Southern High School Notebook: Roswell Makes a Statement, Cannon Starts Strong

(Photo: Roswell Lacrosse/Instagram)

Kentucky and North Carolina fully jumped into the fold last week, as well multiple Tennessee powers, and so the high school lacrosse season is officially underway across the South. And during that first week of play in those areas, much has already happened. Additionally, there were a pair of massive results in Georgia and Texas.

With another week in the books, it’s time to look back and breakdown some of the highlights from the week that was.

So, let’s get after it!

Roswell Earns Statement Win Versus Lambert

Arguably the biggest game of the last week in high school lacrosse across the South was Lambert (Ga.) vs Roswell (Ga.).

The Roswell Hornets welcomed in the six-time and reigning back to back champion Lambert Longhorns on Friday and pulled out an impressive, 13-6 victory. It marks the first time in which the Hornets have beaten the Longhorns since 2015.

Leading wire to wire, Roswell got up early and never let up in the Friday night battle. Senior Hill Plunkett (Army West Point signee) led the way with six goals for the Hornets while junior Ezra Moore had four goals.

Roswell moved to 6-0 on the win and looks to have ascended to another level this season, sitting atop the 5A/6A division and arguably the state as a whole. On April 21st, their last game of the regular season, the Hornets will play the only other team who has beaten Lambert to this point: Blessed Trinity (Ga.). That game will likely decide the Area 5 title.

Cannon School Starts Strong

Play is underway in the Tar Heel state and perhaps no team has had a better opening week to the season the Cannon School (N.C.) Cougars. The reigning NCISAA DI champions are 2-0 after defeating Chris School (N.C.) and Lucky Bechkahm (S.C.) last week.

The Cougars opened the season last Tuesday against the Greenies of Christ School in what was a rematch of last year’s NCISAA DI championship game. Just as the case was last May (and April), it was the Cougars who came out on top as they defended their home turf in a 12-10 victory in which they had to fight back from down 7-2 at the half.

Junior Cole Frood (Brown commit) led the way with four goals in the Cougars’ season-opening win.

On Saturday, Cannon welcomed in budding Palmetto State power Lucy Beckham (S.C.) and earned a 7-4 win in a contest that saw the Cougars really pull away in the third quarter after a more defensive-heavy first half. Senior Will Crispino (Middlebury commit) and sophomore J.T. Murphy each had two goals in the contest.

Tennessee Powers Duel in Early-Season Battle

A pair of traditional Volunteer State powers in McCallie (Tenn.) and Memphis University (Tenn.) went head to head on Friday night in what was one of the top games of the early season in Tennessee.

In the end, it was the Blue Tornado of McCallie who came out on top with the 13-10 victory. Junior Zach Chari (Georgetown commit) led the way with a hat trick in the season-opening win. Senior Jack Forrester (Centre commit) had two goals.

Senior Edward Wilson had a hat trick to lead Memphis University.

McCallie later beat Franklin (Tenn.) 10-4 on Saturday. Memphis University went on to beat Baylor (Tenn.) 12-7 on Saturday.

Westlake Upsets Jesuit Dallas

For the first time in program history, Westlake (Texas) topped Jesuit Dallas (Texas). The Chaps defeated the Rangers 8-4 in the program’s historic victory and now move to 4-0 on the season.

The Chaps took an 5-2 lead into the half and were able to hold off the Rangers effort in the second half, blanking them in the fourth quarter, to secure the four-goal victory.

Westlake will face another big test and team whom they don’t usually beat later this month in Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas).

Player of The Week

Mitchell (Fla.) went 2-1 last week with its only loss coming against its toughest opponent in Cardinal Mooney (Fla.) by a score of 13-9. Senior Chris Ferrini had six goals against Cardinal Mooney and had two goals and two assists versus both East Lake (Fla.) and Woodward Academy (Ga.). That gives him 10 goals and 14 points on the week as he continues to add to his program all-time goals record, which he broke a few weeks ago.

Upcoming Games to Watch

Monday, March 6

Middle Creek (N.C.) vs Green Level (N.C.)

Tuesday, March 7

Tampa Jesuit (Fla.) vs Plant (Fla.)

Ponte Vedra (Fla.) vs Creekside (Fla.)

Centennial (Ga.) vs Christ School (N.C.)

Wednesday, March 8

Cape Fear Academy (N.C.) vs Cannon (N.C.)

Hough (N.C.) vs Weddington (N.C.)

Thursday, March 9

Christ School (N.C.) vs Memphis University School (N.C.)

Friday, March 10

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) vs Ponte Vedra (Fla.)

Mitchell (Fla.) vs Newsome (Fla.)

Wando (S.C.) vs Lambert (Ga.)

Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) vs St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.)

McCallie (Tenn.) vs Norfolk Academy (Va.)

Saturday, March 11

Lucy Beckham (S.C.) vs Lambert (Ga.)

Carmel (Ind.) vs St. Xavier (Ky.)

Middle Creek (N.C.) vs St. Christopher’s (Va.)

Sunday, March 12

Culver (Ind.) vs St. Xavier (Ky.)’

St. Christopher’s (Va.) vs Montgomery Bell (Tenn.)


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