PLAYERS IN NEED OF EQUIPMENT. PLAYERS THAT OWN ALL OR SOME EQUIPMENT SHOULD BRING AND WE CAN PROVIDE ANY MISSING EQUIPMENT.

CAMP COACHING STAFF INCLUDES:
NICK HOLOTA - HEAD COACH, MIDDLE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
NICK FLOHR - HEAD JV COACH, MIDDLE CREEK HIGH SCHOOL
STEVE GUNN - HEAD COACH, WEST LAKE LACROSSE CLUB
PLUS CURRENT AREA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS!

Register at: www.redcreeklax.com
​AFTER REGISTRATION A FOLLOW UP EMAIL WILL BE SENT PRIOR TO CAMP WITH WAIVER AND PAYMENT INFORMATION.
Green Hope Lacrosse wrote on January 19, 2017 at 6:26 pm:
Green Hope Lacrosse is looking for two part time or full time assistant coaches. One will work with the varsity team and the other will work with the JV team.

Our practice times vary depending on the team.

These are paid positions.

If you are interested please contact Chase Kaznowski or John Larkin at ghlaxcoach@att.net.
Spicy Boi wrote on January 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm:
Attack: Brad Thompson (CC), great player that can easily go both hands. Will reek havoc on the West this year and has great compliments with him in Matt Bohmer and Ian Baker.

Midfield: Matt Elder (LKN), probably the best offensive player in the state. Can beat anyone in front of him and will rack up points against any defenseman.
Its a new season wrote on January 19, 2017 at 3:37 am:
reply too Its a new season
3A
Attack- Cameron Renner,
Midfield- Weddingtons whole line equally great Alex Helms, Austin Leonard James Shipley
Defense- Coby Kurtz
TriadLax wrote on January 18, 2017 at 7:22 pm:
Would love hear from some input from some of the Charlotte lax observers about why Weddington is expected to be so strong this year. I know they were very good last year, but I've heard some suggest they could be best in the state this year. What parts of their are particularly strong? Also would like to hear some thoughts about how CC and LKN compare to their respective teams of last year.
Mark Hofmeister from Williamsburg wrote on January 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm:
We are hosting a US Lacrosse Pilot Sanctioned girls lacrosse tournament in Williamsburg, VA on June 3, 2017. Rising juniors and seniors have a chance to win a $500 scholarship. All players will receive 3 games (possibility of 4) and a t-shirt. Champs will receive a trophy cup and will be able to play in next years tournament at no charge.
It's a new season wrote on January 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm:
Ok. Let's get this discussion going...Give me your top player at each position coming into the season, from the West. Go.
Jeff Meese from Kennesaw, GA wrote on January 17, 2017 at 5:54 pm:
Harrison High School (Kennesaw, GA) boy's lacrosse is looking for 2 games in Charlotte area on 4/21 & 4/22.

If you have any opening and interested in picking up a game please contact.
jeffrey.meese@cobbk12.org
Mark Florio from Wake Forest wrote on January 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm:
A huge THANK YOU to Duke Whelan and his team from the Eastern NC chapter of US Lacrosse for a well organized and informative coach's clinic this past Sat. at NC State.
The first class facilities combined with informative sessions for coaches of all knowledge levels was a huge success in my opinion.
The NC State club lax teams provided numerous volunteers who were there from early AM until the events conclusion and provided indispensable time in contributing to the event's success.
Thanks to all the presenters who shared their knowledge with the 100+ attendees.
Also thanks to all the sponsors who contributed to the event.
Don't miss your next opportunity to grow your knowledge of the game at the level I coaches certification March 5 at Durham Academy.
Great job to all!!
mr wrote on January 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm:
I agree weddington wins
Southeast Raleigh Lacrosse from Raleigh wrote on January 12, 2017 at 7:06 pm:
Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School is looking for 2 Assistant Lacrosse Coaches for the upcoming year.

One of those positions could turn into the JV Head Coach the following year.

Contact Coach Smith if interested at Michael.john.smith125@gmail.com or 919-514-9092
wrote on January 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm:
In 3A I believe it really comes down to the Weddington v Marvin game. Weddington comes out with a much stronger team this year than that of Marvin Ridge. I predict that Weddington easily wins the 3A title. Your thoughts?
Enloe Lacrosse from Raleigh wrote on January 10, 2017 at 3:31 pm:
Enloe High School is currently looking for an assistant coach/defensive coordinator ASAP.

This is a paid position.

If you are interested or know anyone that would be, please contact Coach Arthur Kyner.

akyner@gmail.com

Cell: 919-604-5593
Hilltopper Staff wrote on January 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm:
The Carolina Hilltoppers High School Lacrosse Program will be holding our summer lacrosse tryouts this friday night at 6:30 pm, January 13th at North Carolina Central University. For more information, and registration please visit hilltopperlax.com
Coaches Clinic from Raleigh wrote on January 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm:
The coaches clinic scheduled for January 7th at NC State has been rescheduled for January 14th. All event details, times, and locations will remain the same from the 7th.
wrote on January 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm:
Nice to see some NC representation on the medal stand at the recent Dick's Tournament of Champions in Florida. Team Carolina won the 13U Championship and Red Devil took third in the 15U Division (won by FCA National).
http://www.ndplacrosse.com/Default.aspx?tabid=914131
Mark Florio from Wake Forest, NC wrote on December 30, 2016 at 8:24 pm:
**Friday Night LAX in Wake Forest**
GET READY FOR SPRING
For players 6-12 years of age with 0-4 years experience
Join our Jan/Feb 2017 clinics now
The past four clinics were a huge success!
MVP Sports Factory is excited to continue our partnership in 2017 with Just For Lax Moms to hold a series of clinics and skill building sessions for boys interested in learning the game of lacrosse. This class is ideal for 6-12 years old with zero to four years experience.
Coach Mark Florio has more than 18 years’ experience coaching boys all over the Triangle from beginners to high- level high school travel teams. He is a dedicated coach who enjoys instilling a passion for the game while focusing on fundamentals and building great character and sportsmanship.
**Play indoors&parents can go relax at the many restaurants in the Factory**
The sessions will include 4 Friday night clinics . Friday curriculum will focus on passing, catching, shooting, ground balls, and basic offensive & defensive concepts and game play.


Winter 2017
Session 1: January $165
Fridays: 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27
7:30pm-9:00pm



Session 2: February $165
Fridays: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24
7:30pm-9:00pm

**REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS**
Special price $300

Register online at www.mvpsportsfactory.com
or by calling 919-453-1503
wrote on December 30, 2016 at 6:57 pm:
Won't disclose where my preference and loyalty lies among Mr Lax's Top Ten, but his words sure have me motivated

Let's get it all started real soon!!!
Mr. Lax wrote on December 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm:
Hello, I'm back with my post fall ball rankings.

Post Fall Ball Rankings

1. Cardinal Gibbons- These guys are gonna be #1 forever, turf field, hardest out of conference schedule, having players from other counties, etc. With that being said, a great team, multiple d1 commits on defense, returning their whole D. Not many people will be scoring many goals on these guys. Offense will be good as well.
2. Middle Creek- Offense is going to be incredible, would love to see them go against the Gibbons D, return just about everybody from last year.
3. Hoggard- Great attack, probably the second best behind Middle Creeks. Returning multiple D1 commits, should be one of the best teams ever from Wilmington.
4. Apex- Some teams rebuild, Apex reloads. Lost huge senior class last year but have one of the best goalies in the State returning. Some good young players returning as well.
5. Broughton- Had a fantastic regular season and then lost in the first round. Returning some very good young offensive players, returning a now veteran defense. Expect them to run through the Cap 8 untouched.
6. Holly Springs- Had a great season last year, returning a lot. I expect them to finish third in Conference 3.
7. Green Hope- return some good players all around, as well as a very good goalie. Could surprise some teams.
8. Wakefield- returns just about everybody from a very talented offense. I expect them to be the second best team in the Cap 8.
9. Heritage- My surprise team, they were very young last year and had a very good season.
10. Leesville- They’ve really improved the past two seasons, making it to the quarterfinals in back to back years. Unfortunately for them all of their talent graduated.
North Carolina Lacrosse Academy wrote on December 21, 2016 at 11:35 pm:
The NCLA has opened registration for our winter programs for boy's grade 1-12 go to nclaxacademy.com to register and for further information
SE Raleigh Lacrosse Games from Raleigh wrote on December 17, 2016 at 3:19 pm:
As most of you know, finally SE Raleigh Lacrosse has re-turned. We are currently trying to fill out our schedule.

These are the days that we currently trying to fill:
3/3/17
3/14/17
3/17/17
3/31/17
4/11/17
4/14/17
4/21/17
4/28/17

If interested contact Coach Smith @ Michael.john.smith125@gmail.com
or
SE Raleigh AD Keith Boddie @ kboddie@wcpss.net

Also if you know of anyone looking to add games feel free to reach out to us as well.
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on December 14, 2016 at 4:47 pm:
Final KOS Match-ups - Times and sites and still being worked out!

Thursday March 9, 2017 Match-ups
Norfolk Academy (VA) v. Hill Academy II (CN)
Chapel Hill HS (NC) v. Woodberry Forest (VA)

Friday March 10, 2017 Match-ups
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. Lambert HS (GA)
McCallie School (TN) v. Woodberry Forest (VA)
Memphis University School (TN) v. Norfolk Academy
Cape Henry Colliegiate (VA) v. Highland Park (TX)
Charlotte Latin (NC) v. Ravenscroft (NC)
Durham Academy (NC) v. Charlotte Christian (NC)
Wando (SC) v. STAB (VA)
Hill Academy II (CN) v. Providence Day School (NC)
Kiski School (PA) v. Lake Norman (NC)


Saturday March 11, 2017 Match-ups
Northwest Gulford HS (NC) v. Highland Park HS (TX)
Charlotte Christian (NC) v. Ravenscroft (NC)
McDonogh School (MD) v. Durham Academy (NC)
Norfolk Academy (VA) v. Paul VI (VA)
Charlotte Country Day (NC) v. Hill Academy II
McCallie School (TN) v. Kiski School (PA)
Memphis University School (TN) v. Woodberry Forest (VA)
STAB (VA) v. St. Marks (TX)
Lambert HS (GA) v. Calvert Hall (MD)
Cape Henry Colliegiate (VA) v. Charlotte Latin (NC)
Providence Day School (NC) v. Wando (SC)
Lake Norman HS (NC) v. East Chapel Hill (NC)

Duke University v. Loyola University
University of North Carolina v. Hofstra University

Sunday March 12, 2017 Match-ups
Boy's Games
St. Marks School (TX) v. Paul VI (VA)
Calvert Hall HS (MD) v. Grennsboro Day School (NC)
Hill Acedemy II (CN) v. Memphis University School (TN)
STAB (VA) v. Kiski School (PA)

Monday March 13, 2017
Highland Park (TX) v. McDonogh School (MD)
St. Mark's School (TX) v. Hill Academy II (CN)

Tuesday March 14, 2017
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. McDonogh School (MD)
US Lacrosse Coaches Clinic from Raleigh wrote on December 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm:
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

US Lacrosse will again be hosting their annual coaches clinic at NC State on January 7th. Speaker list is below, and registration is closing soon and can be found at the link above.

Girls’ Speakers Include-
· Lauren Scott, Meredith College, “Practice Planning and Unconventional Ideas for Success” and “Drills with Meredith College Players"
· Sarah Lamphier, Guilford College, “Defense for the High School Game”
· Kristina Llanes, Mars Hill University “Transition Game”
· Rashelle McLellan, Newberry College “Goalie Fundamentals”
· Neal Camak, North Carolina Lacrosse Academy, “Youth Draw Techniques and Transition”
· Jen Yoder, Broughton High “Youth Defense”
· Lottie Meadows, North Carolina Lacrosse Academy, “Youth Offense”
· Michelle Hood, official, “Girls Rules Interpretation and Changes”

Boys’ Speakers Include-
· Ron Ateshian, Red Devil United, “Progressive Drills for Youth”
· Andrew Allison, East Forsyth High, “Youth Team Offense”
· Matt Peterson, Carolina Cannons and Rival Lacrosse, “Using Stick Skills Ground Balls and Warm-Up Drills to Also Teach Youth Offense and Defense”
· Rick Wooten, Triangle Men’s Lacrosse Officials, “Youth Rules Interpretation”
· Lou Corsetti, US Lacrosse, “Defensive Strategies”
· Chris Hawley, All-America Goalkeeper at Lynchburg, “Goalie Fundamentals”
· Nick Holota, Middle Creek High, “Rides and Clears”
· Mark Goldsmith, NW Guilford High, “Transition Offense”
· John Hayden, Apex High, “Situational Lacrosse”
· Mark Bronzino, Ascension Academy, “Defensive Footwork and Approaches”
· Alex Buckley, Cardinal Gibbons & Joe Cinosky, Cary Academy “Offensive and Defensive Strategy and Tactics for Dodging”

JacksonFarris wrote on December 14, 2016 at 2:36 pm:
You can see the teams who will be playoff ready, top competitors (NWG,CC,LKN,CG) that have crazy hard non-conference schedule. Teams may take their lumps but will be ready for each other later in the season. Some nice match up are NWG-Highland Park TX, CC-Severn, GC-Mcdonough, and LKN-Kiski Prep. There are a lot more I just choose some intriguing matchups.
wrote on December 14, 2016 at 11:09 am:
Anyone know the "King of Spring" team matchups & locations yet?
wrote on December 14, 2016 at 11:05 am:
Regular 2017 tabs on LaxPower now active. Coaches are starting to upload schedules
Southeast Raleigh Lacrosse wrote on December 12, 2016 at 2:18 pm:
Southeast Raleigh Lacrosse is back.

Currently looking to schedule games for the upcoming season. If interested in playing Southest Raleigh Lacrosse please email Keith Boddie (AD) about scheduling games.

Here are the dates still open:
March 3rd
March 7th
March 31st
April 7th
April 11th
Thunderhawks Lacrosse from Triangle wrote on December 8, 2016 at 2:23 pm:
Thunderhawks Lacrosse summer team tryouts will be held January 7th at Womble Park in Holly Springs.

Tryouts are free and players can register online at www.YLSLacrosse.com. Thunderhawks lacrosse is open for players in 2-8th grade and tryout times, summer tournament schedule, and additional information can be found online.

Thanks! Happy Holidays.
Steve Philipp from Wilmington wrote on December 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm:
Shamrock Families,
The Run and Shoot Clinic is back and one of the best bangs for the buck in the state of North Carolina. This event is hosted by 2 MLL Coaches and Division 1, 2, and 3 College level Coaches.
All players wanting to raise their level of play and learn some of the newest MLL and College Techniques should attend this event at the Cape Fear Academy Sports Complex January 14-15, 2017
Run and Shoot Lacrosse offers the very best in instruction for all positions and situations. Our coaches are all current College and Professional coaches who take pride in making sure that every camper gets the most out of the experience. Our coaching staff is dedicated to teaching the methods that work!! Run and Shoot Lacrosse has a GREAT track record with developing and teaching players of all levels and ages for over 15 years.
This winter's camp will take place on January 14th & 15th!
Camp will be open for all boys that are current 5th Graders and older and will be coached by Darryl Delia, Tim McIntee, & Tom Mariano.
To register and find out more about the camp, visit our website:
http://runandshootlacrosse.com/
www.runandshootlacrosse.com
Fusion Lacrosse from Durham wrote on December 5, 2016 at 7:25 pm:
Registration is now open for the 2017 Rival Lacrosse Spring Play League. Rival will begin its 18th year in 2017 and is the south's oldest recreational lacrosse league. Rival will offer boys' teams for 1-6th grades and girls' teams 1-8th grade in Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, North Raleigh, Raleigh & Wake Forest. For more info please check out the link above. Have a great holiday season!
Fusion Lacrosse
Lax Power 2017 Link wrote on December 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm:
You are correct the direct for 2017 link is not easy to find

try the above or in the address bar on any page replace "16" with "17" and the new year will show
Duke Whelan from Cary, NC wrote on December 4, 2016 at 5:01 pm:
2017 NC Coaching Clinic - 10th Annual North Carolina Lacrosse Coaching Clinic will be held on Saturday, January 7th 2017 at NC State University in Raleigh.

Speakers will include local youth, high school and college coaches regarding a variety of topics. This year we will have typical teaching classrooms, but also an area in the gymnasiums in Carmichael for live demonstrations. Last year we had over 100 coaches in attendance and it is our hope these numbers will continue to grow for our 2017 clinic. We have divided the courses into four divisions: High School Boys, High School Girls, Youth Boys and Youth Girls. Registration link - http://usl-eastern-north-carolina.website.siplay.com/
wrote on December 2, 2016 at 9:39 pm:
Thanks for update on LaxPower availability. Still can't seem to view any of the schedules, even GHs or NWGs. No tabs for 2017
Steve Philipp from Wilmington wrote on December 2, 2016 at 8:26 am:
The Cape Fear Shamrocks will be holding its Summer 2017 Tryouts at the Cape Fear Academy Sports Complex January 7-8, 2017.
Schedule attached. All participating members must register online at the Cape Fear Lacrosse Web Site:
http://capefearlacrosse.org/Page.asp?n=66918&org=CAPEFEARLACROSSE.ORG
NO WALK UPS DAY OF EVENT.
All players will tryout with their respective graduating class. No Exceptions.
Summer schedule is being finalized and will post prior to tryouts.
919 Elite LC from Triangle wrote on December 2, 2016 at 2:26 am:
919 Elite LC Tryouts will be January 7th at Womble Park in Holly Springs from 2-4PM.

Graduation classes 2020, 2019, 2018 eligible for tryouts.

Tryouts are free, visit www.919elite.com for registration and program information. Looking forward to building on a terrific fall season.

Good luck to everyone this spring!
Southeast Raleigh Lax from Raleigh wrote on December 2, 2016 at 12:12 am:
Southeast Raleigh Lax is well underway!
If any coaches are interested in the Head Coach position visit http://bit.ly/2gDkegU and submit your application by Monday, December 5th. Interviews will most likely take place the following day, and an offer will be made that Wednesday the 7th.
This is a last minute call to see if there are any more interested coaches.

Plan to see Southeast Raleigh Lax in action during the Spring!

We will be playing only exhibition games, so if there are any teams out there (club or high school) that would be willing to play against Southeast in the upcoming season, email Sophia Overdiep (assistant principle at SE) at soverdiep@wcpss.net and tell her you saw the posting on Triangle Lacrosse Forum.
Schedules on Laxpower wrote on December 1, 2016 at 1:09 pm:
Laxpower has been open for 2017 schedules since early November. It is up to coaches to post. Currently. Green Hope, NW Guilford and a few others have posted.
wrote on November 29, 2016 at 5:48 am:
What offensive players are returning at Millbrook & Enloe?

Both schools had a pair of seniors last year that generated 90% of their offense

What underclassman at these two schools are expected to step up offensively?
CLT from CLT wrote on November 28, 2016 at 7:27 pm:
Let's look at the western part of the state for the upcoming season. I think that most would put NW Guilford and Weddington at the top. NW has a really good/great player at virtually each position, led by their all-american attackman, Goldsmith. Weddington has multiple talented players at each position. Fasanaro (Quinn) leads the attack, Helms (uncommitted) leads the midfield, Donofrio leads the Def. However, you also have other elite players at those positions...ie Dinwiddie at attack, as well as Burns. Shipley (PENN) at midfield, with Leonard (uncommitted) and Sophomore FOGO Litton, who could be dominant this year with Porta gone from MR. At Def you have Mabarak returning from injury, as well as Cox (Soph), and they return a Soph LSM from last year. Goalie could be a big question mark.
Lake Norman will struggle early, but are always right there at the end, peaking at the right time. Bruegger gets them ready year in and year out. Catholic will be younger this year, but return some very good players. Ardrey Kell should be ready to compete with the elite this year. Let's see what Coach Price can do with those guys. I think Marvin will be down after staying near the top the past 4 years or so. With a new coach, it will be interesting to see how they pan out.
wrote on November 27, 2016 at 1:13 pm:
I'm unsure Broughton will be better than everyone else

They did go 17-0 in the regular season, but had very close games with Green Hope, Wakefield and Leesville

They needed some last quarter heroics in all of these games to win, and the guys who really performed graduated

They were pummeled by Holly Springs in the playoffs, and didn't adjust defensively all game

The season will depend on how the younger guys at each school step up

There are a number of transfers coming into various schools and a good crop of young talent coming out of local middle school programs
Brine Nationa Lacrosse Classic from Richmond, VA wrote on November 24, 2016 at 1:59 am:
The Brine National Lacrosse Classic tryouts for North Carolina Boys & Girls are at Duke University on Sunday Jan 22nd

Tryout details are on the BNLC event website. http://www.nationallacrosseclassic.com

Registration links are now active. To register a player, go to: https://my.legacyglobalsports.com/#!/login/NLC

The 2017 Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Richmond, VA, July 18-21
NBHS from Raleigh wrote on November 23, 2016 at 2:12 pm:
Needham Broughton High School is currently looking for a boys junior varsity coach for the 2017 spring season. If interested please email mikerasky7@gmail.com for further information.
wrote on November 22, 2016 at 9:52 pm:
Ah, predictions, predictions, predictions

I'm so glad they make all the teams suit up and play real games on the field
wrote on November 22, 2016 at 9:47 pm:
Who's the new head coach at Wakefield?
Conf. 4 wrote on November 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm:
I disagree that Heritage will be a surprise this season. They are a strong team with lacrosse talent all over the field. I also believe they will beat Wakefield and push Broughton for the number 1 spot. Heritage has the depth needed key positions and talented senior class.
If we see any surprises I believe Enloe and Rolesville will be the two teams to watch in the CAP8 conference 4. Sanderson will continue to improve as well.
1. Brougton
2. Heritage
3. Wakefield
4. Leesville
5. Millbrook/6.Enloe (either way)
7. Sanderson/8.Rolesville (either way)
9. Garner
10. Wake Forest
wrote on November 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm:
When will high school teams start posting their schedules on the N&O website or Laxpower?
Cap8 wrote on November 17, 2016 at 1:06 am:
Agree Broughton will be better then everybody else. However I have Wakefield as my two, Heritage (the surprise team as 3) and Leesville at 4, their seniors were all of there good players last year.

Cap 8 predictions
1. Broughton
2. Wakefield
3. Heritage
4. Leesville
5. Millbrook
6. Sanderson
7. Enloe
8. Rolesville
9. Garner
10. Wake Forrest
To Xavier wrote on November 15, 2016 at 1:18 pm:
If your child attends a public MS that does not sponsor lacrosse, then your player can play at another MS in that school system that does sponsor lacrosse. When Chris Feifs, current Vermont Head Coach, played at Brodgen MS, he attended Carrington MS. MSs are not under the auspices of the NCHSAA whose rules would not permit this; DPI rules allows this.
wrote on November 15, 2016 at 4:32 am:
After watching a few tournaments this fall and learning more about each team's strengths & weaknesses, here's my prediction for Conf 4 (aka CAP 8):

1. Broughton

2/3. Leesville & Wakefield

4. Heritage

5. Millbrook

6./7. Sanderson & Enloe

8./9./10. Wake Forest, Rolesville & Garner
Spicy Boi from Charlotte wrote on November 15, 2016 at 1:43 am:
My West way too early predictions:

1. Weddington: Probably the best offense in the state. Return a lot of studs like Fasanaro (Quinnipiac), James Shipley (Penn), Alex Helms, Austin Leonard, and a few others that can score from anywhere. It will be a tough win for Weddington's opponents.

2. Northwest Guilford: Same thing as Weddington, just not a lot of loss from the Semi-final team last year. I don't know much on them, but from what I do know, they have a very potent offense with a stud on defense.

3. Marvin Ridge: Great team all around led by Cam Renner (Furman) on offense supported by a great cast of young guys. Coby Kurts will come up as a great defender for the Mavericks again this year, be prepared for the Weddington vs. Marvin matchup this year.

4. Catholic: Now before everyone loses their minds over me putting Catholic this far down hear me out (because there is a lot to say). We can all agree that Catholic's 2016 class might have been one of the best classes to come through NC in a while. With that being said they lose their top 4 guys on offense, top 2 guys on defense (who were the 2 best defenders in the state), and a 2-time All-American goalie. Now this years team is a different cast of guys, Brad Thompson, Ian Baker (VMI), Noah Strassner, Matt Bohmer (St. Joes), and Patrick Collins to name a few.

5. Ardrey Kell: Solid team all around don't lose much from last year. Watch out for Teddy Snyder to be the conference POY. Great young talent on this team. Could give Catholic a run for their money in Conference 11.
Raleigh LaxFest - Thank You! from Holly Springs, NC wrote on November 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm:
Thank you to all the teams from the Triangle area, Greensboro, Wilmington, Charlotte, Greenville, and beyond that attended the Raleigh LaxFest this past weekend! With 120 games played over a two day period this was one of the biggest lacrosse events ever held in the Triangle and the quality of lacrosse was excellent!

Thank you to the referees and Rick Wooten for their efforts, and we hope all the teams that attended the event had an enjoyable tournament experience.

Thank you to all the great sponsors and vendor support those local and those that traveled in for the event. A lot of great lacrosse products on display and made for a great lacrosse festival atmosphere.

Finally thank you to everyone that contributed to the event's charitable cause supporting Meg's Smile Foundation and the Haven House.

This even was a US Lacrosse Pilot event working with their new attempts at standardizing age verifications systems, event rules, and oversight. The result was a lot of really close and competitive games between very evenly matched teams. Thank you to US Lacrosse and we hope the event will be used to refine this system and improve all lacrosse events for the players and families.

Division Champions:
10U - Sidewinders(MD) 10-8 over YLS Thunderhawks(NC)
12U - Cape Fear Shamrocks(NC) 5-4 over Valley Select(VA)
14U - YLS Thunderhawks(NC) 9-3 over Carolina Miners(NC)
2021 - Carolina Cannons(NC) 6-5 over Valley Select(VA)
2020 - 919 Elite LC(NC) 10-3 over Carolina Hilltoppers(NC)
2019 - 919 Elite LC(NC) 6-2 over Carolina Miners(NC)
High School Club - NRB(NC) 7-6 over Meeps(NC)
High School Elite - 919 Elite LC(NC) 6-5 over Wake Forest Dogs(NC)
919 Elite LC from Triangle, NC wrote on November 10, 2016 at 7:31 pm:
919 Elite LC High School tryouts for summer travel teams will be held on January 7th from 2-4PM at Womble Park, Holly Springs.

Tryouts are open for players in graduating classes 2018, 2019, 2020.

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TC Lax Father wrote on November 10, 2016 at 1:42 am:
West 4A Predictions

1. Northwest Guilford- Strong team, losing a little talent from last year. Talented attack line who have great chemistry. Also have a D- pole going to Cuse.

2. Catholic- Very young and raw team. Losing a ton of key players. They'll plug players back into the line up and won't lose a beat.

3. Lake Norman- They lose a lot of seniors, but have some good athletes returning. Very physical team, when the ball hits the ground.

4. Ardrey Kell- Very old and experienced. Have talent all over the field, they'll make some noise late in the season. Should be good in conference battle between CC.

5. Mount Tabor- Good team they lose some talented seniors. They should be fine, look for them to upset NW guilford in regular season play.

6. Hough- This is the sleeper team. Decent talent, they also beat Marvin Ridge last year. But this spot on the rankings is a toss up.

I'd love to see the strength of schedule some of these teams have. Personally would love to see some out of state match ups. Liked seeing LN playing Calvert Hall and CC playing The Hill Academy last year.
4ALaxFan from Chapel Hill wrote on November 9, 2016 at 11:14 pm:
RalLax: I love that you're getting the conversation started on 4A East Lax! I would only disagree with your rankings on Heritage and Leesville. Leesville has some serious talent albeit losing 20+ seniors last year. They will also have arguably the best freshman attackman in the state this year in Brian Fitz. And of course it's just preseason but to be fair to them, Heritage beat Green Hope, Holly Springs, and destroyed Millbrook 16-4 at the Wilmington Lax Festival in October. And East? They went 4-2 in Wilmington B division...they will not be anything close to Heritage or Leesville this year.
Xavier from Durham wrote on November 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm:
What lacrosse options are there for 7th - 8th graders in the Durham, Chapel Hill area who's school does not have a Lacrosse program?
Another NC D1 Commit wrote on November 9, 2016 at 2:35 pm:
Congratulations to Shaffer Woody (Durham Academy, M) for his commitment to Syracuse earlier this week. After watching numerous highlight reels I'm not sure if he is a lefty or a righty. I think that's the 2nd 2019 Cuse commit from NC this year.
RalLax wrote on November 8, 2016 at 7:58 pm:
Take a crack at early 4A East Prediction:

1 - Gibbons: Very strong defense, will have plenty of offense to match.
2 - Hoggard: Bring back everyone from a team that was close, will be best Hoggard team and they've had some good ones in the past.
3 - Broughton: Second year with new coach, lose some pieces but strong feeder program keeps the talent level high, should be a tough out this year.
4 - Holly Springs: Defense that shuts teams down and produces offense. Some good young talent to replace their scorers.
5 - Middle Creek: Strong offense, defense should be even better than last year.
6 - Apex: A lot of seniors graduate but they still have plenty of studs. This is probably too low a rank, they will finish higher but might take a few games but by end of year they will be right there.
7 - Jordan HS: Think they will surprise some people, good at FO and bring back most from previous year's young team.
8 - Green Hope: Another team lost a lot of seniors but return strong attack and goalie. They will be better as year goes on as well.
9 - East/Millbrook/Heritage/Leesville/Wakefield: Take your pick here, all these teams have good young players and solid athletes. Will be interesting to see who rises from this group.
#1 Cubs Fan wrote on November 6, 2016 at 12:44 am:
Lake Norman looks to be down this year. I'm predicting Catholic to handle everyone. Then they meet Gibbons in the States and pull an upset. Along with that I feel Marvin Ridge with out Coach Dodd is like PB without J. Weddington sweeps the "light heavy weight" division. Just my thoughts, yours?
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wrote on October 29, 2016 at 3:11 am:
Disregard my comment about Apex

It's Gibbons who's already agreed to play the Christ School in the Champions Challenge
wrote on October 29, 2016 at 3:09 am:
If Conf 3 (SWAC) has 9 teams and play a home/away series that will give each school 16 games

They can add an additional "endowment game" and thus play 1 non Conf opponent

It appears Apex is already agreed to play the Private school state runner ups from last year
Robert McCarthy from Greenville wrote on October 28, 2016 at 9:35 am:
Eastern NC Chapter of US Lacrosse sponsors the Women's National Tean Clinic in Chapel Hill, Nov. 13th. Register your girls now!
http://uslacrosse.org/events/national-team-events/national-team-clinics
Robert McCarthy from Greenville wrote on October 28, 2016 at 3:10 am:
http://uslacrosse.org/events/national-team-events/national-team-clinics
Gus from Charlotte wrote on October 27, 2016 at 11:39 am:
As a casual lacrosse observer from the Charlotte area, it's always safe to say that Catholic will have their share of good players. The soph's should lead the way with Matt Bohmer (St. Joe's commit) Kevin Curry, and Brian Jacobs leading the way on offense, and Patrick Collins heading up a strong defensive unit.
Most of the talent from the area will come from Union county, Weddington and Marvin Ridge should battle again for the 3A title.
Michael Smith from Raleigh, NC wrote on October 26, 2016 at 2:44 pm:
What teams across the state of NC would be willing to take part in Shootout for Soldiers if we are chosen as an expansion city for next year?

I will have more information to follow but you can check them out on their website at shootoutforsoldiers.com
wrote on October 26, 2016 at 12:43 pm:
Sounds like SWAC (Conf3) is locked down playing each other twice vs. scheduling any out of Conference opponents??? Pinecrest(4th yr) left..however has to play Cardinal Gibbons now...along with 1st year Jack Britt.... No schedule flexibility is not good for the upper and lower level teams, or players IMHO
Lax Fan from Durham wrote on October 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm:
So what is the news on all the coach openings across the state at the High School Level?
Lacrosse Fan wrote on October 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm:
What does the offense look like for Catholic this year. Who are some new faces?
Raleigh LaxFest from Ralegih wrote on October 23, 2016 at 11:38 am:
Raleigh LaxFest Registration Closes Tomorrow, 10/24!

We have space for 1 team in the following divisions with even numbers:

  • 14U \ 2022-2021 \ 7th-8th Grade
  • 15U \ 2020 \ 9th Grade
  • 16U \ 2019 \ 10th Grade
  • HS Club: 18U \ (2017-2018-2019) \ 10th-11th-12th Grade
  • HS Elite: 18U \ (2017-2018) \ 11th-12th Grade

Visit www.RaleighLaxFest.com for Details!
WILMINGTON FALL FESTIVAL wrote on October 21, 2016 at 5:14 pm:
Marvin Ridge, Middle Creek, Lake Norman, Shamrocks all had some good players. The best player I saw was the tall lefty on Shamrocks but it seemed every team had a couple of very good players. It was great weather and exactly what you would expect from a fall tournament. Some decent individual play, but as the tournament went on and players got tired the ball seemed to be on the ground a lot. Fun tournament.
Gus from Charlotte wrote on October 21, 2016 at 12:33 pm:
I believe The Wounded Warrior is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 (no joke) at Charlotte's American Legion Memorial Stadium, near Uptown. Should be a great event.
wrote on October 20, 2016 at 10:47 am:
What's the date of the Champions Challenge?
Southeast Raleigh Lax from Raleigh wrote on October 19, 2016 at 2:37 am:
The awakening of Southeast Lax is so near but yet so far! Until we can get a coach and some games in place, we are at a standstill.

Any help is one more step closer to reviving the first team in WCPSS!

If you know anyone eligible to coach that is looking for a team, send them our way!
Champ Challenge wrote on October 18, 2016 at 1:34 pm:
Champions Challenge schedule is posted. Nice lineup but the defending NCISAA champ is missing. No girls teams either. Would of enjoyed seeing CCDS vs. CGHS on the women's side.

2:00 PM Lake Norman Wildcats vs. Marvin Ridge Mavericks
3:30 PM Charlotte Country Day Bucs vs. NorthWest Guilford Vikings
5:00 PM Charlotte Catholic Cougars vs. Weddington Warriors
6:30 PM Wounded Warrior feature speaker
7:00 PM Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders vs. Christ School Greenies
wrote on October 16, 2016 at 11:16 pm:
Lots of high school club & travel club teams playing at various tournaments across the state this weekend

What teams and players stood out?
wrote on October 16, 2016 at 6:49 am:
Great to hear about SE Raleigh lax revival!

