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When was the last time the Milton girls lacrosse team lost to an instate opponent?

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Wednesday's Answer:
The Westminster boys lacrosse team has scored 42 goals while allowing only two goals this postseason.




(At Mercer University)



Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

(R7 #1) Duluth vs. (R8 #3) Brookwood



Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

(R7 #1) Dalton vs. (R5 #1) Allatoona


Class AAAA 

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

(R6 #2) Cross Keys vs. (R6 #1) St. Pius


Class AAA

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

(R7 #1) West Hall vs. (R6 #1) Calhoun


Class AA

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

(R6 #3) Wesleyan vs. (R6 #1) Greater Atlanta Christian


Class A

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 12 p.m.

(R2 #1) Stratford Academy vs. (R5 #1) Atlanta International


(At Mercer University)



Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 5 p.m.

(R8 #1) Grayson vs. (R6 #1) Lambert



Friday, May 15, 2015 at 5 p.m.

(R4 #1) Northgate vs. (R4 #3) Starr's Mill


Class AAAA

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 5 p.m.

(R6 #2) St. Pius 5, (R5 #2) Whitewater 0

(R6 #1) Marist 5, (R5 #1) Woodward Academy 0


Class AAA

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

(R4 #1) Blessed Trinity vs. (R4 #2) Westminster


Class AA

Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12 p.m.

(R6 #2) Lovett vs. (R6 #1) Greater Atlanta Christian


Class A

Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 12 p.m.

(A6 #1) Fellowship Christian vs. (A8 #1) Hebron Christian 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

By Kyle Sandy & Craig Sager II

Reclassification brings opportunities for new title hopefuls

Class AAAAAA will crown a new champion when the Lambert girls meet Grayson. The Lady Longhorns look for their first ever title while Grayson shared the championship with Parkview in 2007. Both teams scored shutout victories in the semifinals. The Lady Rams ride a 10-game win streak into the championship. 

Region 4-AAAAA powers meet for the second time this season with Starr's Mill facing Northgate. Last year's state champ McIntosh was also a part of the loaded region ensuring that both teams are battle tested. The Lady Panthers used four unanswered goals, three from Riley Clark, to knock off Greenbrier 4-2 in the semis. The Lady Vikings won a thrilling match 2-1 in penalty kicks over North Atlanta. Northgate edged the Lady Warriors 5-4 in the penalty shootout. 

Two defending back-to-back state champs will meet in the Class AAAA final. Marist will look to defend its title, but new-comer St. Pius brings a winning pedigree that has earned it five championships in the past six seasons with the most recent in AAA.

Photo by Billy Laube

Both reigning state champions won 5-0 in their respective semifinal matches. St. Pius' Anya Mancinelli scored a hat-trick to lead the way for the Golden Lions while Kelsey Carrier and Katie MacGinnitie netted two goals apiece for the Lady War Eagles. Marist is a perfect 20-0 and has allowed just seven goals this season. The Lady War Eagles defeated St. Pius 2-1 earlier this season. 

In Class AAA, Region 4 foes Blessed Trinity and Westminster meet for a third time. The Lady Titans lost their first meet-ing at home 2-1 before rebounding at Westminster with a 1-0 shutout. Both teams have allowed just one goal in the postseason.The Lady Wildcats beat Decatur 6-1 in the semifinals. Five different players scored for the third straight game, headlined by Logue Shamburger's two goals. 

Region 6-AA dominated the playoffs and sent all four schools to the Final Four. Lovett and defending champion Greater Atlanta Christian meet for the third time. The Lady Spartans scored wins of 1-0 and 3-2 during the regular season. Halle Huff and Kaylann Boyd notched goals in GAC's 3-0 win over Holy Innocents' while Ally DiOrio scored Lovett's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Wesleyan. 

Class A will crown a first-time champion in either Hebron Christian or Fellowship Christian. The Paladins remained undefeatedand survived a scare from First Presbyterian Day in the semis with a 3-2 win in overtime on penalty kicks. Fellowship outscored First Presbyterian Day 6-5 in penalties to advance.


In Class AAAAAA, defending champion Brookwood held off bitter rival Parkview 2-1 in PK's and will face a red-hot Duluth team that will play for the program's first state title. The two teams are each coming off dramatic semifinal victories. Duluth goal-keeper Edgar Mozo shutout second-seeded Alpharetta as the stout Wildcats' defense allowed just two shots on goal all game, both in the first half. Carlos Delarosa gave Duluth all the offense they needed and netted the winning goal from 12-yards out in the 20th minute off an assist from Hector Peralta.

