Southern High School Notebook: Parity in Texas, Sunshine State Surprises

(Photo: Ponte Vedra Lacrosse/Instagram)

Another week of high school lacrosse across the South has passed. And the week was headlined by big and shocking results from Texas to the Carolinas.

Let’s get into the action!

Parity Reigns Supreme in the Lone Star State

After seeing parity take hold a week prior, the same held true in Texas this past week and especially so in the North District.

Southlake (Texas) welcomed in Episcopal School Dallas (Texas) on Wednesday for a clash between Class A West programs. The Dragons came in searching for their second district win and first ever victory over the Eagles of ESD.

Both of those would be achieved as the Dragons topped the Eagles 14-6 in a dominating win. Max Bushaw got the scoring started for Southlake at the 10:00 mark of the first quarter and it all went uphill from there for Dragons. They took a 4-2 lead at the end of the first and pushed it out to 8-3 at the half.

The Zane Mammoser-anchored defense was strong all night and especially came up big in the final two quarters, holding the Eagles to just three goals in the second half. All while the Dragons added six more scores in those final two frames to earn the eight-goal victory.

Senior attackman Luke Sganga (Utah signee) led the way for the Dragons in the win as he put home seven goals and assisted on one more. Christian Coniglio (2G/1A), Quinn Tyler (1G/3A), and Sam Sheehan(1G/3A) were also key contributors in the win.

ESD saw senior Cooper Raney lead the way with four goals.

Elsewhere in the Lone Star State, St. Mark’s (Texas) earned a huge road victory with an 11-9 win over Jesuit Dallas (Texas). The Lions held a 7-5 lead heading into the third quarter and were able to thwart the comeback effort from the Rangers. The win marks the second big victory for St. Mark’s this season as they defeated Southlake 9-7 the week prior.

Sunshine State Shockers

Friday night saw multiple surprising results involving Florida schools both in and out of the state.

Ponte Vedra (Fla.) traveled to the D.C. area over the weekend to play a pair of perennial powers in St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) and Bullis (Md.). The Sharks went 1-1 during this trip with that win being a huge victory over SSSA on Friday night.

A tight game the whole way, Ponte Vedra jumped out to a 10-7 lead at half over the Saints. They would be able to hold off the Saints in the second half and earn a big 16-14 victory over the Virginia power. Senior Maddox Johnson (Denver signee) led the way with eight goals for the Sharks while junior goalie Jack Pelot (Penn commit) made a whopping 20 saves to anchor the defense.

Ponte Vedra lost 14-2 on Sunday to Bullis, marking just their second loss of the year.

Down in South Florida, the St. Edward’s (Fla.) Pirates pulled off their biggest victory of the season as they took down reigning state champion St. Andrew’s (Fla.) 12-10 in a Friday night upset bid on the road. The Pirates took a 5-4 lead into the half and were able to hold off the Scots for the 12-10 victory.

Interstate Battles Headline The Week

Outside of the aforementioned Ponte Vedra trip to the D.C. area, there were many other big time interstate battles across the region last week.

Memphis University (Tenn.) traveled to the Carolinas last week and went 2-1 as they defeated Christ School (N.C.) 10-9 on Thursday, lost to Lake Norman (N.C.) in a close 9-8 decision on Friday, and then beat Porter Guard (S.C.) 10-6 on Saturday.

Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) faced St. Anne’s Belfield (Va.) at Duke and earned a 15-7 victory over the power program.

R. J. Reynolds (N.C.) beat Volunteer State power McCallie (Tenn.) 7-6 in overtime to move to 5-0 on the season.

Peach State power Lambert (Ga.) traveled to the Palmetto State where they took on traditional power Wando (S.C.) as well as budding power and defending state champion Lucy Beckham (S.C.). The Longhorns swept their trip, beating Wando 17-7 on Friday before taking down Lucy Beckham 8-3.

St. Xavier (Ky.) went north to face Carmel (Ind.) and Culver (Ind.) over the weekend. While the Tigers were routed by Culver on Sunday, the surprise result came as the they fell 6-5 to Carmel in an overtime thriller on Saturday.

Upcoming Games to Watch

Tuesday, March 14

Centennial (Ga.) vs Roswell (Ga.)

Oxbridge (Fla.) vs Jupiter (Fla.)

St. Andrew’s (Fla.) vs Boy’s Latin (Md.)

South Oldham (Ky.) vs Fredrick Douglass (Ky.)

Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) vs Lake Norman (N.C.)

Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) vs McDonogh (Md.)

Lucy Beckham (S.C.) vs Wando (S.C.)

Friday, March 17

Benjamin (Fla.) vs Lake Highland Prep (Fla.)

Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.) vs Trinity (Ky.)

Saturday, March 18

Allatoona (Ga.) vs North Paulding (Ga.)

St. Xavier (Ky.) vs De Smet (Mo.)

Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) vs Trinity (Ky.)


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