I imagine Conf 3 and Conf 4 are already too big to add an additional team, and both conferences are very competitive

It may be good for SE Raleigh to have one season to schedule mostly younger, developing programs

It looks like they will be in a very competitive conference the following year, when the NCHSAA Realignment is implemented in 2017-2018 school year

Those teams would be:
Broughton
Gibbons
Enloe
Leesville
Millbrook
Sanderson SE Raleigh
Late to the dance but.... wrote on October 14, 2016 at 3:58 pm:
....but still dancing. Southeast Raleigh's boys' lacrosse program has risen from the dead and will play this spring. The first varsity program in Wake County will return but not sure if they will be in a conference or not.

Regardless, good for Southeast Raleigh and hoping their program will stay around this time.
LaxAddict wrote on October 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm:
Charlotte Catholic's Jack Curry (2020) has committed to Loyola. Congrats to Jack an always tenacious defenseman with a knack for ground balls, he'll be a great addition for the Greyhounds.
joe from charlotte wrote on October 12, 2016 at 4:41 pm:
Great to see these commits from NC, now we just need to see some of these kids get on the field and actually play....if and when NC kids start showing up on the field and stat sheets, the recruiting for the kids coming behind them will be easier.
wrote on October 10, 2016 at 4:26 am:
Looks like some Conf schedules are finalized, and non-Conf games are being coordinated

While LaxPower is not set up for the 2017 season yet, MaxPreps is ready for schedule input

It will be interesting to see the non-Conf schedules, especially for the teams who have the special resources to travel out-of-state
Charlotte D1 Commits wrote on October 6, 2016 at 9:41 pm:
Congrats to 2019 Matt Bomher Charlotte Catholic/ Team Carolina on his commitment to St Joe's in Philly. Also Congrats to James Shipley Weddington/Team Carolina on his commitment to Penn.
@ Triad D1 Commits wrote on October 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm:
Greensboro Day's Spencer Clapp, 2017 D, also committed to Jacksonville.
Triad D1 Commits wrote on October 6, 2016 at 3:02 pm:
Looks like the talent is growing across the state including the Triad. NW Guilford's Landon Clary, 2019 LSM, has committed to Syracuse. Greensboro Day's Jack Deligatti, 2018 A, committed to Richmond.
ULax League at Mills Park MS wrote on October 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm:
I went to the opening night of play at Mills Park MS for the new ULax-Raleigh league. Saw a lot of good fast play, passing, clearing, ball rarely on the ground. Any youth or HS player who wants to see some good play ought to try to catch part of it.

Only bad thing is that play runs from 9-11pm so that might not work out too well when you have school the next day; but it is still good play and enjoyable to watch.

League runs for 6 more Wed nights thru Nov. 16.
Commitment wrote on October 5, 2016 at 10:12 pm:
Heritage A/M Keelan Seneca has committed to Albany. Only a sophomore, looks like talent is growing in wake county exponentially
wrote on October 2, 2016 at 11:10 pm:
http://gopeacepacers.com/news/2016/9/30/william-peace-universitys-hires-nate-bates-as-first-ever-head-mens-lacrosse-coach.aspx?path=mlax
wrote on October 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm:
Congratulations to Coach Nate Bates being name to first mens lacrosse coach at William Peace College. Coach Bates has been a long supporter and advocate for players from our state.
http://www.usasouth.net/general/2016-17/releases/20160930jhesov
King of Spring dates wrote on September 28, 2016 at 7:49 pm:
The 2017 KoS dates are Fri Mar 10-Sun Mar 13. Great teams coming from out of state, 9 reigning state champions from Md, GA, NC, TN, VA and other states are in the mix, should be a lot of fun to watch.
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on September 28, 2016 at 4:18 pm:
King of the Spring will indeed be played March 10-12 this spring. We have a ton of great programs hailing from 7 states and Canada making the trip to the Triangle. Should be some great high school lacrosse action.
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2017 King of Spring will.... wrote on September 27, 2016 at 9:33 pm:
2017 KOS likely will be played March 10-12, usually the second weekend of the regular season. Couldn't find anything definite but last year it was the second weekend of March.

Southern Durham has a coach but don't know his name. Neal MS, which just started its program last year, will feed SDurham.

The triangle again has over 1/3 of all NCHSAA teams, 34 of 101 and 37 of 101 if you count the 3 Cumberland and Moore County teams. Have heard rumblings that there will be several more next year from down there. I look to growth in Johnston County soon, they can't hold out forever, can they?
Raleigh LaxFest from Triangle wrote on September 27, 2016 at 4:43 pm:
Still spaces open for the Raleigh LaxFest on November 12th and 13th. Event is held in Holly Springs, just south of Raleigh at excellent turf facilities.

Youth divisions at this time are on a waitlist adding teams in pairs. High School divisions for 2020, and 2019 teams are close to filling, and still a few spots for High School Travel(10-12th grade teams) and High School Clubs(School based teams, any grade) available.

Visit www.RaleighLaxFest.com for info and registration. Should be a great event, perfect for local high school teams, club teams, and travel teams!

Good luck to all teams this fall!
Kerri Bishop from Wilmington wrote on September 26, 2016 at 5:28 pm:
Wilmington Fall Lacrosse Tournament is looking for 1 more JV team to fill in the bracket to allow a Championship format.
Contact information is on the Website:
www.wilmingtonlacrossefestival.com
October 15-16,2016 Boys full field
10 v 10 tournament.
wrote on September 26, 2016 at 5:39 am:
Anyone know which weekend in Mar the King of Spring will be held?
Who's been invited?
Outside teams?
NC teams?
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wrote on September 16, 2016 at 7:49 pm:
So who's coaching the brand new Southern Durham team?

Did they have a club team last year?

Do they have any middle school feeder programs?
wrote on September 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm:
Didn't expect the NCHSAA to use the new 2017-2018 realigned conferences yet, but by moving some existing teams around they were showing limited change is possible, even if it lasts just one year

Given that, they missed a great opportunity to divide the 19 remaining teams in conferences 3 & 4 into three smaller 6-7 team conferences

Now these schools must be constrained again by playing a very limited non-Conf schedules if their ADs want to stick with their traditional home & away format against Conf opponents

2017-2018 can't get here soon enough
Forgot Voyager Academy... wrote on September 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm:
VA goes from club to Varsity and SDurham starts from scratch as a Varsity, they are in Conference 6, making that a 10 team conference.

On the distaff side, girls' grew from 69 last year according to LaxPower to 75 this year in the NCHSAA so good growth there as well.
Conference draft is posted wrote on September 16, 2016 at 3:32 pm:
While this may likely be the final setup, the first/last draft of conferences is posted. https://www.nchsaa.org/sites/default/files/2016-7MensLaxConf.pdf

Lots of travel ahead for Conf 5 with new teams Jack Britt and Union Pines going there along wih Pinecrest moving from Conf 3 to Conf 5. They will join Gibbons, ECH, Jordan, Northern and Riverside.

Conf 3 and 4 are still log jammed with 9 and 10 teams respectively, next year's realignment will alleviate this, too bad it wasn't this year for the realignment.

101 total teams, only other new team is North Davidson.
Conferences! wrote on September 16, 2016 at 3:31 pm:
New conference draft is up. They put Jack Britt, Union Pines (and moved Pinecrest) to Conference 5
ECH is already 3A in numbers wrote on September 15, 2016 at 2:42 pm:
While a lot has changed since the last realignment, looking at the ADM numbers one can easily see that East CH should not be in the 4A ranks now. A look at next year's conferences ECH would only be the 5th largest school in their conference, near the middle of the pack for 3A schools. ADM numbers for ECH next year's conference members are:
1. Hillside- 1549 (does not field lax team)
2. Northern Durham- 1514
3. Chapel Hill- 1467
4. Southern Durham- 1428 (club/varsity this year?)
5. East CH- 1368
6. Northwood- 1339
7. Orange- 1324
8. Cedar Ridge- 1144

And it would not be unprecedented to have a mixed classification conference. Last year's conference 1 had a mixture of 3 and 4 A teams, conference 2 had 2, 3 and 4 A teams and local conference 6 has 1, 2 and 3 A teams.

But that's just my opinion.
919 Elite Lacrosse from Triangle wrote on September 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm:
919 Elite Lacrosse tryouts for high school players will be held this Saturday from 6-8PM at North Main Athletic Complex in Holly Springs.

Online registration is available at www.919Elite.com and is free and open to any players in high school graduating classes 2020-2017. Additional program information including tournament and practice schedule is available online as well.

Also the Kyle Harrison 919 Elite Pro Clinic has 2 high school spots left open. If interested in meeting and working with one of the best to ever play the game there are two high school spots remaining and a handful of spots for 3-8th graders. As a bonus we'll be auctioning off his signed back-up stick from this past season of play with the MLL Ohio Machine! That registration is also available at 919Elite.com as well.

Good luck to all players this season!
Conference schedules..... wrote on September 14, 2016 at 4:03 am:
Until the NCHSAA determines the conferences, it would likely be futile to do conference scheduling. While I would no doubt feel that some games have been penciled in on the calendar, I doubt anything has been etched in stone for most of the conferences due to the unknown makeup of several of the conferences. But in another week or so, we should see the first draft of conferences from the NCHSAA which should be pretty darn close to the final makeup.
Cameron Ferguson from Wake Forest wrote on September 13, 2016 at 4:23 pm:
Heritage High School in Wake Forest is seeking a Varsity Women's coach for the 2017 season. The school is still in the early stages of building a successful program but has a lot of support from the athletic department and parents, and around 25-30 girls were on the team last year with more expected this year. This position pays $2,389 for 0-4 years of experience in the county.

Contact Heritage HS AD Pat Kennedy at pkennedy@wcpss.net to apply and/or apply online at the Wake County Website.
wrote on September 13, 2016 at 4:01 pm:
So when will the NCHSSA bless us with the 2017 Lax conferences? Inquiring minds want to know. I don't think they will jump ahead and use the new, realigned conferences yet because some schools, like ECH will be 4A this year, but drop down to 3A next school year
It will be good to finally see some smaller conferences in Wake County. The current 10 team conferences just too big
wrote on September 13, 2016 at 2:46 am:
Any conference schedules out yet?

Which conferences will hold conference tournaments to decide their champion?

Is Conference 3 sticking with the same divisional format as last year?
LeAnn Squier from Charlotte wrote on September 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm:
Providence High School in Charlotte, NC is taking applications for a Men's Varsity Head Coach effective immediately. This is a coaching only position. Interested applicants can contact LeAnn Squier at Lwsquier@carolina.rr.com.
4 new teams wrote on September 12, 2016 at 1:31 pm:
Jack Britt, Union Pines, North Davidson, Southern Durham are all going to field teams this year. No drops.
Never mind my opinion but.... wrote on September 9, 2016 at 5:59 pm:
If I were the NCHSAA and looking at next year's conferences , I'd just go ahead and form the 2017 conferences as closely as they could along those lines. That would make it a lot easier to add the remote teams to a conference without making any conference too big. Here's the link to the 2017-18 conferences, https://www.nchsaa.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2017-21RealignmentFinalDraft.pdf
wrote on September 8, 2016 at 9:42 pm:
11-12 teams in one conference???

Way to big!!

Heck, the 10 team conferences are too big

Conferences should be capped at 6-7 teams max, so teams can play both a home & away conference schedule and 4-6 non-conference games at the level of their choice

The large conferences inhibit quality non-conference games, which are at the appropriate level for each program
Kathleen Efken from Charlotte wrote on September 8, 2016 at 2:32 pm:
Providence High School Women's Lacrosse is looking for a JV Coach for the 2017 spring season. This is a coaching-only position. If interested, please contact Kathleen Efken at jkefken@carolina.rr.com.
Declarations wrote on September 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm:
Declarations of intent to play were due yesterday. Will be interesting to see which clubs elevated and if any varsity programs backed out.

Hopefully they won't take too long to come out with the conferences including new schools, and hopefully they don't make any 11-12 team conferences either.
wrote on September 8, 2016 at 12:22 pm:
Anyone know the dates for the 2017 King of Spring tournament in the Triangle?

How are NC teams chosen for this event?
Wed Sept 7 NCHSAA Declaration date wrote on September 7, 2016 at 7:02 pm:
So does anyone know of any schools adding lacrosse as a varsity sport? Or do we have to wait for the first draft of conferences to occur before we know the new schools.

Regardless, I think that this is the year where the NCSHAA goes well over 100 schools playing boys' lacrosse, with some growth on the girls' side as well. I think that the NCHSAA will end up with 104 schools this year, hopefully I am wrong and the number is higher.
Kerri from Bishop wrote on September 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm:
Registration is open (and filling up quick) for the Wilmington Fall Tournament being held Oct 15 & 16 at Veteran's Park. There will be D1, D2, and D3 coaches in attendance. We are also offering multi-team discounts this year as well. Please see website for more info or contact me via email with any questions.
ULax Men's Fall Lacrosse League wrote on September 7, 2016 at 4:40 am:
ULax has made it's way to the Triangle!

ULax is bringing an adult lacrosse league to Cary this fall. Games will be played once a week at Mills Park Middle School on Wednesday nights. The season will be 6-7 games, with a championship format in the final weeks. Stats and pictures will be taken each week and posted online.

All information can be found at: www.ulax.org/raleigh
wrote on September 7, 2016 at 12:43 am:
If the 4 schools mentioned below do field boys varsity teams, that could finally put NC public schools at 100 teams!

Given Southern Durham is actually looking to go straight to varsity level, it would be great to see schools like SE Raleigh bring there program back

Isn't there someone inside the 440 beltline that can make that happen?
wrote on September 7, 2016 at 12:15 am:
Looks Northern Durham is looking for a new JV Head Coach, who may also serve as an Asst Coach on varsity
wrote on September 6, 2016 at 2:43 am:
Looking at LaxPower, it appears Marvin Ridge (defending 3a/2a/1a state champs) are advertising a head varsity boys coach vacancy

Also heard, Wakefield HS (in Conf 4 last year) is looking for a new varsity boys head coach
Jack Britt HS Club.... wrote on September 2, 2016 at 9:26 pm:
Looks like JB will remove the Club title from their name and join the NCHSAA next year. Some opposition arose in Cumberland Co. but it looks like they have been overcome. With Voyager and Jack Britt going varsity and possibly Southern Durham and Union Pines fielding teams this year, looks like the growth in the Triangle down to the Sandhills will continue to grow.

Good job to all involved and thank you.
G-League wrote on September 2, 2016 at 12:55 pm:
2016 Fall Lacrosse G-LEAGUE
for Girls Registration is now Open!

TWO LOCATIONS:
DURHAM / CHAPEL HILL SITE : Durham Academy Middle School

CARY SITE: Cary Elementary School

•• WHEN: Saturdays- September 24th through October 29th 2016 11:30am- 1:30pm

•• Every session will include instruction lead by current college coaches and player followed by Fall-Ball Games!
•• Who: High School girls grades 9-12
•• Cost $165

SITE DIRECTORS:
Sarah Holden: G-League Director- Durham/Chapel Hill
Coach Holden helped lead Syracuse to the 2012 NCAA Final Four and Championship Game as a team captain. She also spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Brown Women's Lacrosse Team and currently coaches at Carrboro high school.

Mike SanGiacomo - G-League Director - Cary
A retired Police officer; originator of Barnegat Bullets Lacrosse Association in NJ. Served as coach and President for 12 years coaching women's lacrosse from instructional level thru High School. Coach SanGiacomo is presently the head coach of Athens Drive Women's lacrosse team. He also works with Blast lacrosse youth program.

TO REGISTER:
Go to www.fusionlacrosse.com
That should be Galloway wrote on September 1, 2016 at 8:47 pm:
I must have been thinking of the late big band conductor Cab Calloway, but the Northern coach's name is Gordon Galloway.

If you have ever seen the movie "The Blues Brothers", the conductor who sang "Minnie the Moocher" was Cab Calloway.

Hi-de-hi-de-hi-de-ho!
Northern Durham job is not open.... wrote on September 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm:
unless coach Galloway left in the last month. ass't coach Gordon Calloway has replaced Jamie Sliwa who is now at Apex Friendship.
The Doddfather retires wrote on September 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm:
Did I read this correctly? John Dodd is retiring?
Kathleen Efken from Charlotte, NC wrote on August 31, 2016 at 10:03 pm:
Girls High School Coaching Job available in Charlotte, NC .
If interested, please email me at:
jkefken@carolina.rr.com
Thanks! Kathleen Efken
Coaches wrote on August 31, 2016 at 3:45 pm:
What's the current status of any coaching changes? Looking at the county websites and laxpower looks like the follow jobs are open:

Athens Drive
Northern Durham


Any others that maybe aren't posted?
wrote on August 30, 2016 at 4:12 pm:
Catholic moves down next year 2017-2018. This season they will be playing 4a in all sports. I also don't see it as a disadvantage for catholic playing 4a considering they won basketball and football state championships last year and were considered favorites in lacrosse.
South Wake Sports from Holly Springs wrote on August 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm:
South Wake Sports - will be hosting two Saturday Playdays on September 24th and October 8th at South Wake Lacrosse Park. This is open to high school teams in grades 9-12.

Click here for additional information and registration

Chance to get some work in before fall tournaments or spring preparation.
wrote on August 30, 2016 at 2:58 pm:
Realignment will not take place until the 2017-2018 school year. At that time there will be a wholesale shift of quite a few teams from 4A to 3A. You can see the new alignment at the NCHSAA website, but that will not apply for this year.

As far as new teams this year, in the Triangle Voyager Academy is planning on being Varsity at the 1A level, and Southern Durham is planning to field a squad as part of the 3A Big 8 Conference. They will both likely be part of Conference 6 for lacrosse.
New D3 team in Raleigh, why is CC 3A? from Durham wrote on August 30, 2016 at 2:33 pm:
William Peace University in Raleigh is adding both M&W lacrosse for the 2018 season. See laxpower article.

As for Catholic going to 3A, the NCHSAA has changed the parameters for each classification so that instead of a 25/25/25/25 membership for each class, the new classifications will be split 20/30/30/20 for 4A/3A/2A/1A. The feeling by the NCHSAA members was that a small 4A (Catholic as an example) was at a disadvantage in most of their sports to compete competitively at the higher level. Population wise across the NCHSAA schools in the state, the ADs, school boards, the NCHSAA and others all felt that the 20/30/30/20 split was better than the 25/25... split which has been in use for years. There was even discussion about adding a 5A classification but that was not add mainly due to logistics of travel, conference alignment, scheduling, the whole shooting match.
wrote on August 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm:
Why did CLT Catholic move down to 3A ?
wrote on August 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm:
First, Charlotte Catholic is an excellent program; one of the top in the state

However, in the last 5 years they've only played 2 schools in the Triangle

Apex & Gibbons, and 3-1 against them

Of course, there are many other quality teams in Triangle and nothing is gaurunteed

State championships are won in post season play

And even the opponents you beat in the regular season, you must beat again in May

I think this years NWG squad would haven given Catholic quite a game
Scott Orr wrote on August 29, 2016 at 1:43 am:
I'd like to start a trend on this forum. If you can't sign your name to your post, I would question your motive. I love the fact that people love their local HS team or travel program, but why trash any other program? Here in the triangle it seems anything but a monopoly to me. There are several programs, each with a loyal base. Perfect. Happy? Stay where you are! Unhappy? Try somewhere else!
wrote on August 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm:
Ever since that loss in 2012 to Grimsley, Catholic has been 10-1 vs against the non Charlotte area North Carolina teams. Only loss came to Apex (2015 State Championship game) by one goal.
wrote on August 27, 2016 at 11:16 am:
Public School academic school year starting next week

What's the latest on any new schools starting men's varsity programs?

Any talk of schools dropping lax?
Neal Camak from Raleigh wrote on August 25, 2016 at 3:07 pm:
NCLA Girls Fall Instructional Registration is now OPEN! Grades 1-12. Early Bird Pricing ENDS August 28th! Find out More at www.nclaxacademy.com
Neal Camak from Raleigh wrote on August 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm:
NCLA sponsored girls Carolina Flight travel team fall tour tryouts are THIS SUNDAY, August 28, in Apex. Register now at www.carolinaflightlax.com
wrote on August 24, 2016 at 3:45 am:
...except of course, Charlotte Catholics loss to Greensboro Grimsley in 2012
Laxpoet from Apex wrote on August 24, 2016 at 12:48 am:
You say you want to know
who is the best
There once were four
but now it is a mess
A monopoly it seems
with Illuminati backing
No one knows why
the reputation isn’t cracking
The coaches brag
but have nothing more to offer
than increased prices
please add to the coffer
We wanted a team
with kids who love to play
but all we see is primping coaches
lauding their own praises “Hey, hey.”
When will parents say
"Enough is enough?"
I don’t care if goalies are free
Poor performance equals fluff!
wrote on August 23, 2016 at 5:52 pm:
Good Luck to the class of 2016 as they head off to start their college lacrosse careers. Based on LaxPower, North Carolina is sending 67 players to play in college (25 DI; 22DII; 20 DIII). Quite remarkable. We know you will represent the state of NC well. Good Luck!
Timothy from Raleigh wrote on August 23, 2016 at 2:29 pm:
Hello Fellow Lax Players,
We are organizing a fall men's league for all adult players 18 and older. This time we are teaming up with ULAX to offer a new experience and hoping to draw 5-6 teams this fall. Please check out the link with more info in case you're interested in signing up. www.ulax.org/raleigh
NCLA wrote on August 22, 2016 at 7:32 pm:
The North Carolina Lacrosse Academy is offering clinics for boys grades 2-8.
Sundays from 9am-10am at Kiwanis Park in Raleigh Sept 11-Oct 16. go to
nclaxacademy.com to register.
RE: Mr. Felix wrote on August 19, 2016 at 2:59 pm:
I have yet to see a team from the Triad area beat Charlotte Catholic since I have been down here (5 years). That doesn't look like it will change this year. They might be "rebuilding" but they're a team that just reloads with very good young talent year after year. The power is still in the Charlotte area, until a triad team takes down Catholic or LKN.
919 Elite Lacrosse from Triangle wrote on August 19, 2016 at 1:13 am:
919 Elite Lacrosse
High School Tryouts
Grades 9-12(Grad Years 2017-2020)

September 17th at North Main Athletic Complex, Holly Springs.

Additional program information and tryout registration at www.919Elite.com
Mark Florio from wake forest wrote on August 17, 2016 at 10:37 pm:
**Friday Night LAX in Wake Forest**
MVP Sports Factory is excited to announce our partnering with Just For Lax Moms to hold a series of clinics and skill building sessions for boys interested in learning the game of lacrosse. This class is ideal for 6-12 years old with zero to three years’ experience.
Coach Mark Florio has more than 18 years’ experience coaching boys all over the Triangle from beginners to high- level high school travel teams. He is a dedicated coach who enjoys instilling a passion for the game while focusing on fundamentals and building great character and sportsmanship.
Each session will include 4 Friday night clinics and 2 optional Sunday evening clinics. Friday curriculum will focus on passing, catching, shooting, ground balls, and basic offensive & defensive concepts. Sunday curriculum will focus on game play and scrimmaging. Parents are also invited to attend a free workshop each Sunday that are very helpful in introducing you to the world of lacrosse.
Fall 2016
Session 1: September $165

Fridays: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30 6:00pm-8:00pm

Sundays: 9/18 & 9/25 5:30pm-7:00pm

Session 2: October $165

Fridays: 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 6:00pm-8:00pm

Sundays: 10/16 & 10/23 5:30pm-7:00pm
**REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS FOR $300**



Register online at www.mvpsportsfactory.com or by calling 919-453-1503 to reserve your spot.
Another school to field lacrosse wrote on August 17, 2016 at 1:11 am:
Information was relayed to me today that Union Pines HS in Moore County would field a club team next spring.
Anyone know of other schools adding either as V or club?
2017 Lax from Carolina wrote on August 16, 2016 at 5:01 pm:
I think you'll see some teams this year move up from that lower tier to the middle level as they gain some youth players with years of experience. There are certainly some programs on the rise.

However at the high end I think with the 4a and 3a you see the usual suspects holding strong.

In no particular order:
3A - East : Chapel Hill, Carborro, Cedar Ridge, Northwood

4A - East : Hoggard, Gibbons, Middle Creeek, Apex, Holly Springs, Broughton, Leesville, Green Hope

3A - West : Marvin, Weddington, but this is where maybe some new teams emerge from Triad/Charlotte.

4A - West : Catholic, NW Guilford, Lake Norman, maybe Reynolds who was younger last year. Always a mix of Charlotte teams that improve but those top 3 should be strong as always.

Probably missed a few, but overall this is a year where lower teams will jump to the middle, and then in the next 2-3 years we will start to see those middle teams join the ones listed above.
Local player makes U19 Indoor Team wrote on August 16, 2016 at 1:39 am:
Josh Zawada, who played his freshman year at Cardinal Gibbons, has been chosen to play on the U19 US Indoor Team that will play for the U19 World Indoor Championship being held in Six Nations, Ontario Canada on August 24-27, 2016.

Congratulations to Josh.
YLS Lacrosse from Triangle wrote on August 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm:
The YLS Fall Champions League is in it's 11th year and will be starting on Sunday, September 18th with 6 weeks of games.

Games played on the turf at womble Park in Holly Springs.

Grades K-2, and 3-5th play from 10-11AM, and 6-8th Grade play from 11-Noon.

Registration is up at www.YLSLacrosse.com and is a great way to keep a stick in your hand through the fall especially for those doing other sports.

Spots are available for full teams, email directors@YLSLacrosse.com if interested in entering a full team.

Good luck to everyone this fall!
Steven Treman from Wilmington wrote on August 15, 2016 at 2:17 pm:
The Wilmington Lacrosse Tournament is now signing up teams for the 13th annual tournament on October 15-16, 2016.
We will be at Veteran's park which has lights if needed. We also will be having D1, D2, and D3 coaches attending and working the event. Please send in your entry forms ASAP. For more information visit the website
www.wilmingtonlacrossefestival.com
Mr. Felix from Waxhaw wrote on August 15, 2016 at 2:25 am:
Any predictions for the west this Year? From what I read, Weddington and Marvin Ridge will battle again for the 3A West crown. How about the 4A? Catholic, Lake Norman, and the rest of Charlotte teams seem to be rebuilding, It looks like the the 4A power is now is Triad ad the 3A power is in Union County. Any thoughts??
wrote on August 13, 2016 at 3:19 pm:
2016 Fall G-LEAGUE "play" league for Girls Registration is now Open!

TWO LOCATIONS:
DURHAM / CHAPEL HILL SITE :Durham Academy

CARY SITE: Cary Elementary

•· WHEN: Saturdays- September 24 through October 29, 2016
11:30am- 1:30pm

•· Every session will include instruction lead by current college coaches and player followed by Fall-Ball Games!
•· Who: High School girls grades 9-12
•· Cost $165

SITE DIRECTORS:
Sarah Holden Bio: G-League Director- Durham/Chapel Hill

Coach Holden helped lead Syracuse to the 2012 NCAA Final Four and Championship Game as a team captain. She also spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach for the Brown Women's Lacrosse Team and currently coaches at Carrboro high school.

Mike SanGiacomo Bio- G-League Director - Cary
A retired Police officer; originator of Barnegat Bullets Lacrosse Association in NJ. Served as coach and President for 12 years coaching women's lacrosse from instructional level thru High School. Coach SanGiacomo is presently the head coach of Athens Drive Women's lacrosse team. He also works with Blast lacrosse youth program.

REGISTER
Go to www.fusionlacrosse.com
Scott Olive from Apex wrote on August 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm:
Red Devil United still needs to fill a few spots for our fall travel teams. Sunday practices in sept & oct. Tournaments the first 3 weekends in November.
2019 middie (1)
2019 attack (2)
2019 defense (1)
2020 attack (2)
2023 athletes (3)
If you are a high level player please contact us.
scott@lacrossetrainer.org
www.lacrossetrainer.org
NCLA wrote on August 8, 2016 at 4:22 pm:
The NCLA has opened registrations for the Triangle Fall Lacrosse League.
This is an opportunity for triangle area HS teams to compete for the Champions Cup.
Games on Sundays between 10am and 2pm beginning Sept 11 running through Oct 23 at Kiwanis Park in Raleigh. Go to nclaxacademy.com for further information and to register.
Triangle Lax Fan Too wrote on August 2, 2016 at 10:23 pm:
You have your commits wrong
Penn State commit goes to Apex
Duke commit goes to Middlecreek

I agree that playing tough out of state competition is great exposure for NC kids. This goes for both High School and Travel Clubs
ECU Mens Club Lacrosse from Greenville wrote on August 2, 2016 at 6:31 pm:
Greenville NC --The East Carolina University men’s lacrosse program, is conducting a search for the position of head coach for the 2016-2017 season. East Carolina is a member of the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference (North Division) of the MCLA (D1).
Job Description: The coach must be able to maintain a competitive lacrosse program and adhere to all MCLA, SELC, and East Carolina University club sports policies. In addition, they must also be able to develop players, implement a structured practice schedule and training regimen to prepare the roster for competition. The head coach will be held accountable by the officers of the team, and club sports directors.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Recruit, establishing team roster, prepare and lead structured practices, attend all practices and games (home and away), and serve as a positive role model for team members.
Qualifications:
-Bachelors degree from an accredited university
-Previous coaching experience is strongly preferred
-Lacrosse experience as a player is required
-Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizations skills

This is a paid position and will be negotiated upon hire.
For inquiries, please email lacrossemens-club@ecu.edu
Triangle Lax Fan from Durham wrote on August 2, 2016 at 1:41 pm:
What is the deal with Gibbons now? Hearing about a lot of high level interest in their players (Notre Dame, Penn State, Duke), but in my mind that 2014 team that went undefeated was much more talented than their team now. Don't remember hearing about any of the 2014 team members going D1 except Morrison, McKendry, and Lappin. Are the players now that much more talented than that of years past, or are they about equal and just getting better/more exposure? I know most of the high-level NC teams (CG, Apex, CC) have been trying to get tough out of state games going, and that's getting more exposure for the kids.
Mr. Lax wrote on July 29, 2016 at 3:06 pm:
Way to early 2017 pre-season rankings.
Hope everybody is enjoying their summer, as promised here are my way to early 2017 pre-season rankings.


1. Gibbons- returns whole defense all of which is going Division 1. 2/3 of their starting attackman, and top face off guy for next season. Loses whole first midfield line, but its Cardinal Gibbons, we all know that they will get new players in from other counties.
2. Middle Creek- their offense this year was great, next year, they will be amazing. Team is not losing very much at all. Only question mark would possibly be the defense.
3. Hoggard- returning a great deal as well as MC including their top 4 offensive players, multiple D1 commits. I think that this will probably be the best Wilmington team ever.
4. Apex- Team lost a lot, they graduated a senior class that appeared in 3 state champions during their time, winning two of those. While they do lose a lot, its Apex, they will reload and have younger players step up. I expect them to be a very good team come next May.
5. Broughton- had a great year this past year, I expect another good year next year. They lose a decent amount including the Conference player of the year.
6. Holly Springs- They will lose their leader on offense which is a big loss, however they have a bunch of other kids that I am sure will step up, a long with a good D. I expect Holly Springs to be one of the better teams.
7. Green Hope- lost a decent amount to graduation, still expect them to be a good team in a great conference.
8. Wakefield- returns their entire offense, which should be very good next year, not sold on their defense however.
9. Athens Drive- lost some talent to graduation, should be an okay team next year.
10. Leesville- lost the most of any team to graduation, not even sure what they have left because everybody I was aware of was a senior on that team.
Neal Camak from Raleigh wrote on July 27, 2016 at 11:53 pm:
NCLA sponsored girls Carolina Flight travel team fall tryouts are August 28. More info at www.carolinaflightlax.com
Neal Camak from Raleigh wrote on July 27, 2016 at 11:50 pm:
NCLA Girls Fall Instructional Registration is now OPEN!
Youth Officials' Fall Clinic wrote on July 26, 2016 at 1:43 am:
The Fall Youth Clinic will be held Sat. Aug 27 and Sun afternoon Aug 28 at Cardinal Gibbons HS. For more information, contact Rick Wooten at rickwooten.tmloa@gmail.com.
wrote on July 20, 2016 at 2:07 pm:
Meet and work with Kyle Harrison! Limited spots.



Register HERE
wrote on July 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm:
Shout out to the 4 2019 North Carolina boys that made the Maverik Showtime All Star Game. Riley Myer (Goalie/Cardinal Gibbons), Jake Caputo (Mid/Middle Creek), Andrew Kelly (Attack/Myers Park), & Landon Clary (LSM/NW Guilford) - I travel to a lot of events each year and I believe Showtime has the best showcase around. With over 55 2019 Committed players attending this showcase, these kids proved that NC players are often overlooked and can compete with anyone in the country.
Jamie barco from Raleigh wrote on July 13, 2016 at 8:14 pm:
Hey everyone. I am a certified speed and agility coach/performance trainer. I am looking to train with lacrosse players that want to get faster and more explosive. Multi-directional speed is my area of expertise. I have very afford rates and I'm mobile. My speed and agility training will definitely give you an edge on your competition.
Diverse Lacrosse Dad from Charlotte wrote on July 12, 2016 at 11:14 pm:
3 local Charlotte HS lacrosse players who were selected to play for an elite national all-star lacrosse team, Nation United.

Player Position High School
Kendall Jones LSM/Defense Bridgton Academy, Bridgton ME
Javon Johnson Attack McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN
Sterlyn Ardrey Midfield McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN

In its inaugural tournament, Nation United brought together 24 high school players from 10 states, including 3 Inside Lacrosse Young Guns, 6 Under Armor All Americans and 13 D1 commits, to play for the first time at the Adrenaline Summer Invitational in Downingtown, PA from July 28 – July 30.

Utilizing elite level competition the Nation United Lacrosse (NUL) program, in conjunction with Chazz Woodson and the Sankofa Lacrosse Alliance, endeavors to create personal and professional networking opportunities for high school student athletes from underserved and underrepresented groups. In doing so, they hope to create and nurture long lasting relationships that cross racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic boundaries.

