032019_MNS_GOTW_Tripp_Trimble Tripp Trimble Brian Dixon Connor Egan

Pace boys’ lacrosse player Tripp Trimble (3) handles the ball between St. Pius X players Brian Dixon (24) and Connor Egan (20) during a match earlier this season. / Special—Pace Academy Athletics

The lacrosse season has begun with several programs getting off to strong starts. The Pace boys’ team stayed undefeated through its first five matches of the season with a 7-6 home win over Decatur March 13. Top performers for the Knights this season have included forward Charlie Warren, defensemen Sam Assaf, Tripp Trimble and Andrew Konradt, attackman Steven Morrisroe, midfielders Patrick Thurman and Brogan Smith as well as goalkeeper Kirk Spinelli.

“The season is off to a great start for us,” Knights head coach Grady Stevens said. “The team is getting well and playing unselfish, disciplined lacrosse and hope to build on that strong start,” Pace returns to action at home against North Paulding March 22.

The Lovett boys’ team is also off to an undefeated start to its 2019 campaign including a 17-3 home victory against Grady March 12. The Lions earned a 20-10 home win over Marist Feb. 22 as Quinn O’Donnell scored six goals and Emilio Ferrara had four. Lovett traveled to Orlando for its spring break and faced several opponents. The Lions defeated Lake Highland 8-7 in overtime March 1 with Reid Edelstein scoring the game-winning goal. Lovett was victorious the next day by the score of 14-10 against Bishop Moore as Cooper Higgins led the offense with four goals and three assists. Next up for the boys’ squad is a contest against Roswell in Marietta March 23.

The Lion girls’ team has also posted an undefeated mark through its first five matches including a 16-6 road win at North Atlanta Feb. 26. Lovett led 6-5 at halftime and scored five unanswered goals to start the second half for control of the contest. Hadley Griggs and Mia Pioli each scored four goals, Ruth MyCrady had three and Emma D’Emilio posted two. The Lions host Pace March 20.

The Marist boys’ team earned a 13-11 home victory against Christian Brothers (Tennessee) March 11 and will visit Fellowship Christian School March 20. The War Eagles’ girls team hosts Etowah the same day.

The Riverwood girls’ team extended its winning streak to three games with an 11-6 home victory over Dunwoody March 11.

“Our season is going great and the girls are learning so much,” Raiders head coach Angela Gao said.

Riverwood hosts Duluth on March 26 in its next contest. The Raider boys’ squad hosts Lovett March 25.

Wesleyan saw its boys’ team earn an 18-1 road win at Denmark March 9 led by Vance Nicklaus (three goals, three assists) and Davis Chapman (three goals, two assists) while Bennett Harrison, J.D. Chipman and Michael Nicklaus each had two goals. The Wolves’ girls team defeated Kennesaw Mountain at home 18-10 March 8 as Whitaker Welch scored seven goals and Chole Hangartner found the back of the net six times. Wesleyan’s boys host Mount Pisgah Christian March 29 while the girls welcome in Greater Atlanta Christian March 28.

The Westminster boys’ squad defeated Starr’s Mill 14-9 March 2 and faces Walton in Marietta March 20. The Wildcats’ girls team beat Charlotte Country Day School at home March 2 and visits Kennesaw Mountain March 21.

Local contests March 21 include the Holy Innocents’ boys hosting North Springs, the Holy Innocents’ girls welcoming in King’s Ridge, St. Pius X’s boys visiting Starr’s Mill, St. Pius X’s girls hosting Druid Hills and Whitefield’s boys hosting Carrollton. Mount Vernon Presbyterian’s boys visit Blessed Trinity March 22. Woodward’s boys visit Lassiter and its girls travel to McIntosh March 23.

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