When it comes to defense and the 2015 season, no team has been more impressive than Dalton, which will face Allatoona in the Class AAAAA title game. After winning back-to-back titles in Class AAAA, Dalton has been perfect this season and is considered the topteam in the nation for good reason. The 19-0 Catamounts have outscored their four play-off opponents 28-0. Allatoona cruised past Tri-Cities (7-0) and Coffee (5-0) the first tworounds but was challenged by Heritage-Conyers (4-3) in the quarterfinals before holding off Riverwood (1-0) in the semis. 

With Dalton in Class AAAAA, there will be a first-time Class AAAA champion crowned. St. Pius has won four of the last six Class AAA titles but advanced to the Class AAAA championship in the school's first season in its new classification with a 5-2 win over Woodward Academy on Tuesday. Opponent Cross Keys is in the finals for the first time in program history and clinched with a 2-0 victory over No. 1 seed Southeast Whitfield on Tuesday.

In Class AAA, Calhoun and West Hallare both playing for their program's first state title. Calhoun is 19-0 and allowed more than one goal for the first time all season in Wednesday's 3-2 (PK's) thrilling win over Decatur. West Hall's Richie Castruita and Bradley Hodgson booted goals in Tuesday's 2-0 semifinal win over Oconee County and the Spartans have netted a 15-1 scoring advantage this postseason.

Wesleyan faces Greater Atlanta Christianfor the third time this season in the Class AA title game. The defending champion Spartans dominated Wesleyan 8-1 in their first meeting on March 27 but held off the Wolves in a morecompetitive 2-0 win on April 17. Like Class AAA, both opponents in the Class A title game are playing for their program's first GHSA state title. Stratford Academy has outscored its three opponents17-0 entering the finals and Atlanta International boasts an 11-3 edge.

By Craig Sager II

Roswell explodes past Etowah, returns to finals

Defending Class AAAAAA state champion Roswell jumped to an 8-2 halftime lead after outscoring visiting Etowah 5-0 in the second quarter cruised to a convincing 15-4 victory. Roswell's senior goalkeeper Alex Lynch had six saves and the stout defense combined with the Hornets' team speed led to a barrage of scoring opportunities

Photo by David Weaver

Etowah could not find an answer to.

Senior Preston Tippett scored Roswell's first goal and was one of five Hornets to record multiple goals in the game. Junior Jack Piggott put Roswell up 3-2 at the end of the first quarter and was the only player on Roswell's roster that scored a goal that will not be graduating in the next month. 


Piggott's impact was felt throughout the game and he added back-to-back goals to close out the third quarter and give Roswell a 12-3 lead, while stamping the semifinal hat-trick. Andrew Thomas finished with a team-high four goals and included a dagger with five seconds left in the first half. Garrett Blake, Tanner Schneider and Tippett each added a pair of Roswell goals and Ward Gregory and Will Beacham finished with one apiece.


Pope 13, Harrison 7: Pope built an 8-5 halftime lead and opened the second half with a goal by Josh Wells and back-to-back Zach Lynch scores to grow a comfortable 11-5 lead. The Greyhounds would take a 11-6 lead into the final quarter and extend the lead to 13-6 with goals by Steven Runge and Tyler Borko. With the victory Area 2 swept the final berths in both boys and girls for the second straight year.




Kell 15, Cambridge 13: Defending champion Kell was down 8-7 at the half and stared at a three goal deficit in the second half (11-8) before rallying back into the Class A-AAAAA finals for a rematch with Westminster. Leslie Ferguson led Kell with six goals and Haley Swift added a hat-trick but was able to notch a game-changing four assists. Talen Francis also finished with three goals, including a netter off the opening draw 19 seconds into the game. Izzy Palermo added two goals and Jennifer Buckley finished with one goal, but it was a huge one that put Kell up 15-13 and finally gave them somewhat of a cushion in a then two-possession game. Goalie Hannah Rosen finished with eight saves but it was the final two minutes of the game that were her best and reminiscent of last year's 12-11 thriller over Blessed Trinity in the semis as Rosen made a pair of huge saves to protect the lead.


Westminster 11, Blessed Trinity 10 (OT): Westminster was down two goals with two minutes left before forcing overtime and the game was locked at 10 before Elizabeth Zakas netted the game-winner with just 0.3 seconds left in the extra period. Westminster advances to the A-AAAAA title game for the sixth time in the six years of its existence and will face defending champion Kell on Saturday, the only team to beat the Wildcats in their five other A-AAAAA finals appearances.







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