The 3 Charlotte players have played for several local Charlotte club programs to include: Road Warriors, Team 24/7 and Team Carolina. All three players live in Charlotte with their families while attending elite college preparatory boarding schools where are completing their HS diplomas and competing in elite HS lacrosse programs.

The team is coached by Chazz Woodson (Brown, MLL), Troy Kemp (Colgate, McCallie School Head Coach), and Damien Davis (Princeton, MLL). Under the guidance of these incredible coaches the team posted a 4-1 record during the tournament with a plus-8 average goal differential.

The team also had a goal captured on video that went viral on the internet with over 300K views. Note, the play was set up by an explosive clear by Sterlyn Ardrey, #6 in the video.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHS-0EpD8sa/?taken-by=nationunitedlax

The 2 links below feature more action from the tournament

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHqOMtcDgTn/?taken-by=nationunitedlax

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHvs_MDjnw1/?taken-by=nationunitedlax

All 3 Charlotte players continued their outstanding play following the Adrenalin Summer Invitational with Sterlyn and Javon competing in the Under Amour All American Underclassmen Games on July 2nd and Kendall playing in the Blue Chip 225 Showcase, July 5-7, where he was named to the Rising Seniors All Star team.

The cause-based club plans on fielding another elite team this fall.

Photos of the players and the event can be provided on request.

For more information about Nation United please click on the following link.

http://www.nationunitedlc.com/
Thunderhawks U13 wrote on July 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm:
Congratulations to the YLS Thunderhawks U13 team for their work this summer! They went 15-2 on the summer including a tournament win up at Hogan's Summer Exposure in Maryland. Great group with a bright future! Good job representing the area!
919 Elite from North Carolina wrote on July 8, 2016 at 1:52 pm:
Tryouts for the 919 Elite High School teams will be held at North Main Complex in Holly Springs on September 17th. Tryouts are free and open to players from any school/program.

Team information/about the program can be found at www.919Elite.com and you can register online for tryouts HERE.

2018/17, 2019, and 2020 teams just wrapped up a great summer season and looking to continue into the fall!

Questions email Directors@919Elite.com
YLS Thunderhawks Select from Triangle wrote on July 8, 2016 at 1:30 pm:
YLS Thunderhawk Select fall tryouts will be August 6/7th at North Main Park. Tryouts are free, and players in graduation years 2027-2021 are eligible to tryout(grades 2-8).

Registration is free and you can sign up online at www.YLSLacrosse.com

Thanks!
Steven Treman from Wilmington wrote on July 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm:
Run and Shoot lacrosse is happy to announce our 2016 Summer Camp! Run and Shoot Lacrosse offers the very best in instruction for all positions and situations. Our coaches are all current College and Professional coaches who take pride in making sure that every camper gets the most out of the experience. Our coaching staff is dedicated to teaching the methods that work!! Run and Shoot Lacrosse has a GREAT track record with developing and teaching players of all levels and ages for over 15 years.

This Clinic will offer instruction to the following age groups:
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
• 5th - 8th Grade: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
• 9th - 12th Grade: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
• 5th - 8th Grade: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
• 9th - 12th Grade: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
• 5th - 8th Grade: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
• 9th - 12th Grade: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2016 Wilmington Run and Shoot Lacrosse staff:
• Darryl Delia - Head Coach at Albertus Magnus College and Assistant Coach for Ohio Machine (MLL)
• Tim McIntee - Associate Head Coach at Mount Saint Mary's College
• Tom Mariano - Head Coach at Pace University and Assistant Coach for Chesapeake Bayhawks (MLL)
Carolina Cannons from Chapel Hill wrote on July 7, 2016 at 3:22 pm:
We hope everyone is having a great summer! The Carolina Cannons will be holding tryouts July 30-31 for the 2016-2017 season. You must register through the website www.carolinacannons.com
Good luck to all the teams finishing up their travels over the next few weekends!
Riverside Alums wrote on July 6, 2016 at 4:22 pm:
Congratulations to former Riverside All-American Midfielder, former UMd capt and midfielder and former UNC Ass't coach Chris Feifs on being named Head Coach at the University of Vermont. Here's the link: http://uvmathletics.com/news/2016/6/29/chris-feifs-named-next-head-coach-of-vermont-mens-lacrosse.aspx
Steven Treman from Wilmington wrote on July 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm:
The Run and Shoot lacrosse Camp will be held in Wilmington NC on August 2-4.
This year it will be on turf. Visit the website www.runandshootlacrosse.com
Great college coaches and great value.
Do not miss this chance to be seen and taught by NCAA coaches.
Luke Beauchaine from Wilmington wrote on June 30, 2016 at 4:32 pm:
To all,

My name is Luke Beauchaine and I've recently become involved with the YMCA in Wilmington. We have the goal of starting a program that will introduce kids to the sport of lacrosse and teach them the skills necessary to prepare them to play in middle school and high school. We want to give kids the opportunity to try the sport without having the break the bank for equipment, expensive leagues and camps.

I'm posting in the forum to ask for help from the North Carolina lacrosse community. We desperately need help securing equipment for the program. We would love and appreciate any kind of equipment donation that could be made to help support our cause. Our biggest need at this moment is goals and sticks, but anything that could be used would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about the program or would like to help us with getting started please contact

Luke Beauchaine, lucasbeauchaine@gmail.com

or

Mark Sinclair, Wilmington YMCA Sports Director, mark.sinclair@wilmingtonfamilyymca.org
Steven Treman from Wilmington wrote on June 29, 2016 at 3:38 pm:
The Run and Shoot Lacrosse Camp will be held in Wilmington on August 2-4,2016.
Please use the website to sign up and for all the information. This year it will be on Turf.
Your text to link...
wrote on June 29, 2016 at 10:18 am:
Powerade: It looked like it was going to be a great game but ended after the first quarter do to lightning. I think it was 3-2 West at that point. The goalie for the West played very well in the only quarter played.
T-Bone from Enloe wrote on June 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm:
Any results from the Powerade games? Who stood out from both East and West?
wrote on June 23, 2016 at 2:16 am:
The men's team that was selected for the East team is as follows:
Gunnar Phillip
Luke Frankeny
Aidan Callahan
Cooper McKaskel
Bobby Padden
Tanner Orr
Hunter Vaughn
Trevor Kirsch
Chris Wozencroft
Cole Bullard
Justin Freeman
Donovan Jones
Ryan Smith
Charles Van Dyke
Ryan Finley
Jack Zamik
Jack Biestek
Sean Nelson
Alex Stock
Reilly Kearns
Michael Anderson
Keegan Santos
Max Piechottka
Patrick Sasser
Nicholas DeFrancesco
Powerade State Games wrote on June 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm:
Anyone know the rosters for the Powerade State Games that are held tomorrow?
from Cary wrote on June 22, 2016 at 4:03 pm:
The East vs. West NC HS Lacrosse Gaterade Games will be played this Thursday, June 23 at Wake Med Soccer Park. Women's game starts at 6:00 pm, men's at 8:00 pm.
Leesville Lacrosse Camp wrote on June 13, 2016 at 5:37 pm:
The Leesville Road Lacrosse program will be hosting their annual summer lacrosse camp this year, June 27th-July 1st. Sessions go from 8am-12pm each day. Leesville Lacrosse welcomes any boy ages 8–15 who has not yet entered High School. This camp will focus on individual, group and team fundamentals and will improve the camper's understanding of lacrosse regardless of experience level. A typical camp day will feature stretching, warm up activities, drill work, competitions, game situation practice and games. Players will be grouped by age and ability. Current and former LRHS Lacrosse Players will join the coaches in working with the campers. The price for the camp is only 135 dollars (for 20 hours of lacrosse) and each camper will be receiving a free t-shirt!

For registration go to
http://register.myonlinecamp.com/camp.cfm?sport=27&id=76684

If you have any questions about the camp please feel free to contact Coach Hartford Zirkle at hzirkle1@gmail.com
Gus wrote on June 13, 2016 at 12:05 pm:
Pittroff-Charlotte Country Day (Denison); Donohue-Charlotte Country Day (Colgate); Hayden-Apex (Hampdn Sydney); Schachte-Cardinal Gibbons (Rutgers); OBrien-Catholic (Mercer); Strassner-Catholic (Delaware);
I know there are many more talented players in NC playing D1, D2, and D3 next year, just too many to name. Best of luck to all NC kids!!
wrote on June 9, 2016 at 12:44 pm:
2016 NCISAA D I Boys Lacrosse All-State Team

Peter Pittroff / Charlotte Country Day School
Troy Jones / Ravenscroft School
John Donohue / Charlotte Country Day School
Tyler Carpenter / Durham Academy
Jack Delligatti / Greensboro Day School
Riley Smith / Christ School
Hunter Sheridan / Charlotte Latin School
Campbell Stack / Charlotte Country Day School
Will Iorio / Christ School
Jack Fletcher / Providence Day School
Chase Storch / Ravenscroft School
Hunter Vines / Christ School
Luca Katz / Charlotte Country Day School
Sam Frey / Durham Academy
Spencer Beller / Ravenscroft School

Player of the Year - Peter Pittroff - Charlotte Country Day
Goblin from Fuquay-Varina wrote on June 9, 2016 at 1:37 am:
Congrats to a few Triangle guys making inside the 11th-annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Games, July 2nd held at Towson University in Baltimore MD.
Preston Lalicker M (Apex) 2019, Command-South Region Team
Logan Wheeler M (Fuquay-Varina) 2020-Uncommitted Team
Noah Arneson D (Holly Springs) 2020-Uncommitted Team

With teams dominated by Florida and Georgia players its good to see a couple local triangle guys crack the code and prove it out on the fields in the two-day tryout.

Logan and Noah both played together on the MS ALL-Star (East) team with some of the SWACs best rising Freshmen players from Fvlax, YLS and Lacrosse Trainer.

Meanwhile, Preston made his presence felt on the Varsity team for Apex HS this year as a Freshmen.

3 guys that will represent out region well!!!
http://www.underarmourlacrosse.com/underclass-tournament/
D from Cary wrote on June 8, 2016 at 8:38 pm:
Gus, can you show what HS these players attended and where they will be playing college lacrosse: Pittroff, Donohue, Hayden, Schacte, O'Brien, Strassner, Dickinson?
Big 8 All Conference wrote on June 8, 2016 at 8:19 pm:
Big 8 was also posted
NewsObserver Article

Most Valuable Player: Luke Knowles, Carrboro
Offensive Player of the Year: Jake Melville, Carrboro
Defensive Player of the Year: Wesley Roberson, Northwood
Goalie of the Year: Kyle Hornik, Chapel Hill
Coach of the Year: Patrick Kavanaugh, Cedar Ridge
Sportsmanship Award: Northwood
Conference champion: Cedar Ridge

All-Conference
Cedar Ridge: Jack Widman, Jr., Mid.; Sean Tobin, Jr., Attack; Cole Bullard, Jr., Def.; Griffin Ross, Jr., LSM; Braeden Danku, Sr., Mid.; Landen Williams, Sr., Attack; 11. Honorable mention: Ian Corbin, Soph., Def.; Kyle Zylowski, Sr., Mid.
Carrboro: Jake Melville, Jr., Attack; Chad Osborne, Soph., Attack; Gordon Guest, Freshman, Mid.; Luke Knowles, Sr., Def.; Jordan Fitzpatrick, Sr., Def. Honorable mention: Andrew Montross, Sr., Mid.; Greyson Magee, Sr., Mid.
Chapel Hill: Kyle Hornik, Sr., Goal; Sean Voelkel, Jr., Mid.; Blake Hirth, Sr., Def.; Ben Gleiter, Freshman, LSM. Honorable Mention: Kyle Healy, Sr., Attack; Nick Agusta, Sr., Attack.
Orange: Zach Wright, Sr., Attack; Payton Wilson, Soph., Mid.; Jace Jordan-Cornell, Sr., LSM. Honorable Mention: Ross Parham, Sr., Def.; Cameron Thompson, Soph., Def.
Northwood: Eric Franklin, Sr., GK; Wesley Roberson, Jr., Def. Honorable Mention: Jacob Bass, Sr., Attack; Tanner Althoff, Soph., Mid.
Oxford Webb: Jacob Capps, Sr., Def.; Hunter Cole, Sr., Attack. Honorable Mention: Jordan Barnett, Soph., Def.; Tyshawn White, Jr., LSM.
Northern Vance: Turner Roberson, Jr., Def.; Lucas Hamrick, Sr., Attack. Honorable Mention: Brooks Faulkner, Jr., Mid.; Jesse Hunter, Sr., Mid.
Roxboro Community School: C.J. Rios, Jr., Mid.; Mark Zizzy, Sr., Attack. Honorable Mention: Blake Beeker, Sr., Mid.; Ben Oakley, Jr., Mid.
PAC 6 All Conference wrote on June 8, 2016 at 6:49 pm:
PAC 6 All Conference was posted in the Chapel Hill News but was not included in the main News & Observer online
Chapel Hill News Article

The selections are
Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Cox, East Chapel Hill
Defensive Player of the Year: Chris Wozencroft, Cardinal Gibbons
Coach of the Year: Alex Buckley, Cardinal Gibbons
Goalkeepers: Vance Perkins, East Chapel Hill; Wesley Wagner, Cardinal Gibbons. Honorable Mention – Sam Harding, Northern Durham.
Long Stick Middies: Chris Wozencroft, Cardinal Gibbons; Eric Lassiter, Northern Durham.
Face Off: Tyler Thompson, Jordan. Honorable Mention – Hunter Tart, Northern Durham.
Attack: Jared Halverson, Jordan; Mark Schachte, Cardinal Gibbons; Aidan Clark, East Chapel Hill; Yasir Stroud, Jordan. Honorable Mention – Sam Sorrell, Northern Durham; Jordan Bowen, Northern Durham.
Midfield: Chris Cox, East Chapel Hill; Kevin Barry, Cardinal Gibbons; Dylan Gibson, Northern Durham; Addison Oliver, Riverside; Porter Alexander, East Chapel Hill; Jack Shelton, Cardinal Gibbons; Jack Perry, Jordan; Jack Zarnik, Cardinal Gibbons. Honorable Mention – Taylor Greeno, East Chapel Hill.
Defense: Jacob Anderson, Riverside; Sean Nelson, Gibbons; Kennady Jones, Jordan; Grant Booterbaugh, East Chapel Hill. Honorable Mention – Simon Perkins, East Chapel Hill; Marcus Willoughby, Riverside.
Gus wrote on June 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm:
Owen Armstrong (Latin) had some quality minutes and starts at Denison. Jake Priester (Catholic) and Austin Vogel (Lake Norman) did as well at Mercer. Daniel Godwin (Grimsley) was SAC Freshman of Year at Wingate.

Next year will continue the influx of quality NC high schoolers playing at next level: Pittroff, Donohue, Hayden, Schacte, O'Brien, Strassner, Dickinson (I know there are a few others ...) should all contribute to their respective schools. Best of luck to all NC kids playing in college.
Dave from charlotte wrote on June 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm:
Now that is summer and travel ball season, did any of the freshman from NC make an impact on their college teams this past season?

I know Tate Boyce knocked it out of the park at Providence and Carson Song started off strong at Brown.

Any one else do well this past season? Personally i loved seeing David Manning #59 on the field for Loyola during the final four, love it when NC kids do well at the next level.
Timmy Curry from Enloe wrote on June 6, 2016 at 2:23 pm:
Anyone know when the All Americans will be posted?
wrote on June 3, 2016 at 12:47 am:
TW - I think you're actually referring to the current Conf 3 in your predictions

Next year, the current Conf alignment for Triangle area 4a schools will most likely stay the same for lacrosse

However, there are some big changes in all Conf & all sports coming in the 2017-2018 school year

Here's the current/last information from NCHSAA website for Triangle area 4a schools

Note - letters are used/not numbers in this draft

Conference A
Corinth Holders Heritage Knightdale Rolesville
Wake Forest Wakefield

Conference B
Broughton Cardinal Gibbons Enloe
Leesville Road Millbrook Sanderson Southeast Raleigh

Conference C
Apex
Apex Friendship Fuquay-Varina Garner
Holly Springs Middle Creek

Conference D
Athens Drive Cary
Green Hope Jordan Panther Creek Riverside
wrote on June 2, 2016 at 8:54 pm:
None of those teams are in Conference 4
In 2018 Conference 3 will be completely different and reflective of the re-alignment
Apex and Green Hope both graduated a lot this year
Hoggard and Broughton have significant returning talent
SWAC All Conference wrote on June 2, 2016 at 8:30 pm:
Anyone have the full list of those from the SWAC that made All Conference?
wrote on June 2, 2016 at 2:48 pm:
When will all conference announcements be published? In past years these came out already.
Trevor Wilson from Apex wrote on June 1, 2016 at 7:56 pm:
Conference 4 will produce next years 4a state champion. Don't be surprised if 3 out of the 4 east teams left in the playoffs come quarterfinals all reign from the conference. Apex, MC, Green Hope, Holly Springs... All solid clubs with young talent that will carry their programs next year and for the next few years. Also Apex Friendship has many talented players, just wait until the 2018s are seniors. They will be a top 3 team in conference 4 within 2 years.
YLS Lacrosse wrote on June 1, 2016 at 12:09 pm:
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Good luck to everyone this summer!
wrote on May 30, 2016 at 11:28 pm:
Sorry I definitely did not want to imply that growing the game was a bad thing. I am saying that every conference has 3 or 4 teams they have to play that are not ready to compete vs top teams.
wrote on May 30, 2016 at 4:52 pm:
Mr Lax, good stuff all year

Enjoyed your analysis & predictions

Not sure your knowledgable on who's graduating at each school, but do you care to offer up your "Way to Early, Preseason, Top 10 in the Triangle, 2017 Predictions"

Your adoring fans want to know 😉
wrote on May 30, 2016 at 4:46 pm:
Lax Gowth!

Never unfortunate!!

Look at college lax this year

Increased parity is a wonderful thing

Now we just need more flexibility in Conf 3 and Conf 4 scheduling

Have more chances for the top teams and the bottom teams to schedule non-Conf games at the appropriate level

Everyone wins!

Grow the Game!!
wrote on May 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm:
I must have missed it, what big wins did MC have??

Leesville losses were to:

#1 - Gibbons

#2 - NWG (by 1 goal)

#3 - Apex

#8 - Broughton (twice)

Similarly, MC lost to:

#3 - Apex

#6 - Hoggard (twice)

#11 - Holly Springs

And Green Hope did the same, losing to:

#1 - Gibbons

#3 - Apex

#8 - Broughton

#9 - Middle Creek

In reality, these teams are probably all the same and the actual outcome would be dependent on the specific match ups between the two teams, and how they play on any given day

Hats to Brougton for going 17-0 to include, comeback wins vs Green Hope & Leesville in the 4th quarters

I don't think anyone predicted Broughton getting blown out by HS in the playoffs

And then losing to LR in the next round, in a game where HS never led

It's OK to say those 4-5 schools are probably equal

In fact that's what makes it fun!!
wrote on May 30, 2016 at 12:07 pm:
I think MC is a good team but disagree about them being in a great conference! 4 out of 10 teams are good but unfortunately with the growth of the sport I do not see any Great Conferences anymore.
wrote on May 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm:
MR. Lax: I would have Hoggard over Broughton and Middle Creek over Leesville. What big wins did Leesville have this year?
Mr. Lax wrote on May 30, 2016 at 2:43 am:
Well, unfortunately NC Lacrosse is over until February. With that being said it is now time for post season rankings featuring Mr. Lax's final polls for the 4a East, I will make this top 15, to give some teams extra some love. I finished this season with 88% accuracy during the regular season, and 84% during the playoffs.


1. Gibbons- played a very tough road to the State Championship. They are my no brainer number 1 team.
2. Apex- great team that lost in the 3rd round only because they played Gibbons.
3. Broughton- They lost in the first round, yes, however they went 17-1 beating a very good Leesville team twice, and a good Green Hope team.
4. Hoggard- Played a pretty weak schedule (not their fault, they're on the coast) had a very easy run in the playoffs until playing against MC and Gibbons.
5. Leesville- very good team that made it to the quarterfinals for the second straight year.
6. Middle Creek- very good team finished second in a great conference. Did however have a very easy playoff run to the quarterfinals. They're very young, I totally expect them to be back.
7. Holly Springs- this team slowly, and very quietly got better throughout the course of the season, beat a very good MC team, and dominated Broughton in the first round.
8. Green Hope- I hate to put this team at 8, because they were a very good team. On any given day I think that they could've beaten any team on this list other then Apex or Gibbons. GH got an INCREDIBLY unlucky task by going to play against Gibbons in the first round.
9. Wakefield- team started red hot but I think lost a bit as the season went on. A lot of young players coming back.
10. Millbrook- team really peaked at the right time later on in the season as they beat both Wakefield and East Chapel Hill.
11. Athens Drive- was a pretty average team in a very good conference.
12. East Chapel Hill- had a decent season, lost in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in a very long time.
13. Heritage- team got better as the season went along beating Millbrook second time around, had an incredibly easy first two games in the playoffs.
14. Laney- Wilmingtons second best team.
15. New Hanover- Wilmingtons third best team, almost beat Wakefield in the 1st round of the playoffs.


Alright fellow forumers, please let me know what you think of my final polls! One more time let me please reiterate that these are my personal opinions and I do not mean to offend or upset anybody!
laxfan from Charlotte wrote on May 29, 2016 at 1:53 am:
When do they release All Americans? I saw they released All Region and All State.
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on May 29, 2016 at 12:29 am:
Congrats to the three North Carolina products who were on the rosters of UNC, Brown and Loyola today! Way to go David Manning, Chapel Hill HS/Sr. Captain Loyola, Carson Song, Charlotte Latin/Fr. Brown and Alex Bassil, Durham Academy/Fr. UNC.
Lacrosse Scholarships wrote on May 28, 2016 at 1:14 am:
To change the subject a bit, I wanted to challenge any of you to donate to the scholarships that are funded through our contributions and awarded by the NCHSAA. As I read the brochure that was handed to me at the championships last Saturday, I felt very proud that I could be part of this giving back to the game, which is the long time mantra of lacrosse.

As I learned from one of the officials at the gate, the Tony Cullen Fund has been funded mainly through the efforts of the men's lacrosse officials statewide but mostly by the triangle officials. I don't like officials but my hat is off to you guys on this.

And then, the new scholarships this year, the NCHSAA/NC Chapeter of US Lacrosse scholarships awarded to one male and one female player, really makes me proud to be a member of this community.

My checkbook came out today and I made a contribution to each of the three scholarships. I hope that many of you will also make a contribution.

If you need more information on this, contact Mary Vrnak at mary@nchsaa.org or call her at 919-240-7371.
While there are other scholarships given by the NCHSAA these are the only scholarships that I saw that went directly to the sport that we love and I hope that we can make these scholarships the biggest ones given by the NCHSAA. And I think that this is something on which we can all agree, East, West, North or South.
All-Region/All-State Selectors wrote on May 27, 2016 at 10:27 pm:
Coaches select the All-Region and All-State.
wrote on May 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm:
Is that correct?

Can Gibbons really draw their student athletes anywhere within a 25 mile radius??

That covers 1,600 square miles!

Really??
wrote on May 27, 2016 at 8:16 pm:
All Region & All State teams are voted by Head Coaches from each Region

Separate in person meetings are held by each region, where the attributes & statistics of each nominated player are presented, discussed & debated

Typically, the players nominated are already first team selections from their respective conferences
wrote on May 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm:
"In the interest of full transparency, I'm confident the Gibbons faithful will release this information for all their sports teams"

Did you read any of the High School OT articles from last year? The questions you asked were answered. You can follow the link if interested
High School OT Coverage

The bad weather from February impacting Wake County did not fall evenly across the state. Coastal teams, Triad teams and Charlotte area teams practiced too. Should the NCHSAA require all schools to cancel practice when WCPSS closes schools? Should Lake Norman, Hoggard, NW Guilford, Weddington and Marvin Ridge be bound by WCPSS policy as members of the NCHSAA?
All State, All Region wrote on May 27, 2016 at 7:13 pm:
The coach's pick. Top 2 in votes move on to be All State at each position. The problem is with scheduling many coach's do not see players from other conference's play. One glaring pick I see is Jack Biestek (Notre Dame Commit) not making anything is ridiculous!!
teamlax wrote on May 27, 2016 at 7:10 pm:
Which school have their first person in program history to be on the all-state list? sanderson??
wrote on May 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm:
Really impressed by Luca Katz and Oscar Cranz (St. John's), both defenders out of Charlotte Country Day School. I was able to watch them on two separate occasions and the two compliment each other very well as a power and speed tandem. Look forward to seeing if the CD defense can live up to their hype next season.
wrote on May 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm:
So who is responsible for choosing All State\Region selections, and what are the criteria used in making determinations?
Fan of Lax from Charlotte wrote on May 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm:
Country Day defense will be strong again next year even though they are losing a stud of a coverman in John Donohue (Colgate). They will replace him with rising seniors Luca Katz, Oscar Cranz (St. John's), and Owen Engel with help from rising junior Connor Fewin. Also, Charles Roselle (rising senior) will be a solid replacement between the pipes for Campbell Stack (Roanoke). All four of these rising seniors could make an impact at the next level whether in D1 or D3. Country Day will lose a lot with the graduation of NCISAA player of the year Peter Pittroff (Denison) who had 135 points this year. However, rising seniors Ian Hall, Smith Stackhouse, and Ade Akande can make a big impact. Jack Harrison (rising sophomore) will grow even more as a player. Graham Mitchell (rising sophomore) will dominate the faceoff X.
Just Food For Thought wrote on May 27, 2016 at 2:59 pm:
New Realignment and ADM numbers from the NCHSAA website.

New Conferences- https://www.nchsaa.org/sites/default/files/attachments/2017-21RealignmentFinalDraft.pdf

ADM Numbers- https://www.nchsaa.org/sites/default/files/attachments/17-21RealignmentClassifications_11-13-15.pdf
While these number shows Gibbons as being 3A size eligible, since they added classrooms, their ADM numbers now place them in the 4A size schools, which is where they will play in the next realignment in 2017-2018. Catholic will drop to the 3A ranks and do battle in the same conference with Weddington and MR.
wrote on May 27, 2016 at 2:01 pm:
First day of pratice this season was Feb 15

WCPSS schools were in session and teams could only pratice once a day (ie - after school ended)

It snowed to the point many public school pratice fields were unplayable, and/or the schools risked tearing up their fields early in the season

What's was CG pratice schedule that week?

What fields were they practicing on?
wrote on May 27, 2016 at 1:50 pm:
Gibbons defenders, yes, many of the advantages Gibbons enjoys are related to $$$ that some public schools in affluent neighborhoods may be able to replicate, but certainly not as easily when they are bound by other public school policies, bureaucracy and red tape

But of course the biggest advantage by far is the 25 mile radius from which they may draw their student athletes

This far, far surpasses the "nodes" that public schools are bound by

Some magnet schools may theoretically have a similar ability, but not really since most are oversubscribed and students are often admitted by lottery

Gibbons supporters: what's the population in this 25 mile radius?

How many counties does it cover?

How many different public high schools would Gibbons student athletes have attended if they went to the schools they were assigned by their street address?

While this is a lacrosse forum, these same issues are true for many other sports to include soccer & women's volley ball

In the interest of full transparency, I'm confident the Gibbons faithful will release this information for all their sports teams
wrote on May 27, 2016 at 2:04 am:
Agree 100% that Catholic and Gibbons should play in the private school division. It has been an argument for a long time. If you pay tuition you should not play vs the public schools in the playoffs. I do not think they recruit but having players from all over is a big advantage. They are both very good programs with great players. I actually think both teams would benefit from playing in the private school division. They could play more games and schedule more games vs better out of state competition.
Kevin McKendry from Greensboro wrote on May 27, 2016 at 1:52 am:
I am Kevin McKendry, I am a goalie at Marist College, and have recently moved to the Greensboro area and am looking for people to shoot on me this summer. If interested in shooting contact me at kevinmckendry@nc.rr.com.
Modified seeding for lacrosse starting next year. wrote on May 26, 2016 at 8:36 pm:
From the NCHSAA 2016 Spring Board of Directors Meeting....
A new Playoff Berths/Qualification system was approved for all sports. A new Seeding process was approved associated with the new Playoff Qualification system.

Dual team Tennis, dual team Wrestling and Lacrosse will utilize a modified seeding process as opposed to bracketed Playoffs competition.
wrote on May 26, 2016 at 8:27 pm:
NCHSAA changed some rules at their most recent mtg

The playoffs should use a seeding system next year like other sports

It won't be perfect in everyone's eyes, but should be more fair to top programs who've been forced to meet in the second or third rounds, while some lessor teams have had an easier path to the quarter finals & semifinals just based on geography and predetermined conference seeding
wrote on May 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm:
If you are not one for “gossip and drama” than why are you posting gossip and drama?

Stop worrying about the advantages at the parochial schools. Over the course of the last few years, the local journalists have debunked most if not all of the supposed “absurd” advantages. The one advantage that the parochial schools have is a very supportive administration. You should instead focus on the disadvantages that can be eliminated by improved administrative support at your school.

Turf – The parent associations of WCPSS schools have shown that they can raise the funding and sponsorship necessary to install turf fields. All that is needed is WCPSS support.

Scheduling – Conference Athletic Directors set their own schedules. If Conferences 3 and 4 moved to one game in conference schedules there would be plenty of room to improve SOS. Travel expense (which again can be easily fundraised) could be minimized as weather in North Carolina makes us an attractive destination. Additionally, location near UNC and Duke increase the attractiveness of our area. This year Jordan and Riverside hosted Issaquah, Lake Norman hosted Mont Bell Academy and Olentagy Liberty. Jordan also traveled to Maryland.

Student Demographics – WCPSS schools have the largest student bodies in the state. This provides a distinct advantage over smaller population schools in the same classification. The biggest 4A schools have over 1,000 students more than the smaller 4A schools. The result is WCPSS schools are highly competitive in popular sports like Basketball, Baseball, Football, Soccer and Track & Field. When it comes to specialty sports with lower participation rates, student demographics play a large role. A school which has a lot of country club members amongst its student body is likely to be successful in Golf and Tennis. Lacrosse is very popular at the catholic middle schools so Gibbons is strong. Historically, ASA has proven to be a great feeder for Apex HS generating great success. 10 years ago youth lacrosse was more popular in Chapel Hill and Durham than anywhere else in the Triangle as a result, ECH, CH and Riverside had great teams and would consistently beat Wake (both public and private). The current youth programs in Wake are second to none. Support the youth programs in your area.
Dissatisfied with Gibbons and Catholic??? wrote on May 26, 2016 at 3:50 pm:
The members of the NCHSAA have discussed this situation and to date, the membership has not taken any action to separate the non-public school teams from the NCHSAA membership. Since it's their organization, I'll let the member schools decide what is best for them.

Since you are likely to be talking about Gibbons and Catholic, would you feel the same way if a Charter School, which have no county line restrictions, were to do the same thing?

As for the turf issue, many of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems are now using all-weather turf surfaces but the last time I was there, Catholic was still playing on a natural grass field so your viewpoint about it being unfair that teams are able to practice in all weather conditions doesn't apply just to Gibbons but to many Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools as well. So are you going to suggest to kick out the C-MS schools as well? And the last time that I checked, C-MS students have what I call semi-open enrollment option with a student being able to attend 1 of 3 HSs in the student's zone. (This information is several years old so if it has changed in the C-MS system, my apology for not keeping with everything down there).

So if Gibbons, for example, seems to have this overwhelming advantage, let's see how they fared in other men's sports the last two years (2015-16 is 4A, 2014-15 is 3A).
Baseball- 2016- 2nd seed, L in 3rd rd to 7th seed
2015- #1 seed lost in 2nd round
Football- 2015-4A- L in 1st rd.
2015- 3AA- L in 1st rd.
Basketball- 2016- 4A- DNQ
2015- 3A- #5 seed L to #12 seed in 2nd rd.
Soccer- 2015- 4A- #3 lost to #12 in 2nd rd.
2014- 3A- won 3A title
Tennis-2016- 4A- L in 2nd rd.
2015- 3A- Lost to Marvin Ridge in championship
Wrestling- 2015 or 2016- DNQ

And to further challenge your argument, would you have kicked Sanderson out in the 80s and 90s when students were moving into the Sanderson area to play soccer for Coach Catapano when Sanderson was winning state title after state title in boys' soccer? Probably not.

So Gibbons is good in lacrosse just as UNC was once good and dominant in women's soccer. As the sport grows and players become better, you will likely see Gibbons dominance in lacrosse diminish.

I could go on and on but I'll stop now as I believe that Gibbons perceived unfairly advantaged dominance in boys' lacrosse is an anomaly from what will happen when the sport grows larger statewide.
Swammi wrote on May 26, 2016 at 1:25 pm:
Congratulations to Ravenscroft on thier state championship. I got the winner right, but EVERYTHING else was wrong. The Christ attack was stellar, and being that they're all juniors they'll be favorites to make a lot of noise next year. They also have a couple of outstanding, young midfielders. Their goalie, an 8th grader, played outstandingly well. In my opinion, Christ outplayed the Ravens, but the Ravenscroft goalie played the best game I have ever seen him play. Without his HUGE stops that game could have easily been a 13-9 victory for Christ. It was a great game played by two very solid teams, and I expect to see more of this young, talented Christ team in the future.
Lax Man from Charlotte wrote on May 26, 2016 at 4:07 am:
Been there...done that. The NCHSAA WOULDNT RESPOND. I applaud your efforts. The Raleigh Voluntees have certainly stepped up to the plate.

Case in point. The NCHSAA is too lazy to seed teams from East or West. I just dropped the Mic... Move the Championships!!
wrote on May 25, 2016 at 1:13 pm:
While I think that most people agree that the State Championship should be rotated, we have much bigger problems aka parochial schools that have absurd advantages over the rest of the public schools. I'm not one for gossip and drama, but this is getting ridiculous having these teams with players from multiple counties, can play way tougher schedules, never cancel practices due to turf etc. I think its time that the State really looks into this, i'm not saying public schools should not play them. Because they are fantastic teams, however having them compete in the public schools is simply unfair.
Jack from the SWAC wrote on May 25, 2016 at 2:26 am:
The East region will be very interesting next year, mainly because many of the talented Raleigh Area teams contained a vast number of seniors (specifically Apex, Leesville, Millbrook, Athens, kinda Gibbons). Here's my early top 5 for the east region. You may notice that these teams with multiple returners were also some of the teams that went deep into the playoffs.

