The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) held its Lacrosse State Championships on the campus of Kennesaw State University on May 19 with several local teams bringing home a title.
The Milton girls’ team won its second-consecutive state title and 12th overall with an 11-10 win over Lassiter. Brianna Carrasquillo scored a team-high five goals in addition to having six draw controls and causing two turnovers in the victory. Syklar Carrasquillo had two goals for Milton while teammates Savannah Cosman, Kate Winsness, Sydney Ballew and Erin Degnan each had one score.
“The biggest key factor was how hard we played,” Eagles’ coach Tim Godby said. “We were often sloppy with passing, catching and shooting but we played hard and that overcame mistakes we made just enough to help us get a win.”
Milton, which was the top seed from Area 5, started the postseason with a 19-0 home win over Sequoyah in the first round. The Eagles proceeded to earn home wins over Johns Creek and Kennesaw Mountain before defeating Walton 15-5 to reach the championship game.
The Blessed Trinity girls’ team won its third-consecutive state championship with a 15-7 victory over Starr’s Mill in the Class A-AAAA title game. The Titans took a 9-2 lead into halftime and held their lead the entire contest. Blessed Trinity’s Elise Hammelrath scored a team-high four goals while teammate Kaley Attaway had a team-high five assists in addition to three goals. Abbey Sokol had three goals, Lizzy Murphy had two goals and Titans’ goalie Ansley Biggs notched 13 saves. Camryn Jones, Hammelrath, Attaway, Scott and Biggs were also named to the All-State team.
“I think the key factors in our win were winning the draw and keeping possession of the ball,” Blessed Trinity girls’ coach Liz McFarland said. “In addition, our team was patient and composed. I’m so proud of this team!”
The Titans were the top seed from Area 3 and started the postseason with a 17-2 home win over Walker in the first round. Blessed Trinity defeated McIntosh 14-6 in the second round and 10-6 at Kell in the semifinals to reach the finals.
Blessed Trinity’s boys team also reached the Class A-AAAAA championship game and faced Greater Atlanta Christian. Behind three-consecutive second-half goals, including one each from Thomas Higgins and John Solar, the Titans won the program’s first state championship with a 6-5 victory.
“We played really well as a team on ground balls,” Blessed Trinity boys’ coach Robert Parker said. “This was a very tight game so we came up with some very tough ground balls that gave us the extra possessions we needed to help us win the game. I think we were very opportunistic on offense. Their goalie was playing very well so we needed to get a couple of ‘ugly’ goals to put us over the top.”
The Titans had several players contribute to the championship effort.
“Our top performers definitely include our goalie Bric Nicholl,” Parker said. “This was his last game at BT and he played great just like he always does. Alex Poma played very well at the faceoff winning some get draws and ground balls for us. Defensively it was a team effort. We knew we had to limit their main offensive threats and I think it was a collective effort by guys like midfield group of Max Coopman, Sean Mediate, Kevin Treanor and Ryan Attaway that really stepped up and played well.”
The Titans were the second seed from Area 3 and won its first-round home game over Pace Academy 15-5. Blessed Trinity defeated Starr’s Mill 11-6 on the road in the second round and Kell 10-9 in the semifinals at home to reach the finals.
The GHSA Golf State Championships were held at various locations from May 21 through 22.
The Class A Private girls’ team competition saw King’s Ridge, Wesleyan and Mount Pisgah Christian finish sixth through eighth respectively. The Wesleyan boys’ team was 11th in its classification.
Blessed Trinity’s girls team was tenth in the Class AAAA competition while the boys’ squad was 14th.
The Class AAAAAA girls’ competition was won by Northview with a team score of plus-34, two strokes better than second-place Johns Creek. Its the Titans’ first state championship. Alpharetta was 12th. Christyn Carr of Northview won the individual event with a score of plus-eight, one stroke ahead of teammate Michelle Cao. Johns Creek golfers Amy Ng and Kate Song were tied for third at plus-11.
Johns Creek’s boys team won its team competition for the third-consecutive season with a score of plus-one which was 10 strokes ahead of second-place Creekview. Cambridge was seventh and Alpharetta placed 16th. Gladiators’ golfer Andy Mao was fourth in the individual event while teammates Nic Cassidy was fifth and Deven Patel and Preston Topper placed tied for seventh. Bears’ golfer Jake Peacock was also tied for seventh.
Roswell girls’ team placed fifth in the Class AAAAAAA competition with Emily Haigwood finishing 11th and Kady Foshaug 13th individually.
Milton’s boys’ team was third in the Class AAAAAAA competition with Dalton Cauley placed third individually.