1. Gibbons- Can't drop the state champs until they're beat. Losing 3-4 big time scorers, starting goalie and FoGo; but we all know gibbons has talent and will reload quick. Look for their defense to be disciplined with Biestek and Stock leading the way and their offense to be experienced with guys like Barry, Digirolamo, Zarnik.
2. Middle Creek- Losing some key senior defensemen, and were never too stacked at defense to begin with... but their offense will be something special. All 6 starters on offense (especially Caputos, Doetzer, Medwar)return, as well as many reserves. This will be the team to knock off gibbons if they're worthy
3. Hoggard- Tremendous season from the beasts of the beach. Philipp and Frankeney were practically unstoppable until regionals. Returning a strong core group, only losing a few key defensemen and 2 midfielders. Only ranked behind MC because I believe MC has a higher ceiling and will be tested in their schedule more (again, very early prediction)
4. Holly Springs- Losing their leading scorer, but will be senior led by 4 year varsity players (guys like Garland, Roberts, Farlow, Lucius). Goalie was and will be a wall. Style of play was built on getting an early lead and parking the bus playing disciplined D, but look for them to have a more dynamic offense.
5. Broughton- Undefeated before being exposed by Holly Springs, Broughton will come out with a chip on their shoulder and win the Cap 8. Losing leading scorer snyder, but keeping weapons in Rice, Parker. Defense will realize what cost them in the playoffs and will be better in 2017.

Overall, look for an exciting, fast paced style of play in the East. Lot's of D1 talent in the classes of 2017 and 2018 and it will certainly show.

Other Teams who will compete for the top:

-Green Hope: Losing lots of seniors, returning Ryan (4 yr goalie), Callahan (60+ points), and other offensive starters
-Apex: Loses a big chunk of a 2016 core that won 2 state titles, but Coach Hayden's group will be ready. Expecting monster years from Cechini, Freeman, and Lalicker on offense. Patrick Sasser will be the QB of a revamped Defensive unit
David from Pittsboro wrote on May 25, 2016 at 2:12 am:
I have not seen many of the 4A games, but have seen many 3A games. I feel Wesley Roberson #30 from Northwood is one of the best dpoles in the state. Also Cole Bullard from Cedar Ridge #24 is one of the best as well.
Lax Man, you talk the talk wrote on May 24, 2016 at 10:59 pm:
As the saying goes, before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. I am not trying to get into a peeing contest with you but to my knowledge no other area of the state has come up with a viable and competitive proposal. So if you want it, now is the time for you or any other area of the state that wants to host this to start doing their homework and develop their proposal to bring the games elsewhere. And while you are at it, go ahead and start planning on 2 championships for the girls as they are nearing 50% of the 4A schools fielding girls' teams and that would mean 2 boys' and 2 girls' championships.

Many of us who volunteer are at Wake Med from 3 or more hours before the game until an hour after the games are completed each day. And in all that time, I would bet that of the 17 games that have been played, I've seen less than 2 complete games total.

And don't call the NCHSAA lazy. If they were lazy, lacrosse would not have come under their umbrella as early as it did and still might not be under their umbrella if they had followed their own guidelines. Charlie Adams had the vision and brought in lacrosse before it met the NCHSAA's requirements for a sport to be sanctioned. In the 7 years that they have sanctioned lacrosse, the sport has grown from 57 teams under the old NCHSLA to 96 teams and will almost certainly go over 100 teams next year on the boys' side.

While you may feel the NCHSAA is lazy, remember that they have 20+ other sports that demand their attention as well and they have to treat all of the sports as equally as they can.

So go do your homework and make a viable proposal to the NCHSAA so that the game can move around the state. It's time for those who talk the talk to now walk the walk.
wrote on May 24, 2016 at 9:18 pm:
#9 on the white team was the best defender at the great 38 he scored multiple times and really shined
Great 38 wrote on May 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm:
The numbers told the tale of the Great 38 game as far as scoring. The attack unit of the Blue team had almost twice the goals and four times the amount of assists as the Black Team attack. The midfields were about even in scoring.

The Blue Team attack had the most points with 11 goals and 8 assists - Mids had 7 goals and 6 assists - D/LSM 2 goals.

The Blue team had 6 players that had 2 goals - Peter Pitoff(A), Juno Durham(A), Ryan Young(A), Eric Dickerson(A), Michael O'Brien(D/LSM). Mitch Snyder (A) had the only hat trick of both teams.

The Black Team Midfield was the points leader with 7 goals and 4 assists - Attack had 5 goals and 2 assists - D/LSM had 1 goal.

The Black team had only 2 players with 2 goals - Davis Ferguson(A) and Blake Condron (M).

Looking forward to watching these young men play at the next level!
Christina Driggers from Wake Forest wrote on May 24, 2016 at 5:01 pm:
Hi Everyone!

MVP Sports Factory in Wake Forest is hosting youth lacrosse camp run by Ned Crotty from June 13-17th. I am looking to hire a few players for counselor positions to work under Ned that week. The camp will run from 9am-4pm, and ideally I am looking for someone who is available for those hours for the entire week. However, I am willing to piece together a few part-time positions if needed.

Must LOVE kids and be excited to help them learn new things. Must be able to pass a criminal background check.

If you are interested please send me your contact information, your availability for the week of June 13-17th, and a few times you would be available for a phone interview.

You can reach me at christina.driggers@mvpsportsfactory.com

Thank you so much!
Tennessee Bias wrote on May 24, 2016 at 4:51 pm:
For the 2nd time in recent weeks Lax Mag ranked a Tennessee team with a weak SOS and failed to mention any team from NC.

In this case Memphis University School which had a single win against a team with a power rating of 97.8 and next best win against a team with a PR of 94.3 (losses were to teams with PRs of 97.3, 97.0 and 91.1) In their state champ game they played a Mont Bell Academy team that had lost to Lake Norman whom we all love but is ranked #9 in LP state ranking for NC.

Compare that to the Top NC Teams:

CG: Best Wins (98.0, 97.1, 96.4, 95.7, 95.4) Losses (99.7, 99.0, 96.7)

Ravenscroft: Best Wins (96.4, 95.1) Losses (99.1, 98.2)

Catholic: Best Wins (98.2, 96.6, 96.4, 95.4) Losses (98.3, 95.4)
Fusion Lacrosse from Durham wrote on May 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm:
Fusion Lacrosse is happy to announce that the 16th Annual Riptide Summer Day Camp for boys will take place June 13-16th at Cedar Falls Park in Chapel Hill. Camp is open to 1-8 grades and is great for every level of play. Check out fusionlacrosse.com for more info.
Congrats to our local State Champions, Gibbons & Ravenscroft!
NC State Games wrote on May 24, 2016 at 2:14 pm:
High School Lacrosse nominations are due in this week!
25 of the best players nominated from the East and West will battle it out for the Gold Medal in a one-night only event on June 23rd. Play under the lights at the home of the NASL's Carolina Railhawks.

Nominate High School Player

Adult Lacrosse registrations due in 2 weeks
Join us June 25-26th at the WRAL Soccer Center in Raleigh. Men's and Women's Open Divisions will be offered, with a guaranteed minimum of 3 games.

Adult Registration Link

Youth Lacrosse 1-Day Festival on June 25th!
Come out for a jam-packed day of youth lacrosse at the WRAL Soccer Center. Teams (Rec and Travel) will be guaranteed a minimum of 3 games, and lunch will be provided to all players!

Youth Registration Link
wrote on May 24, 2016 at 1:03 pm:
Looking ahead to next year, who are the teams to beat? I saw a number of West teams play this year...only a couple from the East. So, in the West I'd say it looks like this: Weddington should be stacked next year, if they get everyone healthy. They were one of the top two talented teams I saw play this year, and have most of their players back. Marvin loses a few key players but were pretty young on their way to winning the 3A title. A-K has most of their team coming back and should be strong in the 4A, as will Lake Norman. They lose a bunch, but they always just reload at that program. Not sure about Catholic. They lose a lot, but are always strong. They will be good, but how good? Thoughts on other teams from the Charlotte area?
wrote on May 24, 2016 at 5:09 am:
Conf 4 predictions for next year

1. Broughton
2. Wakefield
3. Leesville
4. Heritage
5. Millbrook
6. Sanderson
7. Enloe
8. Rolesville
9. Garner
10. Wakefield
LaxMan from Charlotte wrote on May 23, 2016 at 11:17 pm:
To the "insider" from Raleigh.. Time for the NCHSAA to put the lacrosse championship out to bid in other venues and other cities around the state. I'm sure Charlotte and the Triad could supply the same amounts of $$ and volunteers if the NCHSAA weren't so lazy in their efforts. I applaud the financial support and volunteer work from the Raleigh area, but don't you think other cities would step up too. The fact remains, the NCHSAA is complacent in growing the game and the WakeMed facility and staff are a joke! Their elitist attitude shouldnt be rewarded, it should be banished. They're are plenty of facilities around the state that would welcome the opportunity to host this event. Raleigh has wonderful facilities that would welcome the opportunity to host this event.

It's time for coaches, AD's and the lacrosse community to get behind the rotation of hosting the State Championships.

The Raleigh volunteers that have graciously donated their time shouldn't have to do it year after year. I commend Duke Whelan and his efforts. Charlotte and the Triad can, and would, step up if given the chance. The problem is this...The NCHSAA is too lazy to listen!
TIme for a Change-Charlotte again... wrote on May 23, 2016 at 9:33 pm:
No umbrellas or detachable lens cameras are Homeland Security measures, not Wake Med measures. And you will likely encounter them at many public venues.
wrote on May 23, 2016 at 1:21 pm:
Who really shined at the great 38?
Western NC Chapter of US Lacrosse from Charlotte wrote on May 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm:
The Western NC Chapter of US Lacrosse would like to thank all the players and parents that traveled from the Eastern part of the state to attend the Great 38 yesterday . Thanks to the many coaches who took the time to nominate players. Great representation from across the entire state. Thanks to Lenoir Rhyne for hosting and to Stick With US for running the event .Congratulations to Ravenscroft and Cardinal Gibbons on their state championships. Two Great programs with high quality players and strong coaching.
Time for a Change from Charlotte wrote on May 23, 2016 at 12:47 pm:
The Wake Med center is a nice facility for Soccer.. I guess... Its time to move the Lacrosse Championships to a new Venue. Its completely Ridiculous that you are not able to bring in a camera or umbrella?? The Championships need to start rotating around the state for play.
wrote on May 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm:
Saw the Great 38 game yesterday. It was a fun event. Looked to me like the "stars" yesterday were some of the specialists - the 2 faceoff guys (Sampere and Smith), and 2 goalies - Nunziata and Hornik. Sampere and Smith battled each other in the second half. and Nunziata and Hornik were both really solid in the cage. Good luck to all the seniors in the future, whether it involves lacrosse or not...
wrote on May 23, 2016 at 10:54 am:
When are the all conference,state, and American lists coming out?
wrote on May 23, 2016 at 12:14 am:
Christ School goalie, Beau Hecimovich will be one of the nations top goalies in a couple years, led his team to a state championship appearance as an 8th grader.
wrote on May 22, 2016 at 9:21 pm:
Congrats to Ravenscroft for finally climbing to the top of the mountain. A great, great season for the Ravens, and a tremendous performance in goal by Will Bird vs. Christ School.
The NCHSAA is not wedded to WakeMed wrote on May 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm:
Being a bit of an insider versus LaxMan from Charlotte, I can tell you that the NCHSAA is not married to the Wake Med complex forever. If you come up with the underwriting financial sponsorship and backing that the NCHSAA receives from the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and other local triangle financial supporters along with a great group of volunteers like those led by Duke Whelan, then the NCHSAA will gladly listen to your proposal. Lots of people giving back to the game behind the scenes are the core of these volunteers.

And then to the little known fact about the officials working the gate, they are earning money to help grow the endowments for the 3 scholarships to the HS players to help defray the cost of their college expense. They too are giving back to the game.

The championships are not a money making endeavor for the NCHSAA so they are going to go wherever they can get the most financial help, whether straight out $$$ or in-kind help.

And yes, some of us would like to see the games moved so that we could see them instead of working behind the scenes so that you can see them.
lax wrote on May 22, 2016 at 3:53 pm:
When will all state and all region teams be released?
Lax Chef wrote on May 22, 2016 at 1:56 pm:
So this seasons over what's Cookin for next year
wrote on May 22, 2016 at 1:41 pm:
Congrats to CG on 4a championship this year

No gimmes during their playoff run, facing Green Hope, Apex, Leesville, Hoggard & Lake Norman

Some of the best teams in the state, and they did it in May

Without any preemptive, talk on how they'd easily run the table
LaxMan from Charlotte wrote on May 22, 2016 at 1:41 am:
The state championships should be rotated between Raleigh, Triad, and Charlotte each year on a three year rotation. The WakeMed complex is nice, but to even consider moving the game from stadium is atrocious. The fact that they wanted to move the game should tell the NCHSAA something. It's time to grow the game more and allow Charlotte and Triad to host championships, Wilmington would be a great location too. Wake Forest, UNCG, Queens U. Would be great venues...and WAY more hospitable than WakeMed. It's time for NCHSAA to tell WakeMed best of luck with Railhawks and any other event they wish to host and more importantly, good riddance. The NCHSAA represents all teams around the state. Move the Championship weekend to other venues!!
Great 38 wrote on May 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm:
It is not a NC All Star game! If you play for Team Carolina you get an automatic bid as a senior. The rest of the roster is filled in with other players. Priority for other players are those continuing to play in college. People complain about it on the forum every year. The state can always run their own or another group can start a NC All Star Game.
wrote on May 21, 2016 at 12:17 pm:
Saturday's NCHSAA Lacrosse finals will be aired live on Time Warner Cable (TWC) channels 77 and 323. A link to the live web stream will be available at www.nchsaa.org.
LaxFan wrote on May 21, 2016 at 11:04 am:
Why do kids from Tennessee play in the great 38 I thought it was a North Carolina thing. Those kids should play in the Tennessee all star game it shouldn't go by if you play on a summer team or not
laxfan from Lake Norman wrote on May 21, 2016 at 4:57 am:
I have seen a few games, and the best goalies in the state are Grant Portwood (Catholic), Fisher Scheimer (Lake Norman High), Archer Patella (RJ Reynolds), Matt Nunziata (Butler/Ursinus College), and Charles Roselle (Charlotte Country Day). All of these goalies have reached the all-conference or all-state level, with some even being all-americans. However, only Patella and Roselle return next year, as the rest of these netminders are seniors
wrote on May 21, 2016 at 12:27 am:
Who are the best dpoles in the 4a division vs the 1a/2a/3a division
LAXOBSERVER from Raleigh wrote on May 20, 2016 at 8:46 pm:
I have only seen Gibbons play once and have not seen Lake Norman play. LKN and Gibbons are 1 and 2 on SOS on laxpower, as of 5/20/16. Forget the 3/5/16 matchup earlier in the season btw the two teams. Both teams have played challenging schedules to prepare them for the state playoffs. Elite competition from beyond North Carolina, such as Malvern Prep, Landon, Calvert Hall, and Montgomery Bell, mean both squads have been challenged to the max. Plus add in all the top tier teams both Gibbons and Lake Norman have played within North Carolina, and you have two teams that are battle tested. I expect the game to be extremely close, and probably decided in overtime. It should be a great game between two equally talented and well coached teams. Will it be shown on TWC, and does anyone know the schedule?
wrote on May 20, 2016 at 1:44 am:
Who are the best goalies in the state?
Possible Rain on Sat but NO UMBRELLAS wrote on May 20, 2016 at 1:39 am:
NO UMBRELLAS will be allowed at Wake Med on Saturday. Also no food, no drinks, no crosses(sticks), [b]NO PETS[/b.
Yes, people have tried to bring their pets into the stadium.
PVT School Title Games wrote on May 20, 2016 at 1:36 am:
Can someone explain why there is 2 state champion games in the private schools? Is it separated by the size of the school? Cape Fear Academy # 52 in the state is playing #62 Forsyth Cou Day for a Title! What is going on in the privates?
Charlotte wrote on May 19, 2016 at 11:58 pm:
Clearly you didn't watch the right team if you think the Christ School attack cannot match up with Ravenscroft. With all three of their attack going to play at the next level, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with.
NCHSAA 4A from Charlotte wrote on May 19, 2016 at 10:27 pm:
First of all, huge congratulations to Cardinal Gibbons and Lake Norman. Both schools are sending their men's and women's teams to Cary this weekend for the State Championship. Two outstanding programs who are consistently on top on the men's and women's side. Now for predictions...

The theme I see playing out Saturday is revenge. First off, in the men's game. If anyone remembers the 2012 state championship game, LKN topped Gibbons by 1, with Gibbons hitting a potential game tying shot off the post with seconds left. This year, I see the score being flipped around, with Gibbons taking the win in a close one. LKN is a scrappy bunch who plays well together and thrives off groundballs and opponents mistakes. However, I think Gibbons is too skilled and won't make mistakes that LKN can capitalize on. I'm taking Gibbons by 1 or 2.

Next on the lady's side, Cardinal Gibbons will beat Lake Norman. LKN topped Gibbons in OT last year but it is a new year. The two teams played earlier and Gibbons won 17-6. While I know teams can get hot and play much differently from the start to end of the season, I don't see it happening for LKN this year. I'm taking Gibbons by 5 or 6.

Regardless of the results, I'm really excited as a mutual fan to see both games this weekend. Good luck both to both teams and congratulations once again.
John Hayden from Apex wrote on May 19, 2016 at 9:43 pm:
Championship weekend attendance:
Hopefully the weather holds out and the players on the six teams playing get to show their best in front of great crowds.
If you are in the area, please consider getting out to Wake Med and attending the games this weekend. We learned this spring that having the games in the stadium at Wake Med is something we should not take for granted. We came very close to this year to having the games moved off the stadium field. In the end, the Town of Cary and the NCHSAA made the call to get the kids back into the stadium. We all need to know that attendance numbers may be a factor for in future years. We would all rather be playing than watching, but as supporters of the game, it is important that we get out there this weekend and encourage others to do the same. We want these games to be played in first class venues. Our support is part of that happening.
wrote on May 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm:
Good for Voyager Academy, and lax in NC

Who are the other two clubs that may make the jump to varsity?

With 96 public school teams this season, it sounds like we will still be shy of 100 public varsity boys teams next year
CLT from Charlotte wrote on May 19, 2016 at 8:38 pm:
Lake Norman over CG in overtime. 9-8.
Marvin Ridge over Carrboro. 13-7
It will be the first time the West wins both titles.
Wake Med Admission Differnt on Sat from Fri wrote on May 19, 2016 at 7:35 pm:
I have just been informed that admission on Friday is $8 and on Saturday it is $10 since this is a doubleheader between the two schools. Attendees will be issued a wrist band that will allow them to exit and re-enter the stadium. And don't forget the parking either, that's another $5 or so per car. But still a great venue.
Times have brought change wrote on May 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm:
For the first time that I can recall, there are no Charlotte teams in the finals of the NCISAA playoffs. 16 teams in 2 divisions started the playoffs with 7 of those teams from the greater Charlotte area. And when it comes to the end on Saturday, Ravenscroft will host Christ School from near Asheville in the Division I championship and Forsyth Country Day near W-S will host Wilmington's Cape Fear Academy in the Division II championship.

And both boys' games could just as easily had Triad based teams in the NCHSAA state championship instead of Charlotte area based teams as both of those games were played very close, neither was a runaway for Lake Norman and Marvin Ridge.
Charlotte wrote on May 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm:
Best Middies
1. Rob Wallon (Catholic)
2. Cory Vangihoven (Butler)
3.Zak Butz (Catholic)
4. William Barnes (Myers Park)
5. Nick Radford (Country Day)
No Specific order but these guys were solid all year
Mr. Lax wrote on May 19, 2016 at 1:57 pm:
And then.................. there were 2. Last round I went 3/4 (including the 3A games) making me 33/40 for the playoffs.
State Championship Predictions
Gibbons over Lake Norman
I see Gibbons winning this game, (which is a rematch of a game played very early in the season in which Gibbons won 9-5.) I do however think that this will be a little bit closer, however Gibbons I think is just too good and too complete. They are just such a deep team, my guess is Gibbons wins this game by about 3 goals. Both teams have taken very, very hard paths to the State Championship.

Marvin Ridge over Carrboro
First off, huge tip of the cap to a Carrboro team that has greatly exceeded expectations this year. Its really cool to see a school that many of us have not heard of often in the State Championship. With that being said, Marvin Ridge is unlike ANY team Carrboro has played. I expect this game to get ugly. I'm also happy for Marvin Ridge that they don't have to play against Gibbons like they have in the past two State Championships. My guess is the Mavericks win this one by 8+.
Swammi wrote on May 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm:
2) Christ @ 1) Ravenscroft in the NCISAA State Championship: Any way you cut it a brand new 1st time NCISAA champion will be crowned on Saturday. I have seen both teams play this year, and from what I've seen Ravenscroft is a much better team. Christ will have trouble scoring on the athletic and intelligent Ravens defense. The patience of the Ravenscroft offense will be able to wear down the Christ defense, and their ability to move the ball quickly will prove a difference maker. The EMO of Ravenscroft will pump in goals regularly on extra man opportunities. The Christ attack will not be able to match up with the Ravens defense, and they will also dominate at the face-off X. Christ is a blue collar gritty team, but grit will not be enough to overcome the Ravens at home. I predict that Ravenscroft will defeat Christ 11-4 and earn their first lacrosse championship in school history. After two previous losses in the state finals, the third time will be a charm.
wrote on May 19, 2016 at 11:38 am:
I think best this and that for the attackmen needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Much of the evaluation is based on stats which are flawed. Goal and assist totals are misleading as players rack up points against very low rated defenses. Stats also reward selfish play and do not provide insight into the complete player. Suggestions:

Look at stats vs. Top 5 defense played against. Ignore goals scored against low power rated teams
Pay attention to turnovers
Measure effort on a ride and ability to cause a clear to fail
Shots vs Goals?
PME from Raleigh wrote on May 19, 2016 at 9:25 am:
Ravenscroft in the finals after defeating PD at home.Hard fought defensive game 6-4
wrote on May 19, 2016 at 7:03 am:
Finals in the 123A with Carrboro vs Marvin Ridge.

Marvin Ridge has proven that they can defeat talented teams, yet Carrboro should never been underestimated.

Championship game predictions?
Voyager Academy in Durham wrote on May 19, 2016 at 4:47 am:
Voyager Academy has been given the okay to go varsity by their school board. Based in Durham, they will be in the 1, 2, 3A division.
Hearing rumors of 2 others going varsity but nothing concrete yet.
Wake Co. is scheduled to open 6 new HSs by 2022 and most if not all of them will add likely add lacrosse.
wrote on May 19, 2016 at 4:34 am:
The private championship game will not include Charlotte Latin or Charlotte Country Day, will not be played in Charlotte, and will not include a Charlotte team. These are firsts in recent history. My prediction is that Ravenscroft will win the NCISAA championship by 4 goals over Christ School. The parity among the privates has made this season a lot more interesting to follow. I hope it continues.
wrote on May 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm:
Congrats to Ravenscroft for their 6-4 win over PD today

It would have been nice to see a game between Ravenscroft and Leesville this year

Both have highly rated teams and the schools are only 5 miles apart
Thomas from Rhett wrote on May 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm:
Anybody know when 4A All-Region and All-State teams will
be announced?
Gibbons vs Hoggard wrote on May 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm:
Gibbons dominated the face off X all game. Hoggard definitely has some very good athletes but only a few lacrosse players. # 1 from Hoggard is as good as any attackman I have seen in the state this year. They also have some decent midfielders in 20, 22 and 44. Gibbons is at a different level. The defense is very aggressive without giving up position. Midfielders are big, fast and make smart decisions with the ball. The Gibbons vs Lake Norman game should be a good one. I think LN will be a lot more competitive than the first time around but Gibbons wins by 2 or 3.
Charlotte Fan wrote on May 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm:
Who are the best Midfielders in the Charlotte Area?
Lax guy Joe from Clt wrote on May 18, 2016 at 1:05 pm:
Great preformance from lake Norman last night, they dominated over northwest guilford in the first half. The second half was little slower for the wildcats, but it seemed as though lake Norman had complete control of the tempo of the game. Very excited to see this team play in the champiship Saturday!
JMHO wrote on May 18, 2016 at 12:00 pm:
Midfield:
1. Kevin Barry CG
2. Jack Shelton CG
3. Chris Cox ECH
4. Austin Bell BR
5. Donovan Jones Hog
6. Tucker Burkinshaw GH
7. Sean Voelkel CH
8. Fletcher Steveson Ash
9. Rhen Bumgardner Enl
10. Alex McClure Apex
Fogo
1. Peyton Smith AD
2.Davis Sampere LR
3 Trevor Kirsch CG
Again, no particular order. All are very good players.
JMHO wrote on May 18, 2016 at 11:34 am:
The top 10 attack list I posted is not in any particular order. I feel all 10 are very good players and had great seasons.
wrote on May 18, 2016 at 4:34 am:
Looking at current SOS ratings, it's clear LKN (SOS#1) and Gibbons (SOS#2) benefited by playing very strong teams inside & outside the state

The only other Triangle area teams who had a Top 10 SOS were Durham Jordan and Durham Riverside; however, neither had a strong season

On a similar note, how was Jordan able to play 2 games on the same day up in Maryland, back in early April??
from Mooresville wrote on May 18, 2016 at 3:26 am:
LKN has stepped up this year in the playoffs. Huge win for them tonight against Northwest Guilford. LKN defense has been very impressive and will continue to be in the championship. Prediction: LKN 13. CG 10.
wrote on May 18, 2016 at 1:45 am:
Best attack in conference 12 is Renner (sophmore) Dinwiddie (junior) and Fasanaro (junior)
wrote on May 18, 2016 at 1:44 am:
Best defender in conference 12 is Kurtz (junior) Marvin
wrote on May 18, 2016 at 1:43 am:
Best middies in conference 12 are
Helms (junior) and Leonard (sophmore) from Weddington
Chet Manly from Charlotte wrote on May 18, 2016 at 1:25 am:
Lake Norman just beat Northwest Guilford 13-11. I'm starting to think that the last few games were more than just a string of upsets-Lake Norman is here to compete, and could give Gibbons a run for their money in the state championship.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on May 17, 2016 at 8:03 pm:
Look for Marvin Ridge to roll to a state championship in the 3A...their Championship game was against Weddington Friday night. In the 4A, Lake Norman vs NWG should be a good game. NWG won handily the first time these two teams played, but LN is much better, and healthy now. Look for LN to pull the upset, and meet CG in the finals.
Postponed Playoff games wrote on May 17, 2016 at 3:35 pm:
Ravenscroft vs Providence Day School has been postponed from today until tomorrow at 5pm at Ravenscroft.

Northern Guilford vs Marvin Ridge has been postponed until tomorrow, time and site to be determined due to condition of Northern Guilford field.

Northwest Guilford vs Lake Norman decision will be made about 2 pm today.
PVT SCHOOL wrote on May 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm:
What is going on in the Private schools? Are they really going to have 2 State Champions? They only have 23 teams. Is this a participation trophy for rich kids? Cape Fear Academy in NC 2 NCISAA might be the only team that would make the public school playoffs out of their entire bracket.
wrote on May 17, 2016 at 11:36 am:
Who are the best midfielders in the East?
JMHO wrote on May 17, 2016 at 11:32 am:
Best Attack in the East:
1. Gunner Philipp Hoggard
2. Luke Frankeny Hoggard
3. Owen Caputo MC
4. Mark Schachte CG
5. Mitch Snyder Broughton
6. Jack Hayden Apex
7. Eric Fitz Leesville
8 Jared Medwar MC
9 Joe Cooper Millbrook
10 Aidan Callahan GH
Laxdog from Raleigh wrote on May 17, 2016 at 11:20 am:
The LSM from Ravenscroft is a Junior - Nolan Irey
wrote on May 17, 2016 at 1:05 am:
LaxPower shows 18 active club teams in NC this year

Are any of these teams moving up to varsity next year?

Are there any other schools who will roll out varsity teams next year?
wrote on May 17, 2016 at 12:00 am:
Wozencroft and Biestek CG, Tyler Carpenter DA...all top close D and LSM defenders. Ed Huffstetler NBHS shutdown close defender. All sophmores. 2018 triangle class is 1 of if not the best single class in from Triangle in a long time / maybe ever
Mr. Lax wrote on May 16, 2016 at 10:32 pm:
Another round in the books! And then, there were 4. Last round I was 3/4, making me now 30 out of 36 for playoff games.

Eastern Finals
Gibbons over Hoggard

I don't think this will be close. Gibbons is unfortunately just to good at every position in my opinion. Hoggard has a very good offense, however there is no way they will be able to score near enough goals as they need to in this game. My guess is Gibbons win by 7-10 goals.

Western Finals
Lake Norman over Northwest

Earlier in the season, the undefeated Vikings beat Lake Norman 17-5. Still to this day, I would say that was one of the most surprising scores of the season. I'm not surprised Northwest one, it was the margin that was confusing. I think that it is a different game this time around. Northwest is still a young team, my guess is Lake Norman wins this one by 2 goals.

BONUS PICKS
Chapel Hill over Carrboro
Marvin Ridge over Northern Guilford
wrote on May 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm:
Ah...

Best this, and Best that

Best in the East, and Best in the West

Best in 4A, and Best in the rest

But, there's no need to wonder, and no need to guess

The state championship games are upon us, and then the coaches will attest!

(All Region & All State lists should be released shortly)
wrote on May 16, 2016 at 4:44 pm:
Middle Creek Vs Hoggard was a very good lacrosse game from 2 evenly matched teams. MC had a good defensive effort to limit #4 touches but that left #1 open. MC's #5 Phillips and #7 Weinburg played tough all night long. #14 King plays like a scat back in football. Penalties hurt MC and Hoggard scored on 2 man down opportunities in a row to tie the game and shift the momentum back to Hoggard. Hoggard did have a midfield advantage with #22 and #44 .
wrote on May 16, 2016 at 4:03 pm:
dont rule out AJ King as one of the best depoles in the east very hardworking lsm and only a sopohmore very impressed with his ability to one man clear with a pole, also see sean seaver and jack beistick are great poles very impressed by all three
wrote on May 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm:
Private School Predictions - Step 1:

I have to go with the upsets after calling the favorites in the first round.

Ravenscroft / Providence Day - Long shot upset for the Chargers, but dont think Bobby Thompsons's Chargers have forgotten about the major upset Ravenscroft pulled off several years ago against a State Title caliber team. This team is tough and scrappy. Not as talented or athletic as the favorite Ravenscroft team. Prediction - Ravenscroft loses a heart breaker by 1 or 2 goals at most. If I am wrong Ravenscroft will win by 6.

Christ School / Country Day Prediction to follow.
wrote on May 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm:
Who is the Ravenscroft LSM? I think he is a sophomore. He should be in the conversation for some of the best D / LSMs. At least on the watch list. watch list.
Swammi wrote on May 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm:
4) Providence Day @ 1) Ravenscroft: These two teams played a relatively close contest very early in the season. PD has come a long way since early March, and Ravenscroft has become a well-oiled-machine in the same span of time. I do not thing PD’s improved play in all facets of the game is going to be enough to overcome the powerhouse that is Ravenscroft this year. Expect PD to come out and keep it close/competitive throughout the game, but look for the Ravens to pull away in the 2nd half. I expect that Ravenscroft will be victorious by a score of 12-7.
3)Charlotte Country Day @ 2) Christ School: These two teams played fewer than two weeks ago and it was a low scoring defensive battle. CCDS got stumped by an unexpected defensive game plan that worked well enough to give Christ the win. I don’t expect that the Bucs will be unprepared for that defense the 2nd time around, and the strongest coaching staff in the state will figure out a way to solve the Christ defensive front. I also expect that the CCDS defense will be able to shut down the offensive attack of Christ and prevent them from scoring very many 6v6 goals. I expect that CCDS will travel to the mountains and defeat the 2 seed by a score of 8-3 by taking advantage of transitions and man-up opportunities.
wrote on May 16, 2016 at 12:15 pm:
Middle Creek vs Hoggard. This was a great game. # 22 for MC dominated the first half and # 1 for Hoggard dominated the 2nd half. Over all I think Hoggard had better depth at midfield. # 44 and # 22 for Hoggard were very good. # 14 on MC was the best Defender on the field. Both goalies played very well but I would give the nod to the Hoggard goalie. Great game by both teams!!
JoeLax from Wilmington wrote on May 16, 2016 at 12:09 am:
Top Defensemen East
1. Keegan Santos 2017 Hofstra Commit
Chet Manly from Charlotte wrote on May 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm:
I'm excited for the upcoming NW Guilford-LKN game. While NWG did beat LKN by quite a lot earlier this year, I believe LKN is a much different team than the last time they played NWG. I think this is gonna be a close game, but LKN pulls another upset.
Wes from Charlotte wrote on May 15, 2016 at 8:49 pm:
All on this website I have heard about how Catholic's poles are god-sent. But after watching the LKN, CCHS game last week I would say that Lake Norman's defense is a force to be reckoned with. Not one Catholic attackmen scored that entire game.
wrote on May 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm:
5th round 4A East:

Gibbons over Hoggard

and I will finally take a shot at the West

NWG over Lake Norman
wrote on May 15, 2016 at 1:40 pm:
4A East:

Gibbons over Hoggard

and I will finally take a shot at the West

NWG over Lake Norman
Geographic Limitations, not this year wrote on May 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm:
For the first time ever, the 4A semis will feature 4 teams from 4 different regions of the state: Lake Norman from the greater Charlotte area, NW Guilford from the Triad, Cardinal Gibbons from the Triangle and Hoggard from Wilmington. And it came close to the same in the 1,2,3A bracket with Jacksonville losing by 1 goal to Chapel Hill preventing the same thing from happening. With teams from the outlying regions continuing to improve and increase in numbers only continues to support the growth of the game. And that is good for the game.

Good luck to all of the teams on Tuesday.
wrote on May 15, 2016 at 2:56 am:
When are the 3A and 4A states? Who plays Friday and who plays Saturday?
Charlotte Lax Observer from Charlotte wrote on May 15, 2016 at 12:07 am:
We are down to the final four everyone! Although the 1A/2A/3A bracket definitely deserves being talked about, I will only be discussing the 4A bracket as I believe there is better competition.

1.Lake Norman vs. Northwest Guilford: This will be an intense game all the way through. Although Northwest Guilford bettered the Wildcats easily earlier in the season, this matchup will not go that way. Northwest's shooting ability is among the top in the state, but I belive they will not have the ball enough to show it off. We have seen great patience from the Wildcats the last two rounds of these playoffs and I expect nothing less in this one. Also, the numbers this Lake Norman defense is holding opponents to vs. top teams in the state the past two games(Catholic-6, Mt. Tabor-7) is scary. Great defense, patience, and outstanding goalie play will keep the Wildcats in the game. Lake Norman's tough regular season schedule will have them more prepared twoards the end of the game, allowing them to make a run in the fourth quarter. Prediction: Lkn- 11 Guilford-7
Sammy from Charlotte wrote on May 14, 2016 at 12:08 pm:
Not sure who the best defenders in the state are because I've not seen many kids from East play. But the best defenseman in West is Zach Strassner from Cstholic, hands down! Only one kid scored on him all year while dodging to goal...Peter Pittroff from Country Day, who should be Observer POY. Strassner shut down Dickinson from Myers Park, Schalte from Gibbons and any other kid he lined up against. Best LSM is Michael OBrien from Catholic as well. He scored 5 goals this year while playing shut down defense all year. He was the most athletic kid on field in every game played this year. Tucker Dougherty from LKN should get some votes as well.

How about anyone from East? I'd love to hear the nominees.
wrote on May 14, 2016 at 10:43 am:
NWGHS should roll over LKN again which will set up a fantastic final!!! They are by far the best of the west!!
wrote on May 14, 2016 at 5:36 am:
Best Defense in the East-
(in no particular order)
1. Jack Biestek
2. Caleb Ferguson
3. Sean Seaver
4. Thomas Farlow
Marvalicious from Marvin wrote on May 14, 2016 at 3:40 am:
Marvin Ridge over Weddington 7-6. Great win after two regular season losses to a more veteran Weddington squad.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on May 14, 2016 at 2:57 am:
Well, Marvin pulled off the big upset tonight over Weddington. Marvin controlled the ball and worked their game plan to perfection...stall, stall, stall. Porta controlled about every face-off, and the offense was good enough to keep possession for long stretches of the game, even being called for delay on their very first possession. They frustrated Weddington and stuck to their plan, even despite getting down 3-0 in the second quarter. Weddington's defense was lights out. They gave up 2 goals on a 3 minute illegal stick penalty, and two others in transition off the face-off. Otherwise they were great. The potent Weddington offense seemed to get a little impatient when they finally saw the ball, and forced the issue a little too much.
It's not always about who the better team is. Sometimes it's just about who executes their game plan on a given night, and MR did that tonight. They should be able to breeze to the 3A state championship now.
Weddington should be proud of their great season. With a ton of young guys coming back, the future is very bright.
Neil Dorr from Greensboro wrote on May 14, 2016 at 2:06 am:
It'a always entertaining to see the somewhat limited geographic view that so many posters seem to have. I recall in 2011, everyone was discounting NWGHS's record and gave them very little chance of winning the state championship. As so many posters state - championships are won on the field and that is precisely what happens each year. NWGHS not only won in 2011 but did so in commanding fashion against ECHS. This year's NWGHS team is undefeated and has already beaten Leesville Road, Marvin Ridge, Wakefield, Mt. Tabor, and solidly bested Lake Norman. The 2011 championship team had a potent attack line that scored over 165 goals combined and this year's attack is a well oiled machine, as well. But this year's team has something that the 2011 team did not - a midfield group that will consistently give you 3 - 5+ goals per night. In the Triad, we know that quality lacrosse is played throughout the state of NC and does not reside only in one metropolitan area. So, the next two rounds will be hopefully interesting and entertaining from a spectator's perspective - no matter who is victorious. I see NWGHS advancing to the Finals and playing an extremely talented and tested CGHS team to a very close contest with the final score too close to call.

NY Ex-Laxer
Chez Barrington from Charlotte wrote on May 14, 2016 at 2:03 am:
Lkn and northwest guilford in the semis. I have lkn taking this one. Lkn is coming for revenge. I then see LKN pulling the upset on gibbons in states.
wrote on May 13, 2016 at 9:10 pm:
Private School Predictions for Saturday:

Ravenscroft 13
Cannon 4

Christ School 10
Charlotte Christian 8

Country Day 10
Durham Academy 6

Providence Day 12
Charlotte Latin 8

No upsets this weekend. Next Tuesday is the day of upsets!
Ol' Laxrat from Salisbury wrote on May 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm:
I've been able to see a lot of lax in the state this year, and from what I've seen, the best game still resides in the Triangle... Gibbons trip to the title will be relatively easy with Catholic gone. Lake Norman will be a tough opponent in the finals, but Gibbons is head and shoulders above the rest. That's not a knock against anyone. Leesville is scrappy and will be within 10 of Gibbons. Page will stun the Vikings tonight because they will be the first real competition NW has faced and they can be had if you stop #11. But Page will get crushed against the big boys from Lake Norman.
CLT wrote on May 13, 2016 at 3:30 pm:
Marvin Weddington tonight for quarter finals.
Swammi wrote on May 13, 2016 at 12:40 pm:
8) Cannon @ 1) Ravenscroft: These two teams played about two months ago and the Ravens handled Cannon easily. I expect this game to end with the Ravens winning 11 - 6.
7) Charlotte Christian @ 2) Christ School: These two teams played last week, and Christ cruised to a 9 goal victory. I like Christ by a score of 16 – 7.
3) Durham Academy @ 6) CCDS: These are two of the top coaches in the state, and Lanzy will be able to close the 13-1 gap from earlier in the season. But, he just doesn’t have enough to close that gap completely. CCDS wins this one 9 – 3.
5) Charlotte Latin @ 4) Providence Day: This will be an awesome matchup and it will be the best game to watch in the first round for the privates. These two teams are very evenly matched. The better midfield play will win the game while face-offs and ground balls will likely be the difference maker. I like Providence Day 10-9 (OT) in a tight one.
LaxExpert wrote on May 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm:
Leesville over Gibbons in OT
wrote on May 12, 2016 at 5:01 pm:
Best defenders in the state: Who are the 3 best defenders and 1 LSM in the state who are most deserving of all American?
Mr. Lax wrote on May 12, 2016 at 2:30 am:
Alright another round that wasn't my best. I went 6 for 8 now making me 27 out of 32.

Lake Norman over Mount Tabor
Lake Norman with the huge upset over Catholic. I think that they beat Mount Tabor by about 3 goals.

Northwest over Page
I expect this one to get ugly, I think that Northwest is the best team in the Triad and they will prove it once again on friday night. My guess is Northwest by 8+ goals.

Eastern Side

Middle Creek over Hoggard
These teams met not to long ago in a Saturday morning game in Wilmington, the previous night MC lost to Holly Springs, that is a very hard thing to play against two great teams back to back. I think that both teams have fantastic offenses, and neither teams have really been challenged so far this playoffs. My guess is this is the closest game of the quarter final round but MC wins by about 2 goals.

Cardinal Gibbons over Leesville
Simply put, with Catholic out of the mix. Gibbons will coast through the rest of the playoffs. I expect friday night to be no different. Leesville has come a long way in these past few years, but my guess is Gibbons will win by 8+
Quiet Observer from Pineville wrote on May 12, 2016 at 12:03 am:
Great lacrosse was played at Charlotte Catholic last night. It was a back and forth battle all night with Catholic jumping out to a 2-1 lead at the end of the 1st qtr. LKN went ahead with a 3-2 lead at the half. Penalties hurt CCHS. CCHS then had the lead to start the 4th qtr. Once again penalties and sloppy play hurt Catholic. I believe all of Catholics scoring came from their Middies. Whereas LKN seemed to distribute it around to win the game. GREAT goalkeeper play by both teams. The only problem was the field conditions were atrocious.
wrote on May 11, 2016 at 8:26 pm:
Private School Brackets are out:

1. Ravenscroft
2. Christ School
3. Country Day
4. Providence Day
5. Latin
6. Durham Academy
7. Charlotte Christian
8. Cannon

Looks like GDS was left out of the dance. Games start Saturday.
wrote on May 11, 2016 at 7:22 pm:
News Observer vs. Charlotte Observer

Continued nice coverage by the N&O this week. Last night they picked up both the Leesville/Holly Springs and Apex/Gibbons games. I would love to see them cover more, but staffing is what it is. Highschoolot covered the Apex/Gibbons game as well.

I cannot find any coverage for the marquis match ups in the west. Does the Charlotte Observer recognize boys lax as a sport? Is there somewhere else to get coverage or do we need to wait for dads to post about the games on this site?
wrote on May 11, 2016 at 4:08 pm:
Great Summary of the Private School playoffs. A few thoughts:

1. Having watched many of the Charlotte teams, I think PD is the fourth best team, but losing to Latin will cost them dearly and moved Latin from a 7/8 seed to the 4/5/6 slot.

2. Cannon / Christian may be a toss up. Good analysis.

3. Not sure how Ravenscroft could not get the #1 seed. They deserve it. Christ School needs to be encouraged to play a stronger conference schedule.

4. I do think Ravenscroft / Christ School and Country Day are all capable of bringing home the title. This should make for a very interesting playoff year.
Lebron James from Cleveland wrote on May 11, 2016 at 4:03 pm:
I'm excited to see LKN proceed in the playoffs. I think they have a chance to win it all.
Local lacrosse fan wrote on May 11, 2016 at 3:56 pm:
I attended the Apex vs Gibbons game last night and just wanted to say a couple things. First what a great atmosphere at Apex High school, easily the best non state championship crowd I had ever seen. Gibbons got off to a hot start, their midfielders really took advantage of their size and speed and put up 3 quick. Apex deserves a lot of credit for fighting back and making it a game for 48 minutes. As usual though that great defense of theirs came back and both goalies played outstanding to keep a gibbons team with a lot more athletes and talent offensively to only 8 goals. Apex was able to score at times but could never overcome what they lacked for in bodies and athletes. Overall a great lacrosse game and congrats to Coach Hayden and his team for a great effort. Best of luck to gibbons in the next rounds
wrote on May 11, 2016 at 3:01 pm:
Middle Creek or Hoggard? -Does anyone think they have a shot vs gibbons?
Lacrosse from Charlotte wrote on May 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm:
@Don, Catholic failed to finish all game long and give credit to LKN's goalie for many point blank saves and LKN altogether was better conditioned than Catholic.
wrote on May 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm:
4th Round - 4A East

Hoggard over Middle Creek

Leesville over Gibbons
wrote on May 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm:
Congrats to a very young Heritage Huskies team the advanced to the 3rd round of the state playoffs, in their first time in ever making the playoffs

They will be an even bigger threat in the next few years
NCISAA Swammi wrote on May 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm:
(1 or 2 – probably 1) Ravenscroft – They are 14-2 on the season and 10-0 against DI NCISAA teams with what will turn out to be 6 or 7 wins against teams in the tournament. They have no head to head or common opponent difference makers with Christ, but they should get the #1 most likely if you consider how many teams they beat that will be in the tournament. The seeding committee could put them as #2, but I expect they’ll get the top seed based on their schedule.
(1 or 2 – probably 2) Christ – They are 12-4 on the season and 5-0 against DI NCISAA teams with 4 or 5 wins against teams in the tournament. They and Ravenscroft didn’t play one another this year, and they have no common opponent or head to head contests to help make the seeding simpler. The one thing that Christ has is a bunch of games (4 or 5) against top out of state competition from GA, SC, and OH. I don’t see that as being enough to take them past Ravenscroft, but the seeding committee might see it differently. Either way…these two teams will be the top two seeds without question.
(3) CCDS – They are 18 – 5 on the season and 10-3 against DI NCISAA teams with a loss to Ravenscroft and Christ which will put them behind each of them with head to head losses to each. They also lost to Cannon early in April, but three weeks later earned an impressive and lopsided win against them which will result in a solid 3 seed for the Bucs.
(4) Charlotte Latin – They are 10-8 on the season and 5-6 against DI NCISAA teams. They split with PD, but won the 2nd meeting. Their late season performance puts them in the #4 spot, in my opinion, but the committee could put them in 5 or 6 as well.
(5 or 6) Durham Academy – They are 11-7 on the season and 7-4 against DI NCISAA teams, but their only real quality win in the NCISAA comes against PD and Cannon. The seeding committee could put them as the 6 seed, but with a head to head victory over PD it’s hard to seed them behind the Chargers.
(5 or 6) Providence Day – They are 13-8 on the season and 6-6 against DI NCISAA teams. They split with Latin, but lost the 2nd meeting so that should put them seeded below Latin. Since they lost to DA I think the committee will put them at the 6 seed.
(7) Greendboro Day – They are 12-9 on the season and 5-7 against DI NCISAA teams. They lost to Cannon, but that was the first game of the season which the seeding committee will be able to look past. The key to GDS getting the 7 seed is that they didn’t finish the season with a string of losses, and they beat the same Charlotte Christian team that Cannon lost to in the same stretch. GDS could get the 8 seed, but I expect the seeding committee to seed them 7 and they’ll travel to Asheville to avenge the nail-biter 1 goal loss to Christ early in the season.
(8) Charlotte Christian – In my view, I was trying to decide between GDS and Cannon for the 7 seed and I figured I’d put the other the 8. Then when I looked at things again after choosing GDS as the 7 I realized that Cannon simply cannot go into the 8 seed over Charlotte Christian. So, if the committee makes Cannon the 7 then GDS will get the 8, but if they give GDS the 7 then I feel like they have to give Charlotte Christian the 8 seed since they beat Cannon two times this year. The committee could overlook a loss if they split, but it’s hard to jump a team you’ve lost to twice. With the new format for NCISAA Lacrosse someone pretty good gets left out this year, and I think that’s Cannon.
Don from Charlotte wrote on May 11, 2016 at 11:44 am:
Can someone give an in depth report on the LKN Catholic game
Chet from Charlotte wrote on May 11, 2016 at 1:47 am:
LKN upset Catholic 7-6. Great game by both teams
Lax observer wrote on May 11, 2016 at 1:42 am:
Fischer Schiemer had, simply put, one of the greatest performances I have ever seen in goal at any level. Kid is the real deal. Lake Norman over Catholic by 1
joel tew from Clayton wrote on May 10, 2016 at 2:35 pm:
All,

I wanted to send out a final reminder to everyone that this weekend, May 14 and 15, Clayton will be hosting the North Carolina High School Club Lacrosse Championships at Clayton Civitan Park (340 McCullers St) in downtown Clayton.

9 teams from around the state will be competing for the 2nd annual Club Lacrosse State Championship. It is a 2-day, double elimination tournament to crown a state champion with the Dungan Cup Trophy.

17 Games
1 Champion

Please spread the word!

Tournament begins with Game 1 starting at 9am on Saturday between Jack Britt High School and Hendersonville. Event is rain or shine. Weather is expected to be perfect with temps in the high 70s and sunny. We are expecting several hundred athletes and families and we hope that you can come out to the event. Admission is free and concessions are available onsite. We will have sponsor booths, apparel booths and retailers on site for the full two days.

Clayton enters the tournament as the #3 seed with a 12-2 record and is a strong contender for the title this year.

We will be hosting teams from:

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wrote on May 10, 2016 at 12:48 am:
Two big 4A games tomorrow: LkN vs CCHS and CG vs Apex. Great coaches for all teams too! Winners favored to make finals
Mr. Lax wrote on May 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm:
Alright, rough round for me last time. Only getting 13 out of 16. I am now 21/24 so far for the playoffs.
Third round predictions:

Hoggard over Millbrook
Hoggard had a nice win over Athens, Millbrook had a huge win over East, I believe it was Millbrooks first playoff win. Big props to Millbrook, no disrespect to them but I have Hoggard winning by about 7-10 goals.

Middle Creek over Heritage
Heritage has had two nice wins over two not overly talented teams. The Middle Creek offense I think is just way to high octane, my guess is Middle Creek over Heritage by 8-10 goals.

Holly Springs over Leesville
Leesville dismantled a not great Laney team, Holly Springs dismantled a very good Broughton team that beat Leesville twice. Therefore this is an easy pick as I have Holly Springs winning by 6-8 goals.

Gibbons over Apex......... in the third round? Say what?
This is obviously the game to watch, followed by Holly Springs Leesville, I expect Gibbons Apex to be a GREAT game. I like Gibbons depth though, there ability to have kids from all over really helps them, and they are just a flat out great team. My guess is Gibbons wins an epic game by 2 goals.

Western side of the State

Catholic over Lake Norman
Like Gibbons, it is a huge advantage being able to have kids from all over = great depth, my guess is Catholic beats Lake Norman by about 3-5 goals.

Page over Southwest
by about 10 goals

Mount Tabor over East Forsyth
by about 5 goals

Northwest Guilford over Myers Park
by about 3 goals (close game alert)
SWAC from Cary wrote on May 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm:
SWAC All Conference predictions.

With more and more players playing both attack and midfield I am going to make the predictions more of an offense and defense ranking. These names are not in any specific order.

Attack-
Jack Hayden- Apex
Jared Medwar- Middle Creek
Davis Ferguson- Holly Springs
Bubble- Bobby Padden- Athens

Midfield
Owen Caputo- Middle Creek
Tucker Burkinshaw- Green Hope
Aiden Callahan- Green Hope

Faceoff Specialist- Payton Smith-Athens

LSM- Thomas Farlow- Holly Springs

Defense
Tommy Deluca- Apex
Sean Seaver- Apex
Jack McAulay- Green Hope

Goalie-
Sean Jesrani- Holly Springs
OR- Andrew Mason- Apex

POY
Owen Caputo- not much more can be said for possibly be the best player in the state.

Coach of the Year-
Nick Halotta first year HC of Middle Creek doing a Great job.
wrote on May 9, 2016 at 4:31 am:
There are 16 teams left in the 4A playoffs

Catholic is certainly one of them

They certainly have NOT played, or beaten, 10 of the other 15 teams
JL from Holly Springs wrote on May 9, 2016 at 3:27 am:
HS dominated the game vs. Broughton from the get go. They jumped out to a 6-0 first quarter lead, and never looked back. The Broughton defense had no answer for the HS offense, especially Davis Ferguson who finished with 9 or 10 points on the day. The HS defense forced Broughton into making bad passes and poor decisions. The HS man-down unit scored at least 2 goals. The HS goalie was tracking the ball really well the entire game. The only area that HS didn't dominate, was the faceoff X, and even that was a stalemate, at best. Broughton looked stunned, and the only player that did anything of note was Mitch Snyder (I think he had 5 points), but even then, he didn't do anything until the outcome was no longer in doubt. HS thoroughly dominated.
wrote on May 9, 2016 at 1:10 am:
There's no argument that catholic wont take Lake Norman likely. They won't. But I believe lake Norman has the depth and the stars to beat Catholic. All through out the year I've seen people asking her on triangle lacross why Catholic played close games and the response is always they put their backups in. But when lake Normans backups are in they still light up the other team. I see Catholic running their first string players dead and the depth of lake Norman being the deciding factor in this game. Big games for Ryan Caplis and Jake hogan of Lake Norman . Quiet game from Matt elder since I feel Catholic will focus too much on him.
wrote on May 9, 2016 at 12:51 am:
Can somebody do a review/seeding on all of the private schools? Playoffs are going to be interesting.
wrote on May 9, 2016 at 12:30 am:
Not many people apparently want to see Catholic win. They are undoubtedly the best team in the state, they have played everyone and beat everyone. If you think Catholic will take any team lightly, you're probably sadly mistaken. They know what it takes to win and this years team definitely has that formula.
wrote on May 8, 2016 at 10:44 pm:
If Broughton beat Leesville twice this year and Holly Springs just beat Broughton by 12, why would you pick Leesville to beat Holly Springs?
Surprised from Cary wrote on May 8, 2016 at 9:05 pm:
Anyone have a re-cap of HS win over Broughton? No disrespect to either team but I was very surprised by outcome and margin.
wrote on May 8, 2016 at 1:08 pm:
Round 3 East Predictions

Hoggard over Millbrook

Middle Creek over Heritage

Leesville over Holly Springs

Gibbons over Apex
wrote on May 7, 2016 at 6:20 pm:
Privates have 2 games left in a crazy season: Greensboro Day at Latin Saturday & Christ School at Charlotte Christian on Tuesday.

One guess for seeds:
1- Ravenscroft
2- Christ School
3- Charlotte Country Day
4/5- Providence Day/Durham Academy
6- Charlotte Latin
7- Cannon
8- Greensboro Day
You cried about the brackets this year... wrote on May 7, 2016 at 12:25 am:
maybe this will help soothe the soul. From the NCHSAA website and the recently concluded board of directors' meeting.

A new Playoff Berths/Qualification system was approved for all sports. A new Seeding process was approved associated with the new Playoff Qualification system.
East Chapel Hill-Millbrook is at.... wrote on May 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm:
Navy Field at UNC, 7pm.
Chapel Hill-Northwood is now.... wrote on May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm:
Saturday 7PM, Northwood at Chapel Hill.
Middle Creek start time tonight.... wrote on May 6, 2016 at 6:09 pm:
will be 30 minutes after the conclusion of the girls' game which starts at 6, thus the MC-Jordan game will likely start around 7:45
NotVegas wrote on May 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm:
EAST:
Hoggard (-4) over Athens o/u 19
ECH (-8) over Millbrook o/u 20
Heritage (-8) over New Bern o/u 18
MC (-15) over Jordan o/u 25
Broughton (-4) over Holly Springs o/u 18
Leesville (-10) Laney o/u 19
Apex (-7) over Wakefield o/u 22
CG (-3) over GH o/u 17

Upset Specials: H. Springs and GH.

West:
Wat (+5) SW Guilford o/u 17
Page (-5) RJR o/u 19
NW Guil (-13) over Butler o/u 20
Myers Park (-8) over Grimsley o/u 18
MT (-4) over S.Meck o/u 17
CC (-12) over Reagan o/u 22
LN (-4) over A.K. o/u 21

**Upset Special AK over LN
Holly Springs at Broughton is now.... wrote on May 6, 2016 at 5:43 pm:
Saturday at 4PM, Broughton BVLax vs Holly Springs, Girls follow at 6PM.
Wakefield at Apex is now.... wrote on May 6, 2016 at 4:35 pm:
Apex at wakefield, 6pm Friday night, Boys' lacrosse. Girls' game stays at Apex.
wrote on May 5, 2016 at 11:33 pm:
Green Hope vs Gibbons is really a second round game (both had first round byes), but it's still two upper teams meeting way too early

The NCHSAA just met to rectify many issues, the lacrosse playoff structure was NOT addressed

Let's move away from any type of pre-determined seeding

Let's move to the same model football, basketball & soccer use

The top programs have earned it
Mr. Lax wrote on May 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm:
Alright, I was 8/8 yesterday. Now the big dogs come out tomorrow night.
Predictions and why:

Apex over Wakefield
Apex is a better team in every aspect. Wakefield however is young, and has a bright future. My prediction is Apex wins by 7-11.

Broughton over Holly Springs
I like the Capitals, a better over all team. They've had trouble winning in the playoffs, I think they will roll over Holly Springs tomorrow. My guess is Broughton wins by 4-6 goals.

Cardinal Gibbons over Green Hope
My condolences to both teams, it is not fair that these two teams are playing each other in the first round. Whoever loses (I think Green Hope will) please remember that you've still had a great year. I think Gibbons wins by 4-7.

East over Millbrook
I like East in this game, I think that they are a more consistent team. Millbrook always struggles in the post season. My guess is East by 2-5 goals.

Leesville over Laney
Leesville is a better team I think in every aspect. They had a surprising run last year in the playoffs. I'll be interested to see if they can do it again this year. I think Leesville wins by 6-8 goals.

Middle Creek over Jordan
Nothing other to say then big separation. Middle Creek by 8+

Heritage over New Bern
These two teams are playing each other while Gibbons and Green Hope are playing.. Dang. My guess is Heritage rolls over New Bern by 4-6 goals.

Hoggard over Athens
Hoggards offense is just to explosive, however I think that this can be closer then most people think. Hoggard by 3-6 goals.

Western Side

Catholic over Reagan
10-12 goals

Page over RJ Reynolds
2-5 goals

Hough over East Forsyth
4-6 goals

Lake Norman over Ardrey Kell
2-5 goals

Mount Tabor over South Meck
1-3 goals

Myers Park over Grimsley
7-9 goals

Northwest over Butler
8+ goals

Southwest Guilford over Wataga
4-6 goals
NotVegas wrote on May 5, 2016 at 6:27 pm:
2 underdogs cover (Enloe & New Hanover) but took tough losses.
3 Under(s) and 1 Over on Totals in Rd1.
---
[North] East/West Bracket still a cake walk until MC-Hoggard and NW Guiford-Page in Rd4... Meanwhile the [South] East/West brackets have battles set up for Friday night. Gibbons/GH & Ardrey Kell/ LN then Rd. 3 gets real interesting.
Lines posted later....
wrote on May 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm:
East Rd 2 Predictions:

Hoggard over Athens Drive

Millbrook over East Chapel Hill

Heritage over New Bern

Middle Creek over Jordan

Broughton over Holly Springs (in a close one)

Leesville over Laney

Apex over Wakefield

Gibbons over Green Hope
wrote on May 5, 2016 at 1:52 pm:
Second Round Predictions:

Heritage over New Been

Middle Creek over Jordan

Millbrook over ECH

Hoggard over Athens

Leesville over Laney

Gibbons over Green Hope

Apex over Wakefield

Broughton over Holly Springs
D from Cary wrote on May 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm:
Congrats to all the 1st Round winners. Predictions for 2nd round on Friday, please!
What happens if the Friday games in the Triangle are canceled due to weather? Play on Saturday? Or have three rounds next week: Mon., Wed. and Frid?
xan wrote on May 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm:
state championship prediction is Catholic vs Gibbons rematch of wounded warrior.
wrote on May 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm:
Why are the championships dependent on who wins the regional finals?

Travel time?

Just makes it more difficult for working parents to plan, when it's decided so close to the game
re: swac all conference + poty wrote on May 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm:
It's gotta be Caputo from MC, he's got 95 points in 17 games (5.5 ppg) and is quite possibly the most talented player in the state. Other names that should be unanimous all conference are Hayden, Seaver, Medwar, Callahan, McAulay, Padden
Mr. Lax wrote on May 4, 2016 at 1:13 pm:
I also have Reagan beating Ragsdale. I didn't have that apart of my last set of predictions.
Fri night and Sat noon games??? wrote on May 4, 2016 at 2:03 am:
All but one of the Fri night games has been the 1,2,3A championship but until the Regional Finals are played, the decision will not be made as to which game is played when. If NWG wins the west and a triangle team wins the east, I predict the Fri game will be the 4A.
Lxman from Raleigh wrote on May 3, 2016 at 10:41 pm:
Any predictions on Swac all conference and poty?
wrote on May 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm:
East First Round Predictions

Heritage over Rose

Enloe over Athens Drive

Holly Springs over Ashley

Wakefield over New Hanover

No clue on what's happening out West
wrote on May 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm:
So...

It's 3A boys on 7:30 on Friday night
and 4A boys at 12pm on Saturday??
Mr.Lax wrote on May 3, 2016 at 9:16 pm:
The regular season is OVER.

Instead of doing a final week of polls. I will pick each playoff game instead, and right why.

Here are my playoff predictions for the first round.


Athens Drive over Enloe

Athens will dominate position, along with the fact that I think Athens has a better defense, I predict Athens to win a good game, by about 2 to 4 goals.

Heritage over Rose

This one should be a landslide. Heritage is very lucky to get to play Rose and then New Bern. I think Heritage will win by 8+ goals.

Holly Springs over Ashley

Ashley is down a couple players from when they started, including there best overall player. Ashley has a very good goalie however which makes me think that this one could still be somewhat close. Nonetheless I have Holly Springs winning by 4-6 goals.

Wakefield over New Hanover
Wakefield has a good team, however they've been struggling lately. I still expect them to beat New Hanover. New Hanover has a couple of very talented players, However Wakefield I think is just to deep. I have Wakefield winning by about 7.

Western side of the bracket (because why not)

Southwest Guilford over Southern Alamance

Butler over West Forsyth

South Mecklenberg over Mooresville
D from Cary wrote on May 3, 2016 at 8:57 pm:
Predictions for the 1st couple rounds?
NotVegas wrote on May 3, 2016 at 8:26 pm:
East Wildcard Wed Night Lines:
Athens (-6) vs. Enloe o/u 24
Heritage (-9) vs J.H. Rose o/u 19
Holly Springs (-3) vs Ashley o/u 23
Wakefield (-5) vs. New Hanover o/u 23
**Upset Special Ashley over Holly Springs** Teams are a combined 4-11 with against teams over .500
Robert McCarthy from Greenville wrote on May 3, 2016 at 6:50 pm:
Hey all,
Just wanted to check in to make sure you are all registered for this years tournament. Same location as last year: world class ECU facilities.
May 22 this year. Same great cause: Tyler Fox Viscardi Fund to supply equipment to kids in need. Last year we were able to purchase thousands of dollars of equipment and distribute to boys and girls here in eastern NC.
Help us grow this great game by helping us grow this Tournament.
Make sure your teams are signed up and paid as well as inviting other teams you know of. Follow the link for the registration page: http://ecyll.usl.la/Registration/TeamRegList.asp?org=ECYLL
We have slots open for Girls U11 and U15 as well as Boys U9 - U15.

Look forward to seeing you out there,
Rob McCarthy
ECYLL President
(252)717-6954
Holly Springs-Ashley on Wed wrote on May 3, 2016 at 6:07 pm:
Just received word that the Holly Springs-Ashley game has been postponed until Wed due to the weather forecast for this afternoon. Game time is 6:30 following the girls' soccer game.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on May 3, 2016 at 5:50 pm:
Looking at the small schools tournament, the bottom half of the Western bracket is loaded while the top half of the West is watered down. CSD will have to play Weddington in the second round. The winner of that will probably play MR in the next round. The Wedd-CSD game pits the #1 team in the tournament against the #3 team, with the winner playing against the #4 team in MR. My prediction is that whoever comes out of that group will be the state champs.
1st rd game at HS HS is Tues, not WEd wrote on May 2, 2016 at 10:01 pm:
Holly Springs hosts Wilmington Ashley on Tue at 6 pm.
Athens Drive hosts Enloe at 7pm on Wed.
Heritage hosts Greensville Rose on Wed at 6.
Wakefield hosts New Hanover on Wed at 6.
That is the way it stands right now at 6pm on Monday night, all games are subject to change.
NCHSAA Championship Game Times.... wrote on May 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm:
are 7:30 on Friday night and 12 and 4 on Saturday. Friday game and 12 noon game on Saturday are boys' games, 4pm Sat game is the girls' championship.
GREEN HOPE wrote on May 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm:
Tough draw for GH in playoffs. Even if they manage to pull off the upset at Gibbons, they've still got a tough Apex team to go up against.
Apex vs CGHS wrote on May 2, 2016 at 12:22 pm:
Actually, I think Apex would host. CGHS is only 7-1 (87%) as far as NCHSAA games are concerned, and I think those are the ones used for playoff positioning purposes. That means at 15-1 NCHSAA Apex has a higher winning percentage (93%)
wrote on May 2, 2016 at 11:06 am:
Anyone know the exact date & times for the boys 3A & 4A state championship games?

The NCHSAA website shows May 20 & 21
wrote on May 1, 2016 at 5:09 pm:
Huge week for Independents. Tremendous depth this year, and at least one quality team is going to miss out on the state tournament.

Amateur shot at current seeds:
1- Ravenscroft
2- Charlotte Country Day
3- Christ School
4- Providence Day
5- 8 ?????
Charlotte Latin
Greensboro Day
Cannon
Durham Academy
Charlotte Christian
wrote on April 30, 2016 at 3:04 pm:
Apex (16-1) would be the host over Gibbons (14-3)

When equal seeds meet, it's based on head-to-head results first, then higher overall winning percentage, then a draw
wrote on April 30, 2016 at 12:05 pm:
Millbrook upsetting Wakefield on Fri definitely jumbled up the final conference 4 standings

Heading into the playoffs it looks like the seeds from Conf 4 will be:

Team - Conf Record (Overall Record)

1 - Broughton 9-0 (17-0)

2 - Leesville 7-1 (12-4)

3 - Millbrook 6-3 (11-6)

4 - Wakefield 6-3 (11-5)

5 - Heritage 5-3 (7-8)

Probable Wild Card - Enloe 5-4 (9-8)
wrote on April 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm:
If gibbons and Apex faceoff in the 3rd round, who will get home field advantage? very interested to see this game. winner will most likely face middle creek or hoggard in final 4.
wrote on April 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm:
Country Day took care of business last night 13-5 over Cannon. This surging surging Cannon team has wins over South Charlotte's finest private schools - Latin, PD, Christian and Country Day. However, this game was not close after a 2-2 tie in the first quarter.
SWAC wrote on April 27, 2016 at 11:26 am:
SWAC Conference:

SWAC Conference was not done like Conf. 4. It is two divisions, Apex/GH/PC/FV/Pinecrest is one, and second is HS/MC/AD/Cary/AF. You play everyone in your division twice, and the other division once for 13 total games. All 13 games count for your conference record and the seedings then go by overall winning %, with head to head as a tie-breaker. If teams are tied and split head to head then a coin flip.

The first Apex v. HS game didn't count, only the second for conference standings. That is the only game in the conference of relevance that is an "out of conference" in-conference game. Both GH v. Apex games count for conference because both your in-division games count(just like both HS v. MC games count).

Apex - Clinches conference even if they lose to GH they would only have 1 conference loss.

MC - If win out clinches 2nd with 2 conference losses but tie breaker over GH.

GH - 3rd regardless of win or loss v. Apex because if win they still lose head to head w/ MC, and if they lose they have the head to head with HS.

HS - Win out and finish 4th. Have 3 conference losses(Apex, GH, MC). If GH loses Friday they still finish 4 due to the head to head tie-breaker.

AD - Win out and finish 5th.
wrote on April 27, 2016 at 11:07 am:
can somebody confirm the SWAC? I do not think Apex has clinched as their first game with Green Hope was non conference

If Green Hope wins Friday both Apex and Green Hope have one loss in conference and Green Hope would win the tiebreaker for first

1-Green Hope
2-Apex
3-Holly Springs
4-Middle Creek

If Apex wins they are undefeated in conference and Green Hope, Middle Creek, Holly Springs are each 1-1 Head 2 Head so you go deep in the tiebreaker scenarios . I think you use GA in games between the three which would be

1-Apex
2-Green Hope
3-Middle Creek
4-Holly Springs

Is this correct?
wrote on April 26, 2016 at 6:20 pm:
May 10 looks like it will be a loaded day in lacrosse across the state. Catholic will most likely face LKN and Gibbons will probably square off against Apex. The winner of these 2 games will be favorites to see eachother in the championship. Excited to see how the state playoffs shake out.
Conf 3 today wrote on April 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm:
Apex has locked up the number 1 seed.

MC can clinch the #2 seed today with a win

Winner of tonights Holly Springs/GH will at least be the #3.

Possibilities:

- If MC Loses and HS wins, then HS will be the #2 seed, #3 will be MC, #4 will be GH

- If MC Loses and GH wins, then GH would have to beat Apex to lock #2. Not sure what tie breaker would be for #3 bc MC/HS series is 1-1

-If MC loses, GH wins, then GH loses to Apex then it is a 3-way tie for #2

-MC wins and GH wins, then MC is #2, GH #3, and HS #4

-MC wins and HS wins, then MC/HS will go to tiebreakers for #2 and GH will be #4
wrote on April 26, 2016 at 12:52 pm:
Cannon v Country day game this afternoon at Cannon. Can Cannon upset the Bucs again? Or did the Bucs overlook Cannon last game? we will see tonight. This may be a playoff match-up we will see again.
D from Cary wrote on April 26, 2016 at 2:50 am:
What about Conf 3 standings and how could games this week impact them?
wrote on April 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm:
Last regular season of the week, here we go! Here are my rankings from last week, week 8.
1. Gibbons
2. Apex
3. Broughton
4. Leesville
5. Hoggard
6. Holly Springs
7. Middle Creek
8. Green Hope
9. Wakefield
10. East Chapel Hill

Here are my new week 9 rankings.
1. Gibbons- won't be challenged again until the playoffs.
2. Broughton- undefeated, plays Leesville today in a huge matchup.
3. Apex- Cougars had a HUGE win over Leesville, however the close game with Panther Creek was enough to drop them a little bit.
4. Hoggard- beat Chapel Hill by a convincing margin.
5. Green Hope- huge game tomorrow vs Holly Springs. Beat Panther Creek badly.
6. Leesville- played Apex very close, they play Broughton today for a huge game.
7. Middle Creek- don't sleep on this team. Especially with the way the brackets are set up.
8. Holly Springs- huge game tomorrow against Green Hope.
9. Wilmington Laney- beat Ashley (a team that has really under performed this year) by a convincing manner. Welcome to the top 10.
10. Wakefield- got beat very badly by Northwest Guilford.

Big games and predictions:
Monday:
Leesville over Broughton
Tuesday:
Green Hope over Holly Springs
Middle Creek over Athens
New Hanover over Ashley
Thursday:
Wakefield over Millbrook
Hoggard over Laney
Friday:
Apex over Green Hope

I am now 46/51 on the season with 90% accuracy.
wrote on April 25, 2016 at 1:18 am:
Conf 4 standings published below are correct except for Wakefield

I believe they are 3-2 in conference games that count towards actual Conf standings

Only games on & after 3/22 are Conf games

Wins - Garner, Heritage & Enloe

Losses - Leesville & Broughton

Rain Out/Cancel - Rolesville

It looks like a few teams won't be able to play their full 9 game Conf 4 schedule because there won't be enough time to make up the games
wrote on April 25, 2016 at 12:05 am:
Excited for the possible Lake Norman v Catholic 3rd round playoff game. Could definitely see an upset
wrote on April 24, 2016 at 11:46 pm:
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Boys and Girls - East vs. West (Classes of '17 and '18)
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$350 per team (U9, U11) / $450 (U13, U15)
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$550 per team / 3-game guarantee
@ WRAL Soccer Park
Men's Open and Women's Open

For more info:
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Conf 4 from Raleigh wrote on April 24, 2016 at 8:17 pm:
Conference 4 Standings as of 4/24:
T1: Broughton 6-0/Leesville 5-0
3: Enloe 5-2
T4: Wakefield 4-2/Heritage 4-2
6: Millbrook 3-3
7: Rolesville 2-4
8: Sanderson 1-5
T9: Garner 0-5/Wake Forest 0-6
wrote on April 24, 2016 at 2:19 am:
So how does PC hang with Apex for almost 4 qtrs, losing 13-8, but then lose 17-0 to GH the next game?
wrote on April 24, 2016 at 2:17 am:
Were heading into the last week of the season

What are the actual standings in Conf 3 and Conf 4?
wrote on April 24, 2016 at 2:16 am:
Heritage-Leesville game scheduled for Fri, 4/22 was cancelled due to weather and won't be made up due to scheduling limitations
wrote on April 23, 2016 at 4:43 am:
Weddington defeats the Mavericks and wins the Conference 12 Championship. It was a great game on both sides but the Warriors offense looked unbelievable and they where missing their top threat Fasanaro who seemed to be getting through an injury. However many other players stepped up and contributed big.
wrote on April 23, 2016 at 3:39 am:
Weddington blows through conference good job weddington
wrote on April 23, 2016 at 2:42 am:
Marvin/Weddington game was a well played game by 2 talented teams playing to honor a Marvin parent battling cancer. Final score was 12-8 Weddington..but real story was the real life fight of one of our own. One Community..one team..one fight...great job Warriors and Mavs. Keep up the fight..
wrote on April 22, 2016 at 6:41 pm:
marvin vs weddington tonight
wrote on April 22, 2016 at 4:43 pm:
Nice recognition for Steven Winsor (Chapel Hill 2012/UMBC 2016) in Inside Lacrosse today.
Mike DeFrancesco from Apex wrote on April 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm:
The final score of the Apex/Panther Creek game last night does not reflect how close this game really was for most of the game..heading into 4th quarter, Panther Creek held a one goal lead but just had several very exhausted players and Apex showed it depth. Nonetheless, congrats to the Catamounts for such a valiant effort.
wrote on April 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm:
Big one at Marvin Ridge tonight between the Mavs and the Warriors. Mavs have improved throughout the season. Have the Warriors regained their early season form after struggling a bit lately. Could be a good one.
wrote on April 22, 2016 at 1:53 pm:
The lacrosse community around NC will never know how LaxPower gets their ratings. Catholic is ranked #6 in the combined rankings of Private and Public. Both CCDS and Cardinal Gibbons are ranked above them. Im also surprised to see Ravenscroft have a better rating than Gibbons when they lost to them. Their "power ratings" are so messed up on so many different occasions.
wrote on April 22, 2016 at 11:59 am:
The preliminary brackets have conf 3 & 5 #1's playing in the 3rd round (2nd playoff game for #1's). That will pit Cardinal Gibbons vs Apex. Probably the most anticipated playoff game in the East. Raleigh area teams will have to "grind" through tougher playoff format!
CLT wrote on April 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm:
TO BE THE BEST, YOU NEED TO BEAT THE BEST! Who cares what round its in? Gibbons vs Catholic final will be a good one!!!
from Greensboro wrote on April 21, 2016 at 1:05 pm:
Northwest against Wakefield is going to be intense tonight.
wrote on April 21, 2016 at 11:53 am:
Whoever is setting up the playoff brackets at NCHSAA needs to recognize that some of NC's strongest teams are in Conferences 3, 5, 10, and 11. It doesn't make any sense to have the #1's from those conferences (potentially) meeting each other in Round 3 when other #1's are facing lower ranked teams.
MC vs Hoggard wrote on April 21, 2016 at 11:09 am:
Hoggard's goalie was very good and they have a very strong attack. At midfield and defense I would call it even. #4 (attack) Frankanie for Hoggard was the best player on the field. I think he had 6 or 7 goals.
wrote on April 21, 2016 at 2:47 am:
Leesville Apex recap.

Apex was up 2-1 at the end of the first. Then scored a goal with 5 seconds left before half to go up 5-3, at the end of the 3rd it was tied 6-6. Apex pulled away in the middle of the fourth. I personally expected Apex to destroy Leesville, Leesville has come a very long way in the last two years. However Apex was still the top dog.
D from Raleigh wrote on April 21, 2016 at 12:35 am:
Apex and Cardinal Gibbons could play each other in 3rd round. Way too early to meet.
wrote on April 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm:
In Confrence 4 only the last 9 games count towards Conference standings

Any earlier games between two teams don't count

As 4/20, the actual standings are:

Broughton 5-0

Leesville 5-0

Enloe 5-1

Heritage 4-2

Wakefield 3-2

Millbrook 2-3

Rolesville 2-4

Sanderson 1-5

Garner 0-5

Wake Forest 0-5
wrote on April 20, 2016 at 10:27 pm:
Brackets are up and everyone trying to forecast seeds, but LaxPower standings are not correct for Conf 3 & 4 because all games between teams are no longer "conference games"

Who can explain which games actually count towards conference standing?
CLT from Charlotte wrote on April 20, 2016 at 5:04 pm:
preliminary brackets are out, and I'll never understand why NC sets their playoffs up in such a foolish way. There is no seeding, just plug teams in. It may be easier for them, but it is not right in many cases. you get some of the best teams playing each other in the early rounds. makes no sense to me.
wrote on April 20, 2016 at 4:34 am:
Come on NCHSAA, give us some prelim brackets to chew on!
wrote on April 20, 2016 at 4:33 am:
I'm NOT Mr Lax, just a fan with my ear to the ground in a Conference 4

Nice job Heritage Huskies, as predicted!
wrote on April 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm:
Very intense game between Apex and Leesville. I think they gave the champs a run for their money tonight.

Anyone have a recap of this game?
wrote on April 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm:
CCDS held MR to 5 at Marvin Ridge. I do think CC, LKN and CCDS have the best defenses in Charlotte. One thing they have in common is Team Carolina's defense, probably the top Close / LSM in the state:

John Donohue (Country Day / Colgate)
Zack Strassner (Catholic / Delaware)
Tucker Doherty (Lake Norman / Bellamine)
Michael O'Brien (Catholic / Mercer)
Jimmy the Geek from Crown Town wrote on April 19, 2016 at 4:44 am:
The Geek may no longer be writing but Jimmy is still watching. The Geek knows that any impersonators publishing his "All Jimmy Team" must include many of our pious friends from Catholic and Christian. Anything else would just be a sin.
wrote on April 19, 2016 at 2:39 am:
Very intense game between Apex and Leesville. I think they gave the champs a run for their money tonight.
wrote on April 19, 2016 at 12:18 am:
Things are different in the privates this year. The top team isn't in Charlotte. It is Ravenscroft in Raleigh. Ravenscroft is likely to be the top seed. I believe the last time the top seeded team didn't win the privates was in 2011 when #2 Country Day won it all. My favorite for winning it this year is Ravenscroft. However, there are several teams very capable of winning as there is more parity among the top ranks than there was in the last few years. This makes it much more exciting and better for the game. Looking forward to private playoffs!
Steve from Charlotte wrote on April 18, 2016 at 6:49 pm:
LKN out of the west.
MC vs Hoggard wrote on April 18, 2016 at 5:59 pm:
Any recap of that game? I know MC played HS the night before and travel etc, but I expected MC to roll. Is Hoggard any good?
Mr. Lax wrote on April 18, 2016 at 1:47 pm:
Another great week of NC lax in the books. Here are my rankings from last week.

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

Here are my new week 8 rankings.

1. Gibbons- not going to be challenged again until the playoffs.
2. Apex- jumped Broughton because of the score that they beat Holly Springs by.
3. Broughton- Beat Green Hope last week which was a huge win for this team. They play Leesville next week for what should be the Conference championship.
4. Leesville- they've been climbing up all season. Next two weeks are huge for them as they play Apex and Broughton both.
5. Hoggard- beat Middle Creek by 4, should win out until the playoffs.
6. Holly Springs- huge win over Middle Creek, would probably be the 5 seed if they had a closer game with Apex.
7. Middle Creek- Did they lose two games? Yes. Am I ready to say that they're done? No. This is a team with great offensive talent and is still very dangerous.
8. Green Hope- They're yet to have a big win. They'll face Holly Springs and Apex next week which will be huge for them.
9. Wakefield- Continues to fly under the radar. Big game for them this thursday night at Northwest Guilford.
10. East Chapel Hill-tough loss to Durham Academy last week. Plays Gibbons tomorrow in what should be a blow out. This team can still upset a team in the playoffs.

Predictions:
Apex over Leesville (game of the week)
Tuesday:
Gibbons over East Chapel Hill
Holly Springs over Athens
Thursday:
Holly Springs over Millbrook
Northwest over Wakefield
Friday:
Hoggard over New Hanover
Laney over Ashley

Update on my predictions: I am 39/44 calling 88% of the games right
wrote on April 18, 2016 at 2:11 am:
MR only put up 5 on LKN.
wrote on April 18, 2016 at 1:41 am:
I was able to watch the Catholic vs Marvin Ridge game on Friday and I have to tell you that Catholic's defense is scary. They were able to hold MR's offense to only 4 goals. No Maverick's player was able to beat a pole 1 on 1 and at the rare time they got a shot off, Grant Portwood was there to swallow it up. Hats off to Zach Strassner, Matt Beltrando, Michael O'Brien, Noah Strassner, Patrick Collins, and Grant Portwood.
wrote on April 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm:
Lake Normans early season schedule really must've helped because they're heating up down the stretch. Just put a 15-4 beating on Myers Park
wrote on April 16, 2016 at 2:43 am:
Ya heard it hear first folks

Heritage upsetting Millbrook on Tues night!!
wrote on April 15, 2016 at 6:03 pm:
Anyone know when the NCHSAA will publish the "preliminary " playoff brackets?

If lax brackets still determined by conference size & conf standing, can't the preliminary bracket be released now?
Cameron Ferguson from Wake Forest wrote on April 15, 2016 at 5:39 pm:
Hi Triangle Lacrosse Community,

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wrote on April 15, 2016 at 12:13 pm:
We are missing Jimmy the Geek in Charlotte. With 2/3 of the season completed anyone want to propose the "All Jimmy Team"?
wrote on April 15, 2016 at 11:22 am:
Congratulations to Team Carolina 2021 for winning the World Series of Youth Lacrosse South Qualifier. They went 5-0 defeating The World Lacrosse Foundation from Florida 9-5 in the Championship. They will compete in the WSYL tournament July 2-4 in Denver, CO. Good Luck! http://www.worldseriesofyouthlacrosse.com/South-Regional.aspx
CLT from Charlotte wrote on April 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm:
About 2/3 of the season (more in some cases) is complete, and the Western half of the state is taking shape. Don't read too much into the Lake Norman win over Weddington, other than that Lake Norman is starting to put it all together again. The hardest schedule in the state is paying off at the right time. They could be in position to challenge Catholic and NW for the right to play in the state championship. AK is playing better, but still not quite ready to contend with the big boys at this time.
Small schools has Weddington as the front runner to rep the West, but CSD and Marvin are not too far behind.
Coach from Raleigh wrote on April 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm:
The Broughton vs. Green Hope game scheduled for tonight will be aired tomorrow night on TWC sports channel. Two top ten teams, should be a good one!
Jim from Ledgewood wrote on April 14, 2016 at 2:02 pm:
We are looking to move into Cary in the summer of 2017. My son would attend Green Hope and I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a summer camp run by the Green Hope Coach? I would like him to go this summer (2016) so my son can start to meet some kids. He will be entering 8th grade in the fall.
wrote on April 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm:
You're crazy if you actually think Leesville can beat Broughton
wrote on April 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm:
Congrats to Wakefield for their win over AD last night

Anybody got a game summary?

How close was it throughout the game?

Did the AD FOGO really provide an advantage?
wrote on April 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm:
watch for Athens over Wakefield tonight. Should be a good contest. Athens can control the pace with their FOGOs which will limit Wakefield.
LP Nerd wrote on April 13, 2016 at 2:26 pm:
Looking at LP ratings in the Reg In column for NCHSAA teams I think you get a better feel of how teams stack up to date. This ranking counts NCHSAA vs NCHSAA games only.
I think the rankings are reasonable and suggest that the computers think the top 9 teams are within 2 goals of each other on a neutral field. I excluded CGHS since they have only played 4 contests versus NCHSAA opponents to date. The computers suggest ignoring ranks of teams with less than 5 games played.

97.46 - NorthWest Guilford
97.44 - Weddington
96.36 - Apex
96.29 - Charlotte Catholic
96.15 - Myers Park
96.09 - Middle Creek
95.99 - Lake Norman
95.68 - Green Hope
95.62 - Leesville Road
94.87 - Community-Davidson
94.17 - Broughton
93.93 - Marvin Ridge
93.79 - Holly Springs
93.65 - Mount Tabor
93.28 - Ardrey Kell
92.69 - Wakefield
92.47 - Hough
92.42 - Wilmington Hoggard
90.16 - Greensboro Page
89.79 - East Chapel Hill
89.72 - Carrboro
89.57 - Athens Drive
88.53 - R.J. Reynolds
88.47 - Northern Guilford
88.28 - East Forsyth
Liz from Raleigh wrote on April 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm:
How did you decide the LHS will beat Broughton this week but beat Greenhope? LHS game has been rescheduled for 4-25.
TWC wrote on April 13, 2016 at 1:46 am:
Lake Norman and Weddington was easily one of the best games this season. Weddington took the early lead and held the lead through the first half. But in the second half lake Norman started to win more face offs and started rolling on offense and caught up to Weddington. Everytime lake Norman looked like they had momentum in the 2nd half Weddington would score to kill it. The 4th was both teams answering the other with goals. Mostly a 1 point and tied game through out the 4th. But lake Norman scored the final 2 goals including one with 9 second left to win the game 13-12. Fantastic game by both games
Rick from Charlotte wrote on April 12, 2016 at 9:37 pm:
Real excited for lake Norman vs weddington
Lee Winter from Cary wrote on April 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm:
I am interested in hearing of camps, clinics in Wake Country area for upper classmen (boys high schools).
wrote on April 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm:
I see McCallie was ranked in the South Top 10 this week by Lax Magazine. There are no North Carolina teams in this ranking. when looking at McCallie vs. NC teams and common opponents I see:

Apex beat Pope by 6 while McCallie beat Pope by 3
Lake Norman beat Mont Bell Academy who beat McCallie
CGHS vs Landon was considerably closer (6 goals) than the 11 goal blow out suffered by McCallie

To date, Charlotte Catholic has the best results in NC and I think is deserving of top 10 recognition. Is there an anti NC bias in the national polls?
Weddington Brother wrote on April 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm:
Lax Power is messed up
Mark Florio from wake forest wrote on April 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm:
Attention Officials:
While coaching a game last THUR 4-7-16 I found a coin on the upper field at Ravenscroft. Figuring it may be used and tossed by an official during the pre game captains meeting, please let me know if it holds any special significance to the owner. Please identify the coin and contact me here if that is the case. Thanks
Mark A. Florio
Mr. Lax wrote on April 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm:
Hello, here were my week 6 rankings from last week.
1. Gibbons
2. Broughton
3. Apex
4. Middle Creek
5. Green Hope
6. Leesville
7. Holly Springs
8. Hoggard
9. Wakefield
10. Athens Drive

Here are my new week 7 rankings.
1. Gibbons- had a huge win last week at Ravenscroft. Shouldn't be challenged for the rest of the regular season.
2. Broughton- huge week for this team. They play against Leesville and Green Hope both.
3. Apex- beat Athens last week with ease. They play Holly Springs tomorrow.
4. Middle Creek- they play against Holly Springs on friday, and Hoggard on saturday. That will be a very tough test.
5. Leesville- slowly climbing back up. huge game at Broughton tomorrow.
6. Green Hope- This is a team that is looking for that signature win, they play Broughton on thursday.
7. Holly Springs- Well, the Hawks just keep flying under the radar. That will change this week as they play against Apex and Middle Creek both.
8. Hoggard- chance to move up as they play Middle Creek saturday.
9. Wakefield-they play at Athens Drive on Wednesday which would be there biggest one up to date.
10. East Chapel Hill- have won 3 straight.

A lot of huge games this week. Hopefully the standings will look much different next week.

Tuesday:
Apex over Holly Springs
Leesville over Broughton
Durham Academy over East Chapel Hill
Hoggard over Ashley
Wednesday:
Wakefield over Athens
Thursday:
Broughton over Green Hope
Friday:
Middle Creek over Holly Springs
Saturday:
Middle Creek over Hoggard (in a shootout, two great offenses)
wrote on April 11, 2016 at 12:05 am:
wasn't at all surprised to see Broughton beat Wakefield, however the margin wasn't to surprising. I expect to see Broughton run through the rest of their schedule with ease, except for maybe Green Hope.
wrote on April 10, 2016 at 8:18 pm:
There seems to be more teams capable of competing with the top teams this year. This impression is confirmed by looking at the laxpower ratings. This year there are 24 teams within 3 points of the top team compared with 11 last year, 3 in 2014, 11 in 2013 and 5 in 2012. If the laxpower ratings are accurate there should be more close games and upsets in the playoffs this year.
Lax Guru wrote on April 10, 2016 at 6:49 pm:
Any predictions for the Weddington - Lake Norman game on Tuesday?
wrote on April 10, 2016 at 6:23 pm:
In Conf 4, only the last 9 games count towards the actual conference standings

After 3 games it's:

Enloe 3-0
Broughton 3-0
Leesville 3-0

Heritage 2-1
Rolesville 2-1

Millbrook 1-2
Wakefield 1-2

Sanderson 0-3
Garner 0-3
Wake Forest 0-3
That one guy wrote on April 10, 2016 at 12:48 am:
Lake Norman looked really good out there tonight beating Marvin Ridge 12-5
wrote on April 9, 2016 at 10:13 pm:
For those asking about Wakefield-Broughton:
Wakefield stayed close the whole game mostly because their defense established themselves as an enforcing presence and disrupted Broughton's attackmen. However, Broughton absolutely dominated the faceoff X, and their tiebreaking goal came on a score from their faceoff man.
Both offenses looked to be about on par with each other, although they do play different styles.
wrote on April 9, 2016 at 4:49 am:
Looks like Wakefield at NW Guilford has been rescheduled for April 21st

Should be a good one!
Joe wrote on April 8, 2016 at 4:29 pm:
Cannon beat CCD! What just happened
wrote on April 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm:
Any thoughts on WSYL South Qualifer this weekend on Charlotte?
Jack Britt HS Club wrote on April 8, 2016 at 1:51 am:
Due to recent cancellations, the Jack Britt HS club team in Fayetteville is looking for opponents on 4/9 and/or 4/16. Contact Scott Menoher at smenoher@aol.com. 4/16 would be at Jack Britt as JB is also playing Forest Trail. JB also has a JV team if your JV team is looking for another game.
wrote on April 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm:
So, Weddington struggled against a decent Butler team, and Marvin Ridge beat Apex over the weekend. Is this a sign of things to come? Will Weddington struggle against the couple of good teams they have left on their schedule, and will Marvin regain their form of the past couple of years as we head towards playoffs? Both play Lake Norman with in a few days of each other coming up. We may know more after that span of games.
wrote on April 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm:
Saw these rankings on the 3D rising website. Personally I think very accurate. I'm sure Weddington thinks they should be higher, but all the teams above them have beaten others in the top 10.

1. Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte), 9-1
2. Ravenscroft School (Raleigh), 8-1
3. Cardinal Gibbons (Raleigh), 7-3
4. Charlotte Country Day (Charlotte), 10-3
5. Middle Creek (Apex), 7-1
6. Broughton (Raleigh), 8-0
7. Apex (Apex), 7-1
8. Northwest Guilford (Greensboro), 9-0
9. Green Hope (Cary), 7-2
10. Weddington (Matthews), 6-0
wrote on April 7, 2016 at 2:30 pm:
Looks like Wakefield played Broughton close

8-7 final

Too bad their game vs North West Guilford was rained out over Spring Break

Does anyone know if that game will be played later this season?
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wrote on April 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm:
Anyone got a recap of the Broughton-Wakefield game?

Heard it was a close one
wrote on April 7, 2016 at 12:17 am:
Encourage everyone to head over to Ravenscroft Thursday evening for the 7 p.m. showdown with Cardinal Gibbons. Should be a wonderful high school lax contest.
wrote on April 6, 2016 at 6:32 pm:
Weddington is the clear favorite for 3a although Marvin Ridge's young team is improving and could pull the upset in the playoffs.

Private school championship will probably be a rematch between CCDS and Ravenscroft.

Catholic and Cardinal Gibbons are still the 4a favorites to meet in the Championship Game but the Apex loss shows every team is vulnerable.

Northwest Guilford will probably enter the playoffs undefeated. Conventional wisdom would say their easier schedule will cost them when they meet the elite teams in the playoffs. Time will tell if that is true.
from Charlotte wrote on April 6, 2016 at 11:08 am:
I was also at the Weddington game last night and while I agree that they were a little off I have to give some respect to a much improved Butler team. They came out ready to play. They got some great goalie play from Matt Nunziata (Ursinus College) and they also have a great midfielder in Cory VanGinhoven (Stony Brook), but in the end Weddington and Fasanaro were too much. I believe that Weddington will clean things up and be up to the challenge the rest of the season.
from Charlotte wrote on April 6, 2016 at 3:37 am:
This was the 3rd time I got to watch Weddington play this year. I am very shocked that they barley beat Butler, but they just didn't look like themselves coming right off of spring break. However thanks to a great individual performance by Attackman Hunter Fasanaro(6-7 points) including 2 game tying clutch goals he was able to give the Warriors the spark they needed to remain undefeated. In my opinion he is one of the elite attackmen in the state. Tonight was rough for them. I dont expect to see an off game like I did tonight come from Weddington in the near future but how will they do against Lake Norman?
wrote on April 5, 2016 at 3:43 pm:
post whos gonna win 3A states
wrote on April 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm:
I respect Catholic and their best this and best that. But...didn't you say the same things after last years Champions Challenge and how did that play out for you in May of 2015. Mic has been dropped. Championships aren't won on April 2nd.
Mr. Lax wrote on April 4, 2016 at 1:42 pm:
Here were my week week 5 rankings from last week.
1. Apex
2. Gibbons
3. Broughton
4. Middle Creek
5. Green Hope
6. Holly Springs
7. Leesville
8. Hoggard
9. Athens
10. Wakefield

Here are my week 6 rankings.
1. Gibbons- yes, they lost two games this week. However look at who they played, they play Ravenscroft this week after that they have very easy games.
2. Broughton, dominated everybody they play. Big game against Wakefield.
3. Apex, still think they're one of the best teams. Just have to drop them a little because of the upset loss to Marvin Ridge.
4. Middle Creek- very easy week ahead. Look for this team to get on a roll.
5. Green Hope-couple easy games coming up, then travel to Broughton in a huge game next week.
6. Leesville- This is a team that is moving up mainly because the quality of their losses. Play at Broughton next week in what should be a classic.
7. Holly Springs- lost some big games early, they have some huge games coming up next week.
8. Hoggard- big games coming up playing against MC next week.
9. Wakefield- only one loss to Leesville, havn't had to many big wins though. Game against Northwest was cancelled.
10. Athens Drive- hasn't had a huge win yet, however they've lost to only quality competetion.

Big games this week and competetion
Tuesday:
Apex over Athens
Reynolds over East Chapel Hill
Hoggard over Laney
Wednesday:
Leesville over Millbrook
Broughton over Wakefield
Ashley over New Hanover
Thursday:
Gibbons over Ravenscroft
Friday:
East Chapel Hill over Chapel Hill
Broughton over Millbrook
wrote on April 4, 2016 at 1:24 pm:
How did the Champions Challenge work this year? The defending state champions did not play each other and 2/3 lost their games. Is Charlotte Latin the Champions Challenge winner by playing a game against an out of state opponent?
wrote on April 4, 2016 at 6:58 am:
After the Saturday night mayhem, the top teams in the state are changed up a little bit. This is my opinion, I have seen most of these teams play and I am a neutral party.

1.Catholic- 1 of 5 teams in the state without a loss in-state. Definitely the best resumè out of all of them.
2.Northwest Guilford- Again no in-state losses. Has played a few good teams and have come out on top in every one.
3. Weddington- Undefeated, has an elite offense, but I put them at 3 because of a weaker defense than the likes of Catholic and Northwest Guilford.
4. Cardinal Gibbons- Big, athletic, disciplined team. Had a tough loss this weekend to a very good Catholic squad. Could see a rematch of Saturday's game in May.
5. Apex- Again a tough loss this weekend, but to a weaker team. They could make a run in the playoffs, will be a great Eastern Final vs. Gibbons if it plays out that way.
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 11:23 pm:
Laxpower.com or maxpreps.com will give you all the scores. Best place to look since they are usually posted within 24 hours, and some are very quick.
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm:
From an honest third party those guys mentioned will all be all-state this year and maybe All-American. These guys are all legit play makers that can change a game entirely.
D wrote on April 3, 2016 at 6:49 pm:
Could someone post the scores from all the Saturday games in Charlotte?
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm:
Agree

nice job Ravenscroft!

The quantity, depth and parity in NC has really grown in the past 5 years

It will be interesting to see how these do in the playoffs in May
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm:
Folks, there were some great games this weekend

Top teams, top players, playing in really hard fought 1-2 goal games

However, please remember there are over 135 teams playing lacrosse in NC now

Over 3,500 players

There's probably over 700 varsity players on teams all ranked in the top 25

How many of us have seen all those other teams best FOGO, best attackman, best middie, best LSM, best defender, best goalie?

Got it, you know the best players on your team -- and your team is really good

But, let's watch claims of "best in the state" when all of us only see a small portion of all the games and all the players
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 5:29 pm:
Cc vs gibbons:

From what I saw Catholic is the most talented team in the state they have the best Middie in the state (rob Wallon), the best defender in the state (zach Strassner), the best goalie in the state (grant Portwood), and the best LSM in the state (Michael Obrien). This team is the real deal.
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 2:27 pm:
Tip of the cap to Ravenscroft and Coach Sandy Kapatos. Prior to 2012, Ravens had never beaten one of the Big Three privates from Charlotte. Four years later, the Ravens have completed a Charlotte sweep.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on April 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm:
As a Charlotte fan it was good to see the best of the west the last couple years beat the best of the East. Should be an interesting second half of the season.
Pat from Raleigh wrote on April 3, 2016 at 11:26 am:
Yesterdays game in Charlotte,Country Day vs Ravenscroft was a good one.Though Country day led by one back and forth,Ravenscroft was able to pull it out for the win. congrats boys..Way to not give up
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 3:45 am:
Mathematically?

Nah,if the transitive property held true in sports, it wouldn't be as fun

Teams must prove their superiority on the playing field
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 3:39 am:
Just heard the Wakefield - NW Guilford game was cancelled for some reason

Will the game be made up?
wrote on April 3, 2016 at 1:58 am:
So Marvin beat apex, and weddington beat Marvin, mathematically, weddington should beat apex.
wrote on April 2, 2016 at 11:28 pm:
Is there an online stream for tonight's Gibbons/Catholic game for those that don't have TWC?
wrote on April 2, 2016 at 2:53 am:
Eastern NC - Apex is sound #1, CCHS, Weddington #2/3, N Guilford and CG doing nothing wrong at #4,5. No pne in NC sticking neck out for Broughton yet, I think #6 with GH and MC and Team Carolina
CC VS Gibbons wrote on April 2, 2016 at 2:51 am:
Biggest game of the year in the state of NC. The two heavyweight teams in the state battle it out. Should be a great end to all the action tomorrow Game is at 8 at Charlotte Catholic.
Chris from Wake Forest wrote on April 2, 2016 at 12:33 am:
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Thanks
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Thanks
RE: kefji wrote on April 2, 2016 at 12:04 am:
I would have to disagree that Weddington is for sure in the top 3. I don't think they have earned it. As the saying goes "to be the best you have to beat the best" and they haven't even played the best. Here's how I think it shakes out. This is 1/2/3/4A in the entire state.
1.Catholic/Cardinal Gibbons (winner tomorrow should be 1)
2. Apex
3. (Loser of Gibbons/Catholic)
4. Middle Creek
5. Weddington
6. Northwest Guilford
7. Green Hope
8. Broughton
9. Leesville
10. Carrboro
On the Downhill side of the season wrote on April 1, 2016 at 11:24 pm:
Coming up on the short rows of the season and still there's no clear cut favorite in my opinion in the 4A East. Broughton, Leesville, sorry but no Wakefield, Apex, Middle Creek, maybe Green Hope and Gibbons, any one of those 5 or 6 will play in the state championship game and win.

Ravenscroft, if they keep playing the way they have been playing and if they win vs Country Day tomorrow, will host the privates championship this year (or did I just jinx them?)

I have to cede the 1,2,3A to the west, the east is very weak in that area this year, Weddington or Marvin Ridge in the west 1,2, 3A should win it, with my guess that it will be Weddington.
kefije wrote on April 1, 2016 at 8:14 pm:
somebody do rankings including 1a/2a/3a/4a

Where do yall got weddington should at least be top 3. They are the powerhouse team in the state in my opinon.
wrote on April 1, 2016 at 5:45 pm:
Ravenscroft visits Charlotte tomorrow at Noon to play the Country Day Bucs. Winner will be the favorite to be the private school champs. Last meeting, Ravenscroft beat Country Day to advance to the Private School State finals. Prediction is a low scoring affair. Anyone have any details on the match-up?
wrote on April 1, 2016 at 5:05 pm:
Hard to put carrboro in any top ten after looking at the strength of their schedule
Mr. Lax wrote on March 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm:
To the person who responded to me, thank you very much for your response and for letting me know you like my posts! I appreciate it a lot. I'm not sure if you remember this, but one of my very first posts I stated that I would only be doing the 4A East. Therefore, I would not count the 1,2,3A schools in my rankings. I totally agree with you that Carborro has had a GREAT year so far. My reasoning for having Athens Drive at #9 is because if you look at each of their loses they're all to very quality teams. Ravenscroft, Holly Springs, Middle Creek, and Green Hope. In all of these games, Athens has still managed to put up at least 6 goals. While i'm not in love with this Athens team, I would still predict them to beat Millbrook. If you're to look at Millbrooks record they're 6-2, but there quality win up to this point was against a 5-4 Enloe team. Thats why I have Athens at 9. I hope this clarifies my decision!
wrote on March 30, 2016 at 3:25 am:
Big game in Charlotte between private school powers CCDS and PD. This matchup is intriguing, as PD's high octane offense meets the CCDS defense, which is one of the best in the state. However, look for CCDS to pull this one out coming off an impressive spring break. Prediction: CCDS 13, PD 8
CLT from Charlotte wrote on March 29, 2016 at 2:34 pm:
I would love to see a Weddington/Catholic game. I've seen Weddington twice and catholic once. I think it would be a great game. Two strong offenses and two aggressive defenses. Alsi, it's too bad the 4A champion doesn't play the small schools champion in the end.
Lacrosse in Johnston County wrote on March 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm:
Here's the contact information in regard to lacrosse in Johnston County. None in the schools yet but eventually it will get there.

340 McCullers Street, Clayton, NC
(919) 550-0694
civitan@claytoncivitan.com
RE: Mr. Lax wrote on March 28, 2016 at 9:08 pm:
While I've enjoyed your Top-10s this year, I don't understand this week.

Athens Drive (4-4) at #9? They have one win against a team with a winning record (From TX)

Millbrook, Carborro (8-0 BTW), and even Cedar Ridge all have a better claim to the #9 spot. If it's really about what's been done on the field, I see it more like this:

1) Cardinal Gibbons
2) Apex
3) Broughton
4) Middle Creek
5) Leesville Road
6) Green Hope
7) Carborro
8) Holly Springs
9) Wakefield
10) Millbrook
wrote on March 28, 2016 at 5:55 pm:
It is great to see the rankings from Mr Lax. Anyone want to take a shot ranking the privates this year as we head into conference play. Ravenscroft, Providence Day and Country Day all look strong so far.
Mr. Lax wrote on March 28, 2016 at 3:36 pm:
Hello, I'm back.
Here were my rankings from week 4.
1. Apex.
2. Gibbons
3. Green Hope
4. Middle Creek
5. Broughton
6. Wakefield
7. Hoggard
8. Holly Springs
9. Leesville
10. East Chapel Hill

Here are my new official week 5 rankings (Since there are very few games this week, I will preview the rest of these teams seasons as well)
1. Apex- team is really hot right now, beat Middle Creek last week in a huge matchup. Even if they lost to Green Hope the next game. They've essentially almost locked up the 1 seed because MC beat GH (if thats how that works.) Still has games against Holly Springs, Leesville Road and Green Hope.
2. Gibbons- beat Hoggard badly last week. While all of the other public schools are on spring break, they will be traveling to play against top notch teams in Maryland and NC. Have some big out of conference games remaining.
3. Broughton- They're still undefeated at 8-0. When they come back from break they'll have Millbrook, Wakefield, Leesville Road, and Green Hope all in an 8 day stretch.
4. Middle Creek- still have big games against Holly Springs, Hoggard, and Athens Drive.
5. Green Hope- lost to both Apex and MC by a goal each. Still have big games against Broughton, Holly Springs and Apex.
6. Holly Springs- a lot of big games left.
7. Leesville- had a nice win against Wakefield. some big games left
8. Hoggard- some big games left
9. Athens- some big games left
10. Wakefield- some big games left
CLT from Charlotte wrote on March 28, 2016 at 1:22 am:
Ok...Weddington appears to be for real. They've beaten the two teams that seem to be in their way in the West. Can they do it when it matters later this year. Also will be interesting to see if they stay healthy the rest of the year.
Guc from Clayton wrote on March 27, 2016 at 3:41 am:
New to the area and coming from the northeast is there any youth and high school lax in Johnston county?
wrote on March 26, 2016 at 3:53 am:
So what is everyone's thoughts of Northwest big win over Lake Norman?
wrote on March 25, 2016 at 5:06 pm:
Ok let's not get ahead of ourselves. Look at Catholic's schedule compared to Weddington's. Catholic's hardest game was the Hill Academy, who they should have beat. Weddington's toughest game was CSD/Marvin. Catholic has also beat Country Day and Providence Day. So before we start saying who's better just because they're undefeated, look at the schedule. Catholic will be the better team until Weddington proves them wrong.
from Charlotte wrote on March 25, 2016 at 3:19 pm:
Weddington beat Marvin Ridge 14-8. Looks like they are the real deal. I was suspect of the Warriors until they beat Community School of Davidson, and Marvin Ridge by 5 or more goals. Still Undefeated.
wrote on March 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm:
Is it ok now to pump up Weddington? They will be favored in every game they play the rest of the year. Looking forward their pipeline looks better than anyone else in the Charlotte area as well. Get used to it and that includes Catholic when they come down to 3a.
wrote on March 25, 2016 at 2:13 pm:
Catholic put every kid in against lkn. Catholic played starters in 1st half and were up 7-1.
wrote on March 25, 2016 at 1:51 pm:
Right now Northwest Guilford looks as good as any team in the state. They have a strong defense, fast mids that can shoot on the run, and 2 outstanding attack.
wrote on March 25, 2016 at 12:37 pm:
I truly believe Apex is the best team in the state. They already look better than their playoff team last year, and if NCHSAA can play it right, they could have a great regional championship between Gibbons and Apex
wrote on March 25, 2016 at 5:03 am:
Ok did I just see this right? Did Northwest Guilford just beat LKN BY 12?!?! There has to be some explanation on this, because Catholic only beat them by 1.
wrote on March 24, 2016 at 5:20 am:
Any predictions on Catholic vs gibbons?
wrote on March 23, 2016 at 6:13 pm:
All guys with French accents aren't good looking

All teams from out-of-state aren't great

Look at actual records this year and last

It's all available on line

Be careful with all stereotypes
wrote on March 23, 2016 at 6:09 pm:
Prognosticators

Always got to look at Strength of Schedule
Mr. Lax wrote on March 23, 2016 at 1:51 pm:
Response to the Leesville Wakefield person. I had Wakefield above Leesville because of what they had done up to that point. I thought all along Leesville was a better team and they proved that last night. Leesville will obviously be above Wakefield in the next set of polls.
wrote on March 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm:
Middle Creek vs Apex, any predictions?
wrote on March 23, 2016 at 11:57 am:
Catholic beat Jerome by 1, but had the lead the whole game. Great game to watch.
wrote on March 23, 2016 at 2:59 am:
Mr Lax

I'm confused

You moved Wakefield above Leesville in your updated rankings, but then pick Leesville to beat Wakefield

????

Hedging your bets 😉
Save the obi wrote on March 23, 2016 at 12:32 am:
DUBLIN ...by 3...my guess
CLT from charlotte wrote on March 22, 2016 at 5:36 pm:
Marvin Ridge has two tough tests this week, today against Ardrey Kell and Thursday at Weddington. These two games could break their season. A couple of losses and they may start looking ahead to next year. A win or two could salvage their season. The A-K game should forecast what we'll see on Thursday.
wrote on March 22, 2016 at 3:16 pm:
Catholic will be tested against a power house team from Ohio. Should be a great game between two deep teams who both will be in contention for a state championship. Game starts at 7 at Catholic
lacrosse from charlotte wrote on March 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm:
Catholic has a tough game today against a good Dublin Jerome team from Ohio, who do you think wins?
wrote on March 22, 2016 at 1:27 am:
Upset: I think Wakefield takes down Leesville tomorrow
wrote on March 21, 2016 at 9:50 pm:
Just wondering why the CCDS VS Radnor game isn't on lax power. Does anyone know why?
Carolina Hilltoppers from RTP wrote on March 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm:
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Mr. Lax wrote on March 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm:
Hello, i'm back.
Here are rankings from last week, week 3.
1. Gibbons
2. Apex
3. Middle Creek
4. Green Hope
5. Broughton
6. Hoggard
7. Holly Springs
8. Leesville
9. Wakefield
10. Athens Drive

Here are my new official week 4 rankings
1. Apex- We've got a new number 1. Now 6-0 after defeating Green Hope. Have a couple tough games coming up.
2. Gibbons- Beat a very good Charlotte Country Day team. Very close 2nd behind Apex.
3. Green Hope- But they lost? Yes, they did. They lost to the defending State Champion in OT.
4. Middle Creek- Dominated a pretty good RJ Reynolds team over the weekend. MC has a HUGE week this week facing Apex and Green Hope both.
5. Broughton- They just keep winning. They'll face East Chapel Hill later this week.
6. Wakefield- Undefeated team that has a lot of hype right now. They play Leesville tomorrow.
7. Hoggard- Lost to Providence Day last week. They play against Gibbons tomorrow.
8. Holly Springs- on a 5 game win streak.
9. Leesville- Pretty much identical situation to HS. Leesville has a big opportunity tomorrow against Wakefield.
10. East Chapel Hill- beat Rival Chapel Hill in 2OT.

We've got some huge games coming up this week!
Here are my predictions
Tuesday-
Gibbons over Hoggard
East Chapel Hill over Jordan
Middle Creek over Green Hope
Leesville over Wakefield

Thursday-
Broughton over East Chapel Hill
Green Hope over Athens Drive
Apex over Middle Creek
wrote on March 21, 2016 at 4:53 am:
two big games this tuesday in wake county
green hope vs. middle creek
leesville vs. wakefield

these are both games huge games featuring top teams
wrote on March 20, 2016 at 9:51 pm:
Cardinal Gibbons is not far and away the best team in the state. They haven't had to play their fellow Catholics to the south. Charlotte Catholic had the most talented team, as long as they play to the best of their potential, they won't lose.
wrote on March 20, 2016 at 9:42 pm:
CCDS with an impressive 6-5 win over reigning PA state champs Radnor High School. Great way to rebound after a loss to Cardinal Gibbons the day before, who is far and away the best team in the state.
Lax guy wrote on March 20, 2016 at 1:05 am:
Lake Norman upsets Tennessee Montgomery bell academy 8-7. Great Lake Norman defensive effort
wrote on March 19, 2016 at 11:26 pm:
just realizing now that Mr.Lax had another week of perfect picks. Thats his second week picking every single game right. Wondering how what he's thinking about some of the big games this week? Middle Creek vs Apex, Leesville vs. Wakefield etc
from Concord wrote on March 19, 2016 at 5:17 am:
Weddington defeated CSD (record of 7-1) by 5 goals. They are looking solid this year as they still remain undefeated. Whats really scary about the Warriors is the amount of production from freshman, combined with the upperclass leadership. However, a big test against conference rival Marvin awaits them next Thursday.
Ray St. Peter from Mooresville wrote on March 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm:
Just wanted to let everyone plan for the Wounded Warrior Classic in Charlotte the weekend of April 2nd. The teams playing will make for an excellent day of lacrosse and the proceeds go for an awesome cause. Time Warner Cable will be there and the 8 pm game will be shown LIVE. The scheduled match ups are:

Myers Park vs Durham Academy GIRLS @ 10:30 Am

Charlotte Latin vs Father Ryan (from Tennessee) BOYS @ Noon

Charlotte Country Day vs Lake Norman GIRLS @ 1:30pm

Christ School vs Olentangy Liberty (from Ohio) BOYS @ 3pm

Providence Day vs Lake Norman BOYS @ 4:30 pm

Apex vs Marvin Ridge BOYS @ 6:00 pm

Charlotte Catholic vs Cardinal Gibbons BOYS @ 8:00pm

All games will be played at Charlotte Catholic (weather permitting).

We will be filming all the games as well for Time Warner Cable, but this event is MUCH better live. Its a rolling showcase of some of the best East vs West match ups all season long.
CLT from Charlotte wrote on March 17, 2016 at 8:27 pm:
By the end of the weekend we should know a little more about Lake Norman, Myers Park, Comm. Sch. of Davidson, Weddington, and Catholic. Each of these schools have a good test coming either tonight or tomorrow. It should be interesting to see how things play out.
wrote on March 17, 2016 at 2:16 pm:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Apex vs. Green Hope (Apex home field advantage)
Game by game Green Hope has shown discipline and is starting to emerge as a possible state championship contender
#1 vs #3 in the state. Will be a great game.
wrote on March 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm:
West Breakdown. 4A

1. CC-after last nights large win over EF, they beat one of the best triad teams easy. Win over Lake Norman puts them on top.

2. Lake Norman. Studs all over the field could go either way in the playoffs vs Catholic.

3. NW- Still young and one of the top two best teams in the triad. Playing and beating some of the best teams in East.

4. Ardrey Kell- Building off last years the will be in the mix at the end of the season.

5. Mt Tabor. Young and loaded with talent, they could contend with anyone.

6-10 Hough, Comm-Davidson, Page, EF, Reynolds
wrote on March 16, 2016 at 4:31 pm:
Weddington wins states 3A
wrote on March 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm:
Durham

What is going on in Durham? Durham teams are currently 3-12. What has changed over the last few years?
Lacrosse from Charlotte wrote on March 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm:
Catholic beat East Forsyth by 12 last night 16-4. Just wanted to put that out there after the criticism that came after the Independence game. (Results of leaving starters in until 4th quarter.)
BigN from Raleigh wrote on March 16, 2016 at 2:49 am:
I watched the Apex and Gibbons games at KOS as well. It's hard to tell by watching the two teams play different teams who would win a head to head.. but comparing Pope to Malvern Prep is like comparing a good HS football team to Alabama
wrote on March 16, 2016 at 12:41 am:
Conference 4

My thoughts on what the standings will be this year.

1.Broughton
2. Leesville Road
3. Wakefield
4. Enloe
5. Millbrook
6. Heritage
7. Sanderson
8. Rolesville
9. Garner
10. Wake forest
CLT from charlotte wrote on March 15, 2016 at 7:16 pm:
hold off on the Weddington hype for just a bit until they actually beat someone. they've only played 3 games, and only one of those 3 teams has a record above .500 and that is Hough. Get through the next week and a half before you start pumping them up. See if they deserve it.
wrote on March 15, 2016 at 6:37 pm:
Not only did Catholic not play its starters, but the game was called for weather in the third quarter, hence the low score.
wrote on March 15, 2016 at 3:11 pm:
Predictions for this Friday?

EastCH plays CH
Millbrook vs Wakefield

then the game people are talking about GH at Apex.. Apex looked good on Saturday and GH has shown discipline and gotten a lot of praise over their first 5 games. Apex will go in 5-0 and GH will be 6-0 and both ranked top 3 in the state on laxpower. Should be early playoff atmosphere. Winner would be clear #1 in conf. 3 and both have MC next week so either a chance to prove dominance or get redemption.

I really hope N&O covers this game versus showing their usual favoritism towards the chapel hill area.
wrote on March 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm:
No starters played for Catholic against Independence. I applaud Coach Turner for playing kids that usually don't get in against the top teams regardless if it is a close game against a team that would usually get killed by Catholic.
wrote on March 15, 2016 at 1:34 pm:
Weddington is the favorite to win the 3a championship with Marvin Ridge having a down year and Cardinal
Gibbons moving up. Overall they are behind Charlotte Catholic and Country Day in Charlotte but above anyone else in Charlotte. Myers Park has had a lead in all three of their losses. They seem to play just good enough against good teams to lose close. It will be interesting to see how their Catholic game goes Thursday.
The Lax Guy from Charlotte wrote on March 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm:
Independence came to play, gave CC all they could handle. The Patriots are getting better every week.
from Raleigh wrote on March 15, 2016 at 3:22 am:
Weddington With a solid win at Myers park to stay undefeated. Where do you guys have them ranked in the state?
nick from greensboro wrote on March 15, 2016 at 3:03 am:
Why is no one talking about NW Guilford? they have taken down Leesville road and Marvin Ridge.
wrote on March 15, 2016 at 2:07 am:
Catholic over Independence 8-5!

Really???

What's the storyline behind this game/score?
wrote on March 15, 2016 at 1:38 am:
Saw both Apex & Gibbons play at KOS

Yes, they were playing two different teams

But based on their approaches to the games, I'd rate Apex the better team
Mr.Lax wrote on March 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm:
Hello, I'm back.

Week 2 rankings
1. Gibbons
2. Apex
3-Middle Creek
4. Green Hope
5. Broughton
6. Hoggard
7. Athens Drive
8. Holly Springs
9. East Chapel Hill
10. Leesville

Here are my week 3 rankings!
1. Gibbons- remains number one seed. Despite loss to a very, very good Malvern Prep team.
2. Apex- Big win as they take down Pope from Georgia.
3. Middle Creek- only played Cary last week. Interested to see how they do against Athens Drive tomorrow.
4. Green Hope- beat ECH pretty badly. Has their showdown with Apex on friday.
5. Broughton- won some blow outs last week.
6. Hoggard- beat Ashley by 10 goals. Quality win for them.
7. Holly Springs- have a nice stretch of easy games coming up. Big win over Athens Drive last week.
8. Leesville- Dismantled Chapel Hill High School. Not surprised that they won by that margin, but still impressive.
9. Wakefield- Welcome to the top 10, Wolverines. They're yet to play a close game. Their big test next week is against Leesville Road.
10. Athens Drive- lost last week to HS.


Games that have my attention and predictions

Tuesday-
Middle Creek over Athens
Leesville over Enloe
Laney over New Hanover
Friday-
Apex over Green Hope (GAME OF THE WEEK)
East Chapel Hill over Chapel Hill
Wakefield over Millbrook
wrote on March 14, 2016 at 9:15 pm:
This weekend Cardinal Gibbons v Charlotte Country Day at Gibbons - any insight into this upcoming game. I am not sure these two teams have played lately.
from Charlotte wrote on March 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm:
Anyone know of any lacrosse programs in the south charlotte area that offers casual lacrosse games for 18+ years of age players who have already graduated high school? Looking for something that is offered in the summertime.
Dave from Rockledge wrote on March 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm:
We are relocating to the Raleigh Durham area and wanted to find the top highschool lacrosse programs in the area?
Lax Fan from Charlotte wrote on March 14, 2016 at 12:36 am:
LKN /CC game was hard fought by both teams from the opening face off. I heard CC played a close game against Hill Academy the night before, so they may have been somewhat tired as its hard to play two tough games back to back. Don't count out LKN, they gave CC all they could handle. T. Dougherty (Bellarmine commit) did an excellent job keeping CC's best attackman, J. Harris (Mercer commit) in check the entire game. CC's defense seemed out of sorts most of game. A lot of penalties by CC poles. The difference was the midfield play by CC, just too many horses, led by Rob Wallon, Zak Butz, and Brendan Hahn. CC didn't show me that they are team to beat in West. They'll have some real competition getting back to state championship. Don't be surprised if West winner comes out of Greensboro. Myers Park and LKN should be in playoff mix as well.
Jon from Lantzy wrote on March 13, 2016 at 10:29 pm:
Wanted to send a quick THANK YOU to the Triangle lacrosse community for your help supporting another wonderful KOS lacrosse weekend!

There were a ton of great boys and girls games this weekend. Thank you to all the teams that travel from far and away you to compete in this event.

The teams involved played in support of the Vs. Cancer Foundation and raised close to $15,000 for this wonderful charity.

Special thanks to the following individuals for helping make the weekend go off without a hitch:

Todd Schuller, Cardinal Gibbons AD
Steve Engebretsen, Durham Academy AD
Debbie Rebosa, Durham Academy Head Girl's Coach
Coach Koplar, ECHHS Head Coach
Coach Kapatos, Ravenscroft School Head Coach
Coach Buckley, Gibbons Head Coach
Rick Wooten and all the officials
Ed Raymond, Jim Nee, Phil Ragazzo, Alex Elkins, Chip Mayer, Chad Watson

Sponsors - Triangle Orthopedic. Lacrosse.com, Brine Lacrosse.

I am sure I am leaving some folks out but you get the point, it takes a lot of folks to make this happen!

Coach Lantzy
wrote on March 13, 2016 at 4:08 pm:
KOS
I learned lacrosse is a lot better in NC than I expected. I moved here from L.I after playing in college and can tell you the top 4 or 5 teams here can definitely play with most of the L.I teams. It is great to see how much lacrosse is growing across the U.S.
danny from charlotte wrote on March 13, 2016 at 4:02 pm:
any coverage on the LN CC game?
wrote on March 13, 2016 at 1:12 pm:
So now that the KOS is over, what did all the pundits learn?
wrote on March 12, 2016 at 11:57 pm:
Hi
wrote on March 12, 2016 at 4:11 am:
Really good KOS games at Gibbons tonight. CCHS ended up down 1 after leading most of game against powerhouse Hill Acadrmy from Canada. Gibbons ends up 1 after leading most of game but going down 2 early in 4th Q against Epicopal from DC arra.
wrote on March 10, 2016 at 6:34 pm:
Heckuva early season schedule Lake Norman. In 8 days games against CG, CCDS, Calvert Hall and CC. This is how you test your boys early. This early season gauntlet will reap dividends later in the year regardless of win/loss results.

It is a shame there is any mention of LN offense without mention of #10 Hogan. He was a lone force in the game against CG scoring 4 goals, I believe all unassisted.
CLT from charlotte wrote on March 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm:
A week into the season...I know it is early, but who in the west is looking strong? Marvin lost to Hough, Lake Norman has lost 2. Myers Park has won big and lost close to Country Day. Lake Norman Charter is down. Other than Catholic, who is there? Comm Sch of Davidson? Weddington? What are your thoughts?
Friday Night Traffic wrote on March 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm:
Just another reminder, with Garth Brooks playing PNC on Friday, expect heavy traffic along the route to Cardinal Gibbons which is across the street. Please allow extra travel time for the 6pm and 8pm games
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on March 10, 2016 at 3:58 am:
Final King of the Spring 2016 Game Schedule!

Thursday March 10, 2016 Match-ups Time Location
Norfolk Academy (VA) v. Hill Academy 7:30pm Duke University Turf

Friday March 11, 2016 Match-ups
Boy's Games Time Location
Hill Academy (CN) v. Chatlotte Catholic (NC) 4:15pm Cardinal Gibbons
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. Episcopal (VA) 6:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Calvert Hall (MD) v. Lake Norman (NC) 8:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Pope HS (GA) v. East Chapel Hill (NC) 7:30pm UNC Ehringhaus Field
Cape Henry Collegiate (VA) v. Roxboro Community School (NC) 5:30pm UNC Ehringhaus Field
Norfolk Academy (VA) v. Wando HS (SC) 7:30pm UNC Navy Field
STAB (VA) v. Malvern Prep (PA) 4:15pm Durham County Stadium
Providence Day (NC) v. Ravenscroft (NC) 6:00pm Durham County Stadium
Durham Academy (NC) v. Charlotte Latin (NC) 7:45pm Durham County Stadium

Girl's Games
Norfolk Academy (VA) vs Durham Academy (NC) 8:15om Duke University
Wakefield (NC) vs Pope (GA) 8:15pm Duke University
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) vs St. Anne's Belfield (VA) 6:45pm Duke University

Saturday March 12, 2016 Match-ups Time Location
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. Malvern Prep (PA) 2:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Charlotte Catholic (NC) v. Lake Norman (NC) 4:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Pope HS (GA) v. Apex HS (NC) 12:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Charlotte Country Day School (NC) v. Norfolk Academy (VA) 10:00am Cardinal Gibbons
Charlotte Latin (NC) v. Wando (SC) 10:00am Durham County Stadium
Providence Day School (NC) v. Cape Henry Collegiate (VA) 12:00am Durham County Stadium
Durham Academy (NC) v. Episcipal (VA) 2:00pm Durham County Stadium
RJ Reynolds HS (NC) v. STAB (VA) 4:00pm Durham County Stadium
Calvert Hall (MD) v. Ravenscroft (NC) 4:00pm UNC Navy Field
Northwest Guilford HS (NC) v. Marvin Ridge (NC) 6:00pm UNC Navy Field

Girls Games
Durham Academy (NC) vs St. Anne's Belfield (VA) 10:30am Duke University Turf
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) vs Pope (GA) 10:30am Duke University Turf
Wakefield (NC) vs Norfolk Academy (VA) 3:00pm Duke University Turf

Women's College Game
Duke v. Lousiville 1:00pm Koskinen Stadium

Sunday March 13 2016 Match-ups
Boy's Games
St. John's (TX) v. Calvert Hall College (MD) 12:00pm Durham County Stadium
STAB (VA) v. Paul VI (VA) 2:00pm Durham County Stadium
Ian Marr from Charlotte wrote on March 9, 2016 at 7:03 pm:
Old Myers Park Alum here. I was wondering how the mustangs looked against country day. I know it was close but was wondering if it was as even as the score indicated. #STANGS
QDP from Raleigh wrote on March 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm:
As an old Green Hope alum, it is cool to see the boys beating some of the 'old guard'. I played some tough games against ECH and CH in my day, but was never able to get the W. I also played in some ugly blowouts against them. This was back in 05-08. It's incredible to see the talent pool growing these days, but the top end talent from those years was just so incredible.

Here's to an undefeated GH season! Get em, boys.
wrote on March 9, 2016 at 2:50 pm:
In a good match-up of two strong teams, Charlotte Country Day beats Lake Norman 9-3. The depth of Country Day and a stifling defense was the major difference. Pitroff (Denison) led with 3 goals and 3 assists. John Donahue (Colgate) held sophomore Matt Elder (Hofstra) to 1 assist. Start of a great rivalry.
from Chapel hill wrote on March 9, 2016 at 2:34 am:
Old alum from east chapel hill, wondering how they're looking this year, who are some key players?
wrote on March 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm:
Would someone please confirm the KOS game times AND let us know if there is the possibility of yet more game time changes or is the current schedule a lock. Thanks for the help
wrote on March 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm:
Hey coaches, your teams are getting great coverage by N&O. I am very impressed by the number of games they have covered. Return the favor and submit your box scores in a timely and accurate manner.
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on March 8, 2016 at 3:18 pm:
Seventh Annual King of the Spring Face-Off Classic set for March 10-13, 2016, in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, N.C.
Top high school lacrosse teams to support efforts of the Vs. Cancer Foundation
DURHAM, N.C. – The national high school lacrosse spotlight will turn to the Triangle area of North Carolina once again this spring as nearly 30 of the nation's top men's and women's high school lacrosse teams will compete in the seventh annual Brine King of the Spring Face-Off Classic, scheduled for March 10-13, 2016, in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Hosting this year's tournament are Durham Academy and Cardinal Gibbons High School. Complete game schedule can be found at www.kingofspringlax.com .
"The King of the Spring has emerged as a one-of-a-kind event in the high school lacrosse community and has quickly become an annual destination for some of the best programs in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast," said tournament director and Durham Academy boys lacrosse coach Jon Lantzy. "As coaches and educators, we are always looking for meaningful opportunities to expose our student-athletes to the true meaning of service. We will once again use this weekend as on opportunity for not only great competition on the field, but a chance to inspire our student-athletes to use their many talents to make their communities a better place."
This year's tournament supports the efforts of the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to cure childhood cancer by directing proceeds to both national-level research efforts and local pediatric cancer hospitals for patient care. Learn more about this Raleigh-based organization at www.vs-cancer.org.
“On behalf of the Vs. Cancer Foundation, we are humbled and thrilled to be partnering with Durham Academy and the King of the Spring Face-Off Classic, as we have a real and tangible opportunity to help change outcomes for children battling cancer right here in North Carolina," said Chase Jones, founder and CEO of the Vs. Cancer Foundation. "As a cancer survivor, personally, I have been on the receiving end of these funds that are raised, and we are ecstatic to now help the next child beat cancer, right here in the Triangle."
Lantzy is grateful to have the Vs. Cancer Foundation as a King of the Spring partner.
"Chase and the Vs. Cancer Foundation are doing wonderful things, not only in the Triangle but across the country, helping so many kids and families," he said. "The first time I met Chase, it took about a second to see the amount to passion he has for this cause. Chase is an athlete and a cancer survivor — he understands the impact that team sports has on young adults and their communities. The Vs. Cancer Foundation allows young student-athletes to use their love of sports to support such an important cause, and we are thrilled to have them as a partner for this year’s event.”
In addition to the 30 high school boys and girls teams that will compete, the event will spotlight the Duke v. Louisville women's game, set for Saturday, March 12.
In all, the 30 teams participating in the King of the Spring tournament will compete in 28 games on fields around the Triangle over the course of four days. Joining hosts DA and Cardinal Gibbons in sponsoring the event are Brine Lacrosse, Triangle Orthopedic Associates, Fusion Lacrosse and Lacrosse.com.
Charlottelax from Charlotte wrote on March 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm:
Big game today between Lake Norman and Country Day. Interested to see the match ups of LN's Tucker Doherty (Bellarmine) and CD's Peter Pittroff (Denison) along with LN's Matt Elder (Hofstra) and CD's John Donahue (Colgate). All top players in the state at their respective positions.
pme from Raleigh wrote on March 8, 2016 at 11:15 am:
No Mention up here of Ravenscroft beating Charlotte Latin for the first time ever....
wrote on March 8, 2016 at 5:49 am:
Whatever happened to Jimmy the Geek??? No body was better at giving the inside scoop on Charlotte HS LAX then him..
wrote on March 8, 2016 at 3:59 am:
Overlooked, but I can see Cedar Ridge making it deep in the tournament. They made it to the Semi-finals last year and are looking at an Eastern side that does not contain Cardinal Gibbons anymore. Would put money on seeing them contend. Seems they have replaced old talent well and are on the right track.
wrote on March 7, 2016 at 4:18 pm:
LN vs. CG was a great game. It was tied 5-5 at the half and a two goal game heading into the final period.

I was very impressed with the play on both sides of the field. This is a great cross state rivalry which I hope continues. The girl's programs have a budding rivalry too.

Now that Mr.Lax has stepped up in the east, will anyone of the west fan's be doing the same?
Spread wrote on March 7, 2016 at 3:29 am:
RE Mr. Lax:

Almost nailed all of them last week but some did not cover the spread. Here they are for this week:

Tuesday:
Holly Springs over Athens (HS by 4)
Chapel Hill over Jordan (CH by 2)
Green Hope over East Chapel Hill (GH by 10)
Wakefield over Enloe (WF by 6)

Thursday:
Leesville over Chapel Hill (LR by 11)

Friday:
Hoggard over Ashley (Hog by 8)
Crush lax wrote on March 6, 2016 at 11:58 pm:
The Gibbons vs Lake Norman game was tied at half and remained close the rest of the game. With a stout defense and a top, if not the top, goalie in the state LKN can make a strong run this year
MrLax wrote on March 6, 2016 at 11:33 pm:
Hello, I'm back. Great to have lax back and in full swing!! As promised.
Here are my rankings from week 1

1. Cardinal Gibbons
2. Middle Creek
3. Apex
4. Green Hope
5. Broughton
6. Leesville
7. Hoggard
8. East Chapel Hill
9. Athens Drive
10. Holly Springs


Here are my new week 2 rankings.

1. Gibbons - two solid wins, remains atop
2. Apex- moves up one spot after beating HS by 8 goals.
3-Middle Creek - beat Holly Springs and Millbrook both. However Apex's margin of victory was larger. MC is a great team with a fantastic offense! Not trying to disrespect them in the least bit!
4. Green Hope- GH had a great week, dismantling the once great Chapel Hill Tigers.
5. Broughton- Huge win at Leesville Road. I've heard Leesville is missing some key guys, however from what I heard Broughton dominated this game. After one week they seem to be the easy favorite in conference 4.
6. Hoggard- yet to play a game.
7. Athens Drive- quality win over a team from texas.
8. Holly Springs- An 0-2 team at number 8? Really? Yes. Keep your head up HS, you played two great teams and almost beat one of them!
9. East Chapel Hill- dropped one spot despite going 2-0.
10. Leesville- went 1-2 this week facing some very good competition. Same thing as HS.


Games that have my attention and predictions

Tuesday:
Holly Springs over Athens
Chapel Hill over Jordan
Green Hope over East Chapel Hill
Wakefield over Enloe

Thursday:
Leesville over Chapel Hill

Friday:
Hoggard over Ashley


What're some thoughts people?!
Hope everybody has a safe and injury free week!
Hilltopper Lacrosse from Durham wrote on March 6, 2016 at 7:48 pm:
The Carolina Hilltopper Summer Youth Tryouts will be held on Sunday, April 3rd at N.C. Central University. To learn more about the summer travel schedule and our program, please go to http://www.hilltopperlax.com. Please register for the tryout. Good luck to our younger players as the middle school season begins.
Phil wrote on March 6, 2016 at 3:46 pm:
Cardinal gibbons beat Lake Norman 9-5 but the score doesn't suggest how close that game really was. Lake Norman gave Cardinal gibbons a run for their money
wrote on March 5, 2016 at 5:58 pm:
Catholic beats Country Day in dominant fashion. The score didn't show that, but Catholic got out to a quick lead and never even tied for the rest of the game. Great game to watch and solid, physical play by both teams.
Lax Goddess wrote on March 5, 2016 at 6:21 am:
Marvin losing to hough
Weddington handles hough
Conference 12 outlook who yall got ?
from CLT wrote on March 5, 2016 at 4:30 am:
Did Marvin really lose to Hough? There must be some sort of circumstance that led to that outcome. What gives?
wrote on March 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm:
Let's not forget that Apex and Middle Creek are at the top until proven otherwise. They have been the conference for the past 3 years. When GH goes to Apex their true colors will show...
Re: Providence Day Vs. Catholic wrote on March 4, 2016 at 6:37 pm:
Catholic was without Zack Strassner (Delaware commit) who is one of the best defenders in the state. Providence Day is also a very strong offensive team, and put a lot of goals up late in the game.
NCLaxFan wrote on March 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm:
Agree on the GH observation. Think there is 3 tiers in Conf 3. High-Med-Low... Low and Medium starting to blur but the High water mark is 3 teams: GH, MC and Apex. Any given day I think they can take one another out and nobody would be stunned.
NCLaxFan wrote on March 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm:
Off topic from from the 'TOP' teams but how about a couple Triangle programs starting to take a peak out of their respective cellars. Heritage getting stronger and looking to compete in Conf.4, Pinecrest winning at Cary and Fuquay taking the lead into the 2nd half vs Panther Creek in Conf.3 1 or 2 games is not a trend but good to see improvement in the overall game and competition.
wrote on March 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm:
Regarding Green Hope -balanced patient offense. Against Chapel Hill they possessed the ball probably 75% of the game. Don't know if Chapel Hill was really much of a test for them, but I think Green Hope has to be mentioned up there with Apex and Middle Creek this year. Their game next week against East Chapel Hill might be a better barometer of how good they really are.
wrote on March 4, 2016 at 4:07 pm:
was surprised to see Providence Day out up 9 or so goals against Catholic. Did I see this right? was this late in the game?
wrote on March 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm:
Party who posted GH/Chapel Hill score, please tell us more about GH. Usually Apex and MC get all the publicity/coverage out of the SWAC.
wrote on March 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm:
GH 14-2 win over Chapel Hill yesterday showed a powerful Green Hope team. After watching them play I would say they are the best in the SWAC hands down. Shouldn't have a problem beating apex or middle creek
Catholic VS. CCDS wrote on March 4, 2016 at 1:47 pm:
Great game tonight in Charlotte between the two great teams. Expect it to be a great game. Starts at 7:30 at catholic
wrote on March 4, 2016 at 1:38 am:
Keep an eye on Weddington, they put up 17 on Hough and had scorers all over the field. Led by Hunter Fasanaro(Quinnipiac) with 7 points. The warrior team seemed to be in mid-season stride.
wrote on March 4, 2016 at 1:29 am:
Friday's game will showcase the 2 best teams in Charlotte. It will also showcase the 2 best defenses in the state.
Catholic: Lead by Seniors Zach Strassner and Michael O'Brien, this unit is flat-out bigger, faster, stronger than any defense most opposing teams have seen. With these 2 studs they are complemented by 2 elite juniors Noah Strassner (LSM) and Matt Beltrondo. They can clear the ball better than anyone else. And to really top off this elite defense an All-American between the pipes with Grant Portwood. It will be hard for most offenses to control the game with this tenacious, aggressive defense. I give the edge to Catholic's defense in this battle (not by much though), mainly because of the shear athleticism and offensive skill level of these boys. (Michael O'Brien has already scored this season.)

CCDS: Just like Catholic the Bucs are lead by stud John Donahue. He's the biggest kid on the field and uses his size to abuse attackmen. This big boy is followed by Oscar Cranz, a fast, physical defenseman that usually doesn't get beat 1 on 1. As good as Portwood is for the Cougars, Charles Roselle in the cage can match his skill level.

This game will be won or lost on the defensive side of the ball and these young men put their teams in very good shape to come out with the win.
wrote on March 3, 2016 at 1:32 pm:
Kudos to N&O, to date they have written game summaries and photographed at least three local boys games. They did a detailed write up on the SWAC and a write up on the area in general. They also covered the girl's side. Thank You!!

Hey WRAL/High School OT where are you? Lacrosse season has started
cap lax wrote on March 2, 2016 at 6:38 pm:
Broughton Over Leesville 12-8 is a big game, any word on that one? Surprised no chatter...
wrote on March 2, 2016 at 6:35 pm:
In Charlotte, Catholic over Providence Day. Country Day over Davidson Day.
wrote on March 2, 2016 at 3:37 am:
DA doesn't get enough credit. I'm expecting them to play a close one with CGHS on friday.
Wake County Observer wrote on March 2, 2016 at 3:17 am:
Watched Athens Drive vs Ravenscroft game this evening. Do not sleep on AD this year! Very good showing, good offense, well coached...will win some big games this spring. 16-9 Ravens Final. Good game!
wrote on March 2, 2016 at 1:27 am:
Heritage beats rolesville 13-2, a lot of young guys scoring for heritage
wrote on March 1, 2016 at 4:48 pm:
Weddington wins 3A state Championship this year to chapel hill 12-9
Late Edition from Raleigh wrote on March 1, 2016 at 1:23 pm:
Athens Drive travels to Ravenscroft today to open the season
wrote on February 29, 2016 at 5:06 pm:
From what I saw this weekend in CLT, Catholic will have no problem running the table in the West. I understand that it is just pre-season, but LKN was playing their starters in the first half against Catholic and they were getting run off the field by them. This will be very easy for Catholic this year to make it back to the championship if no major injuries occur, like last season.
wrote on February 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm:
RE: Mr. Lax….I agree with all of these. Adding the spread…
Tuesday:
Apex beats Holly Springs (Apex +10)
Broughton beats Leesville (Broughton +2)
Wednesday:
Middle Creek beats Millbrook (MC +12)

Thursday:
Green Hope beats CH. (GH +7)
Leesville beats Northwest Guilford (LR +3)
Enloe beats Jordan

Friday:
Middle Creek beats Holly Springs. (MC +6)

Saturday:
Cardinal Gibbons beats Lake Norman. (CG +5)
wrote on February 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm:
RE: Viking Games..
I agree... watching GH play throughout the day it looks like a totally different team. They seem very disciplined and organized. They did struggle against Northwest but seemed to rebound quickly. As expected they seemed to rotate a bunch of guys and the level of play did not go down. This combo coaching staff between Larkin and Kaznowski seems like it has changed the way this team plays... Only real games will tell but a disciplined GH team could be scary.
Mr. Lax wrote on February 29, 2016 at 3:07 pm:
Last week I posted my preseason poll. Here is my official, week 1 poll. I have decided for this season to only do Top 10, 4A East poll. Mainly because I don't see the 1/2/3 A East being very interesting as I expect Chapel Hill High School to meet up with Marvin Ridge in the state championship come May. Again, everything I will be doing this year is totally based on my personal opinion and is not meant to upset anybody.

1. Cardinal Gibbons
2. Middle Creek
3. Apex
4. Green Hope
5. Broughton
6. Leesville
7. Hoggard
8. East Chapel Hill
9. Athens Drive
10. Holly Springs


Games that have my attention and predictions
Monday: None
Tuesday:
Apex beats Holly Springs
Broughton beats Leesville
Wednesday:
Middle Creek beats Millbrook

Thursday:
Green Hope beats CH.
Leesville beats Northwest Guilford
Enloe beats Jordan

Friday:
Middle Creek beats Holly Springs.

Saturday:
Cardinal Gibbons beats Lake Norman.
wrote on February 29, 2016 at 2:43 pm:
Watched the Viking Games this weekend at NW Guilford and was very impressed with Green Hope High School. The first game I watched they blew Chapel
Hill out of the water. They have depth at midfield and defense . Being able to rotate 4 strong attack men also helps too. Should be interesting to watch them play Apex and MC. Green Hope will definitely be able to give them a run for their money.
Catholic VS. CCDS wrote on February 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm:
Completely agree this is really the game of the year in Charlotte between two powerhouse teams. Both teams are deep and have multiple commits. Should be a great one to watch under the lights at Catholic
wrote on February 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm:
Game of the week is definitely Catholic vs. Charlotte Country Day. They're the 2 best teams in Charlotte and arguably in the state. From what I've seen on here, these 2 teams seem to be the favorite for their respective state championships. If you live in Charlotte and enjoy watching good lacrosse, game is on Friday @ Catholic 7:00.
wrote on February 29, 2016 at 12:45 pm:
If I understand this, the SWAC schools are required to play 13 in conference games. This allows them to book 4 out of conference.

The athletic directors however have decided in some cases to book their out of conference games against other SWAC teams? Way to grow the game.
SWAC wrote on February 29, 2016 at 2:40 am:
The Apex v. HSHS game this week is actually an "out of conference" game between two conference teams. It won't count for conference standings.

The conference is setup with two divisions, with teams playing their division twice and the opposite division once.

Breakup of divisions:
1 - Apex, GH, PC, Pinecrest, FVHS
2 - AD, MC, HSHS, Cary, Friendship

Overall winning % determines final conference standings. So if teams happen to play twice that are in different divisions one of the games will be the one that counts for a conference game and one won't if teams decided to get a second game with a team in the other division.
wrote on February 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm:
Local Conference & Non-Conference games to watch this week. Looks like there are a ton of good non conference games to watch and a battle at the top of Conf. 4 – lets hope for good weather.

Conference:
- Leesville vs. Broughton 03/01
-Holly Springs vs. Apex 3/1 & Middle Creek 3/4.
- Wakefield @ Heritage 3/04

Non-Conference:
-Middle Creek vs. Millbrook 3/2
-Green Hope @ Chapel Hill 03/03
-Enloe vs. Durham Jordan 03/03
-Leesville @ NorthWest Guilford 03/03
-Cardinal Gibbons vs. Durham Academy 03/04
- Athens vs. Plano East (TX) 3/5
-Cardinal Gibbons @ Lake Norman 03/05
Local Conference & Non-Conference games to watch this week. Looks like there are a ton of good non conference games to watch and a battle at the top of Conf. 4 – lets hope for good weather.

Conference:
- Leesville vs. Broughton 03/01
-Holly Springs vs. Apex 3/1 & Middle Creek 3/4.
- Wakefield @ Heritage 3/04

Non-Conference:
-Middle Creek vs. Millbrook 3/2
-Green Hope @ Chapel Hill 03/03
-Enloe vs. Durham Jordan 03/03
-Leesville @ NorthWest Guilford 03/03
-Cardinal Gibbons vs. Durham Academy 03/04
- Athens vs. Plano East (TX) 3/5
-Cardinal Gibbons @ Lake Norman 03/05
lulz wrote on February 28, 2016 at 10:57 pm:
"Newsobserver ran a piece providing a SWAC preview. Looking forward to Cap8 and Pac6 articles"


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA - riiiiiiiiiiiiight. No news coverage outside of Wake unless programs provide it themselves.
wrote on February 28, 2016 at 9:56 pm:
There wer lots of scrimmages in the Triangle too

Some involving top Conf 3 and Conf 4 teams

How did teams look?
wrote on February 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm:
Nice mention of some Charlotte area girls and boys players to watch in todays on-line version of the Charlotte Observer. The on-line version goes more in depth than the print.
wrote on February 28, 2016 at 8:32 pm:
Tough to tell who looked good in yesterday's Charlotte Play-day. Teams like Catholic and Lake Norman and Myers Park were playing everyone. Starters, in some cases, got much less time than other players. I wouldn't read anything into wins or losses.
from Charlotte wrote on February 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm:
Who looked good yesterday?
wrote on February 27, 2016 at 12:04 pm:
Newsobserver ran a piece providing a SWAC preview. Looking forward to Cap8 and Pac6 articles
WNC from charlotte wrote on February 26, 2016 at 5:23 pm:
In the west I think you have these teams on top: Catholic, Lake Norman, Myers Park, Marvin Ridge. Ardrey Kell could surprise this year, and don't sleep on Providence.
Weddington is on the rise, but not there yet. Let the season begin!
wrote on February 26, 2016 at 5:10 pm:
It is the Hill Academy's team 2. I believe it is their Freshman, Sophomore and Juniors only.
wrote on February 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm:
Does anyone know if its the Hill Acadmey team 1 or team 2?
wrote on February 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm:
On March 11th and 12th there are concerts at PNC arena scheduled to start at 7pm - If you are looking attend the evening games at Gibbons, I recommend giving yourself extra time to commute
Coach Lantzy from Durham, NC wrote on February 26, 2016 at 3:16 am:
Thursday March 10, 2016 Match-ups Time Location
Norfolk Academy (VA) v. Hill Academy 7:30pm Duke University Turf

Friday March 11, 2016 Match-ups
Boy's Games Time Location
Hill Academy (CN) v. Chatlotte Catholic (NC) 4:15pm Cardinal Gibbons
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. Episcopal (VA) 6:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Calvert Hall (MD) v. Lake Norman (NC) 8:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Pope HS (GA) v. East Chapel Hill (NC) 7:30pm UNC Ehringhaus Field
Cape Henry Collegiate (VA) v. Roxboro Community School (NC) 5:30pm UNC Ehringhaus Field
Norfolk Academy (VA) v. Wando HS (SC) 7:30pm UNC Navy Field
STAB (VA) v. Malvern Prep (PA) 4:15pm Durham County Stadium
Providence Day (NC) v. Ravenscroft (NC) 6:00pm Durham County Stadium
Durham Academy (NC) v. Charlotte Latin (NC) 7:45pm Durham County Stadium

Girl's Games
Norfolk Academy (VA) vs Durham Academy (NC) 6:45pm Duke University
Wakefield (NC) vs Pope (GA) 8:30pm Duke University
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) vs St. Anne's Belfield (VA) 8:30pm Duke University

Saturday March 12, 2016 Match-ups Time Location
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) v. Malvern Prep (PA) 2:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Charlotte Catholic (NC) v. Lake Norman (NC) 4:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Pope HS (GA) v. Apex HS (NC) 12:00pm Cardinal Gibbons
Charlotte Country Day School (NC) v. Norfolk Academy (VA) 10:00am Cardinal Gibbons
Charlotte Latin (NC) v. Wando (SC) 10:00am Durham County Stadium
Providence Day School (NC) v. Cape Henry Collegiate (VA) 12:00am Durham County Stadium
Durham Academy (NC) v. Episcipal (VA) 2:00pm Durham County Stadium
RJ Reynolds HS (NC) v. STAB (VA) 4:00pm Durham County Stadium
Calvert Hall (MD) v. Ravenscroft (NC) 4:00pm UNC Navy Field
Northwest Guilford HS (NC) v. Marvin Ridge (NC) 6:00pm UNC Navy Field

Girls Games
Durham Academy (NC) vs St. Anne's Belfield (VA) 10:30am Duke University Turf
Cardinal Gibbons (NC) vs Pope (GA) 10:30am Duke University Turf
Wakefield (NC) vs Norfolk Academy (VA) 3:00pm Duke University Turf

Women's College Game
Duke v. Lousiville 1:00pm Koskinen Stadium

Sunday March 13 2016 Match-ups
Boy's Games
St. John's (TX) v. Calvert Hall College (MD) 12:00pm Durham County Stadium
STAB (VA) v. Paul VI (VA) 2:00pm Durham County Stadium
??? wrote on February 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm:
Play begins next week. The playing field will determine winner/championships! Good Luck to all programs!
wrote on February 25, 2016 at 2:32 pm:
4A East

Until proven otherwise

1. Apex
2. Gibbons
3. Middle Creek
4. Leesville
5. Green Hope
6. Hoggard
7. Broughton
8. East Chapel Hill
9. Athens Drive
10. Holly Springs
11. Wakefield
12. Millbrook
13. Laney
14. Jordan
15. Ashley
16. Enloe
17. Panther Creek
18. Riverside
19. Heritage
20. Hanover
Thomas from Mooresville wrote on February 25, 2016 at 2:12 pm:
Lake Norman is the most underrated team right now. This could be a big year for them
Re: east region wrote on February 25, 2016 at 2:25 am:
I agree with the teams you selected as the top 7, but don't count out a team like hoggard purely because of playoff history. Look at MC: they had a history of losing in the first 2 rounds before making it to the region final last year. Sometimes it takes a few years of experience before a team can make that jump
Joe wrote on February 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm:
Don't sleep on Lake Norman this year
wrote on February 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm:
RE East Region:

Leesville will make it to the exact same point that they did last year. Only because of Holmes (G) and Sampre (fogo). It is easy to win games when you play make it take it. They will struggle to fin offense against the better teams and coaches in the playoffs... Broughton, MC, Apex, CG

Top 6 teams to watch....Any matchup between these teams is going to be one to watch. Any teams out of the top 6 are irrelevant come playoff time. In no order: Apex, MC, Broughton, Cardinal Gibbons, Leesville, Green Hope.

Hope that the seeding workout where we can see 4/6 reach the east final four.

Not forgetting Hoggard at 7 but their playoff history makes them irrelevant
from Charlotte wrote on February 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm:
Let the season begin before you start anointing teams as the team to beat.
Anon from Raleigh wrote on February 24, 2016 at 3:42 am:
Broughton is in great position this year with a new coach my prediction is they run the table this year in the cap 8. If you look at the team they have in my opinion two of the best offense threats in North Carolina. With a new coach it's a new story so keep our eyes open and watch them handle leesville March 1st
wrote on February 23, 2016 at 5:53 pm:
This years Weddington team has enormous potential. Coached by one of the best coaches in the state, they continue to grow and build strength with their addition of the freshmen class. They lost only 4 seniors which means their is only room to grow. Marvin Ridge has lost several key players, so they will need to give it all to keep up with the Warriors.
wrote on February 23, 2016 at 5:19 pm:
One week away from first games. Does anyone know if the local news will offer pre-season coverage? highschoolot or newsobserver? I am really disappointed by the coverage for this fast growing sport. Last year highschoolot promised improved coverage which never materialized
Anon from Raleigh wrote on February 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm:
Thoughts on apex vs middle creek seeing that they only play each other once this year?
wrote on February 22, 2016 at 7:17 pm:
Who do you guys think will top the 3A state championship this year with CG out of the picture?
wrote on February 22, 2016 at 5:27 pm:
I agree

With CG now in 4A, CH will be the top team in 3A East
wrote on February 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm:
Fall ball is Fall ball

And there aren't any school club teams -- and certainly not any school coaches coaching ...right 😉

And yes, "all the starters" are rarely there, on all teams

This fall was no different.
Mr.Lax wrote on February 22, 2016 at 4:41 pm:
To WCLax,
Thank you for the response. I look forward to the responses this spring!! Glad to see people talking about the East region again!! I was not aware about Leesville having so many people return, I will certainly take that into consideration down the road. I know that their coach has been very successful everywhere he goes. I would not however sleep on CH lax, as I am predicting right now the Chapel Hill Tigers to represent the eastern part of the state in the 3A state championship!
laxfanatic wrote on February 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm:
Lake Norman should be a great team this year. great team chemistry led by d1 bound (although academics not lacrosse) Fischer Schiemer and the other Bruggernites. watch for the wildcats to continue to be a powerhouse in the west
wrote on February 22, 2016 at 2:32 pm:
conference 3 tiers:

Tier 1: Apex, MC : this will be a toss up but I expect a good game from both teams

Tier 2: Green Hope : Great team just dont think they havge what it takes to run with a mc or apex

Tier 3: HSHS and Athens : couple of good players but not enough to be the best

Tier 4: Friendship, Cary, Fuquay, Pinecrest : working progress
wrote on February 22, 2016 at 4:57 am:
Ok chill out about Leesville. Their face off man is good, but he's not the absolute best. There is one very good from Greensboro Day, Marvin Ridge and (I hate to say this) but Catholic. If I'm not mistaken, in Fall ball Catholic won the majority of the face-offs against Leesville. I don't know if Sampere was there, but their face-off man seemed ineffective. Again I don't know of all of their players were there, but Catholic ran through Leesville in Fall ball with the majority of their starters not playing. You have to look at the facts before you make these matter-of-fact statements.
WCLax from Raleigh wrote on February 21, 2016 at 9:47 pm:
Mr. Lax...I think you need to take a hard second look at that list. You mentioned Green Hope lost in the first round last year, to who? Leesville...16-10. And who won the Cap-8 last year? Leesville... And who is returning every single starter and key player except 1? Leesville... And who has the absolute most dominant face-off man in NC in Davis Sampere (committed to Salisbury)? Leesville... There's no doubt Apex, CG, and MC will be up there but Leesville should be right up there in the top four this year. They only lost 2x last year, at Broughton and at MC in playoffs. No way they are 7th on that list. And as far as the Chapel Hill squads go, the heyday of CH lacrosse is over. Now that Lacrosse has firmly taken root (meaning other schools being good besides just the traditional powerhouses and youth programs galore) in Wake County, it has too large of a talent pool for CH to compete. Not to mention after Carrboro HS was built CH took a huge hit to its talent pool. Key word in your assessment of ECH and CH...FORMER...I'd be willing to bet good money if CH or ECH were in any Wake County conference this year they wouldn't escape over .500.
Mr.Lax wrote on February 21, 2016 at 5:31 am:
I’ve realized that there is a lack of a triangle lacrosse discussion on this forum, because of that. I’ve decided to step up to the plate. I am going to post, week predictions on the biggest games in the state, and my own personal polls, which will only feature teams on the Eastern part of the state. I am going to start off right here with my first week of the season poll.

1. Cardinal Gibbons- rating them the highest because of the talent that they have, championship experience back to back, along with the fact that they have been able to practice all week on their turf field.
2. Apex- returned a key group of guys from last year’s title team. Always a top team.
3. Middle Creek- Very explosive offense. Will be interesting to see how they perform after an unusually good 2015 campaign. New coach this year.
4. Green Hope: Lost in the first round last year, after a very good 2014 season. Returns a lot of offensive firepower.
5. Hoggard: Multiple talented offensives threats. Should win a lot of games down on the coast.
6. Broughton: was bounced early from the playoffs last year, returns a lot of offensive talent. New coach this year.
7. Leesville: had a very good year last season with a new coach. will be interesting to see how they perform this season.
8. Athens Drive: should be a very solid team.
9. East Chapel Hill- former top team, have never has been the same since going to the state championship. Still a top program in the region.
10. Chapel Hill- pretty much the same thing as above.
wrote on February 19, 2016 at 2:42 am:
The CG - CC game at the Champions Challenge has been getting a lot of talk on the forum. Is that the main event of the Champions Challenge this year? What is the public vs. private champion matchup? That has been the headline event in the past.
State Championship predictions wrote on February 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm:
4A- Charlotte Catholic Vs. Middle Creek
This will be a hard fought game between two great programs. MC will have to defeat a good Apex team in the semis, this game is really a toss up. Catholic will have to defeat some solid programs to reach States. Both teams will have some close calls on way, but I think these are the most complete preseason teams in the State.
Bridget wrote on February 17, 2016 at 2:32 pm:
AD from Jordan (Durham) asked me to reach out to anyone interested in assistant coaching their men or women's program? help grow the game?
wrote on February 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm:
What are everyones predictions for state championships this coming year?
Mike Ricucci from Durham wrote on February 17, 2016 at 1:20 pm:
CE Jordan HS in Durham has an immediate need for a JV Head Coach. We have approx 30 boys on our team. Our season started on the 16th (yesterday) and we just lost our coach.

Requirements would include passing the 4 NFHS classes (very easy) and submitting to a background check.

Please email Mike Ricucci @ michael.ricucci@dpsnc.net for more info.
wrote on February 16, 2016 at 6:31 pm:
I am totally missing why its just a Catholic and CG year ahead. Clearly 2 talented programs and programs worthy of discussion but didn't Apex beat CC for last years 4A state title and isn't it also true that CG has never won a 4A title because they were beaten by Apex in the East Final 3 years ago. Apex has their entire D, including both goalies, an all-state attackman, an excellent face off guy, plus adding 2 freshman studs, one of whom is committed to Penn State. Yup, something's missing in that conversation.
wrote on February 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm:
Good to see the season start back up again. I know the boys are very excited about the upcoming season. Any early games that people need to see?
wrote on February 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm:
We miss Jimmy the Geek - Who is going to step up this year? Looks like the weather may cooperate for the start of practice!
wrote on February 16, 2016 at 3:29 pm:
What are everyones predictions for state championships?
wrote on February 15, 2016 at 7:17 pm:
Conference 3 expectations?
wrote on February 14, 2016 at 8:42 pm:
Mid season match up of the year in the Champion Challenge.. Charlotte Catholic Vs Cardinal Gibbons should be a great one to watch.
wrote on February 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm:
Great to see ESPN's coverage of Hampton lacrosse. Positive media coverage, diversity, and a spirit of inclusion is so important for The growth of the game.
Triad Elite Lacrosse from Greensboro wrote on February 14, 2016 at 1:11 am:
Triad Elite Lacrosse is looking for players in the following classes to compete with their respective High School travel teams this summer.

Available positions:

Two Defensemen - Class of 2017
Three Midfielders - Class of 2017

Two Defensemen - Class of 2018
One FaceOff Specialist - Class of 2018

One FaceOff Specialist - Class of 2019

Two Attackmen - Class of 2020
Three Midfielders - Class of 2020
Two Defensemen - Class of 2020

Evaluation will be held at Greensboro Day school on March 12 from 1pm - 5:30pm.

Scheduled events can be found at www.triadelitelax.com/summer-2016.
All commuter players are required to attend the mandatory training camp at Belmont Abbey College June 13 -16.

Please contact info@triadelitelax.com if you have additional questions or register at www.triadelitelax.com

Thank you!
TS from Durham wrote on February 12, 2016 at 9:30 pm:
As of Wednesday, Riverside HS is still looking for a Varsity Girls Coach. If you know anyone who may be interested, please reach out to the Riverside AD, Margratha Chambers at Margratha.Chambers@dpsnc.net
Coach Allison from Kernersville wrote on February 12, 2016 at 6:28 pm:
East Forsyth is teaming with the Vs. Cancer Foundation. We are hoping to add more teams to join along side us next year. This is the link to support our cause. Good luck to everyone this year!!

https://team.vs-cancer.org/fundraise/team?ftid=66244
Neal Camak from Raleigh wrote on February 12, 2016 at 4:19 pm:
GIRLS Carolina Flight Select Travel program is holding open tryouts February 20th in Raleigh. See more details at www.carolinaflightlax.com
Law from Raleigh wrote on February 12, 2016 at 2:29 pm:
Do any high schools in the triangle area still need a scrimmage? If so, contact Coach Davis of Sanderson lawdavis13@gmail.com
wrote on February 12, 2016 at 3:34 am:
This year, the West is really Catholic's to lose. The only team in the public division that could maybe run with them is Gibbons. As for the rest, you could see Reynolds or Lake Norman maybe having a shocking upset to the Cougars in the playoffs or regular season. As for 3A its a toss-up. Both Marvin Ridge and Weddington will be good teams. They will most likely have close games between them, but the Mavericks will most likely succeed. As far as "rankings" go:

1. Catholic (by a landslide)
2. RJ Reynolds
3. Lake Norman
(drops off)
4. Myers Park
5. Marvin Ridge
David wrote on February 11, 2016 at 3:12 pm:
East Predictions

C1:
1. Hoggard
2. Laney
3. Ashley
4. New Hanover
5. Topsail
6. West Brunswick
7. South Brunswick

C3:
1. Middle Creek
2. Apex
3. Holly Springs
4. Green Hope
5. Athens
6. Panther Creek
7. Cary
8. Fuquay Varina
9. Pinecrest
10. Apex Friendship

C4:

1. Leesville Road
2. Broughton
3. Millbrook
4. Enloe
5. Wakefield
6. Heritage
7. Sanderson
8. Garner

C5

1. Cardinal Gibbons
2. East Chapel Hill
3. Jordan
4. Riverside
5. Northern Durham
wrote on February 11, 2016 at 12:11 am:
Really only interested in the east in triangle lacrosse...Marvin Ridge an CC. Middle creek and Apex cardinal gibbons in the east
wrote on February 10, 2016 at 8:22 pm:
Is any 17 or 18 s going to the Brine tryout this weekend? it seems to be losing its flavor in NC.
Skeptical Parent from Raleigh wrote on February 10, 2016 at 7:20 pm:
We just got another invitation to the Brine Carolina tryouts, even though we have unsubscribed several times. The email has several college symbols in it and says, "be seen at the Carolina tryout." For those of you who do not know better, your child will not be seen. This is not a recruiting tryout. The person evaluating does not even coach at the college level. If you want to drive to Charlotte to try out, do it for the experience, but don't expect to be seen by anyone important. This is a just for fun event.
Prognosticators? wrote on February 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm:
where are all the predictions? I would like to see where the west stacks up. The east too. Some nice write ups about the SWAC schools a few weeks back but nothing else so far. Jimmy? you around?
wrote on February 9, 2016 at 4:38 pm:
A chance at a round robin scrimmage on the coast.

JOSC & OYLA to host Inaugural Quick Stick Lacrosse Invitational

The JOSC is pleased to announce a partnership with the Onslow Youth Lacrosse Association to host the Inaugural Quick Stick Invitational on Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the OCSA Complex located at 2221 Belgrade-Swansboro Rd., Maysville, NC. This partnership closely mimics the partnership the JOSC has with area high school football teams to play in the Marine Federal Credit Union Football Jamboree. The event itself will mimic the successful Battle at the Beach soccer tournaments that Doug Kidd, NSCAA Women’s Coach of the Year, of Swansboro High School and Dave Miller from Jacksonville High School put on bi-annually.

Both organizations are also pleased to have Onslow Classic Soccer Association hosting the event at their facility. “Partnerships like the one created for this event will be what advances sport in Onslow County,” states JOSC Executive Director, Ashleigh Bachert. As of January 20th, the 8 team girls bracket was complete, while there were additional spots on the boys bracket for teams to fill. Out of the 17 teams committed, only 4 are from Onslow County.

Games will be held on Saturday, February 20th starting at 8 AM at the OCSA Complex. Tickets are $5 per person and allow access to all scrimmages for the day. There will be vendors on site with merchandise, the opportunity to enter the raffle to win great lacrosse prizes from Swax Lax, BAMShaft Lacrosse, R.I.S.E. Train Ball, Battle Lax and others, a youth clinic and a fastest shot competition. Be sure to Like the Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission on Facebook to stay up to date on the event. Please contact our office if there are any questions.


http://www.jacksonvilleonslowsports.org/events#!/83002-quick-stick-invitational-lax-scrimmage
Tar Heel Lacrosse Club wrote on February 9, 2016 at 10:35 am:
Tar Heel Lacrosse Club is looking for a few players to finalize their roster for the 2017 team this summer . Spots are very limited and will be highly selective. Please email us at tarheellacrosseclub@gmail.com for more Information and the opportunity to be considered on this highly skilled and competitive team.

Thank you
wrote on February 9, 2016 at 1:00 am:
So what is everyones predictions on the West this year. Interested in seeing the various opinions.
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wrote on February 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm:
Sean G - Check out Chapel Hill lacrosse Club. They play at East Chapel Hill HS or the park across the street (not sure which right now) on Sundays. They have a Facebook page...
wrote on February 5, 2016 at 1:17 pm:
Excited for this season to start. Especially excited for the early season matchup of Catholic vs. CCDS. Gonna be a hard fought game.
Sean G. from Durham wrote on February 5, 2016 at 3:04 am:
I'mnes to the RTP area, coming from PA. Looking for a men's league/pickup in the area. Anyone have anything?
Neal Camak from Raleigh wrote on February 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm:
NCLA Girls still have openings for Spring Rec ball on 3/4 grade level, as well as HS for any girls that have no HS team to play for this year. Easy registration on our website at www.nclaxacademy.com
Matt Peterson from Raleigh wrote on February 3, 2016 at 2:44 am:
N. Raleigh Vipers (youth lacrosse) is looking for an additional boys youth coach. Lacrosse playing experience and some experience with coaching/mentoring kids (camp counselor, youth sports coach, youth/church group) preferred. Practices are at Blue Jay Point, in N. Raleigh, up off of Six Forks Road.
wrote on February 1, 2016 at 11:26 pm:
Heard the annual Referee- Coach's mtg was this weekend

What's new this year?
Cameron Ferguson from Wake Forest wrote on February 1, 2016 at 10:44 pm:
To any coaches, AD's, or parents who might pass along this message:

Heritage High School's JV team currently only has 9 games for the season, and we would love to schedule more. Please contact head coach Cameron Ferguson at cferguson2@wcpss.net if interested in adding a game with us. We would love to add a home/away set if anyone is interested in adding two games. Thanks!
CF Heritage wrote on February 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm:
The Heritage goalie had more than a few good games last season. Very few players on that team last season had varsity experience which made it pretty difficult to defend the goal. He did a tremendous job.
As opposed to the prior seasons Heritage will finally have depth at each position and field a team with players who have varsity experience. It would be surprising if they don't finish in the top four.
Leesville
Broughton
Wakefield/Heritage
Millbrook
Coach Rebosa wrote on February 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm:
CHERISH (from 1/31/16)...I am assuming your 8yo daughter is in 1st or 2nd grade. If that is the case, our rec program in Durham (Lady Panthers) does have openings. Visit www.fusionlacrosse.com for information and and registration. Space is limited and filling up fast.
MCHS Lax from Apex wrote on February 1, 2016 at 3:40 pm:
Middle Creek is looking for an additional scrimmage or opportunity to join in with another existing scrimmage. Could host or travel. Please email CoachHolota@gmail.com if anyone is in need of a scrimmage the first two weeks of the season or is looking to add another team to an existing scrimmage.
Cherisa from Durham wrote on January 31, 2016 at 8:39 pm:
Hi, I live in Durham and my daughter (8) is interested in playing Lacrosse. The only team (that I could find in Durham) is full and the others are all too far away (in Raleigh, etc.). I was wondering if you all could recommend any organizations or teams in Durham. She really wants to play and I'm hoping I can make that happen for. Thanks for your feedback.
wrote on January 29, 2016 at 7:05 pm:
If Heritage has the same starting goalie as 2015, then yes, he had some good games last year to build upon

Heritage has a new Head Coach

He was the JV Coach at Leesville last year, and Leesville's JV team has always been strong

It will be interesting to see if Heritage can finally break out of the "bottom third" in Conf 4

With 10 teams in Conf 4 this season, I think they will finish 5th or 6th
Chad Smith from Matthews wrote on January 29, 2016 at 3:21 pm:
Butler High School is looking for a Varsity Assistant coach. For information please contact Chad Smith.
jamesc.smith@cms.k12.nc.us
704-501-6113
Steve Philipp from Wilmington wrote on January 28, 2016 at 1:39 pm:
Shamrocks Tryouts this weekend in Wilmington North Carolina at The Cape Fear Academy Sports Complex Turf Field January 30-31. Come out and spend 2 days of 2 hours sessions with the best lacrosse players in the area.
This is the link for the tryout schedule and to register. You will also find the summer tournament schedule here. http://capefearlacrosse.org/Page.asp?n=66918&org=capefearlacrosse.org
Director Cape Fear Shamrocks
shamrocks@capefearlacrosse.org
Anon from Raleigh wrote on January 27, 2016 at 5:11 pm:
What are thoughts about Heritage? From what I hear, very young team with very good young talent. They also have a very good goalie from what I hear. Thoughts?
Northwood Lacrosse from Pittsboro, NC wrote on January 26, 2016 at 3:43 pm:
Weekend Warrior Tournament Feb. 6th and 7th is taking the last set of teams this week. Great chance to get your club guys and non club guys together before official practice begins. Coaches will get to see how conditioned, cohesive, and prepared your team is before Feb. 15th.

For information email Coach McDaniel at ktmcd@chatham.k12.nc.us
Providence HS Boy's Lacrosse from Charlotte wrote on January 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm:
Providence HS Boy's Lacrosse:

We are looking to add JV and Varsity assistant coaches. For more information please contact the Varsity Coach Rob Horrigan.
Email: info@tblax.com
Phone: (717) 578-4162
wrote on January 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm: