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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Legacy Cup Next Weekend!

Elite high school lacrosse teams from across the U.S. will go head-to-head at the 7th annual Legacy Lacrosse Cup in Alpharetta, Georgia. This year the Cup is scheduled for the weekend of April 25th & 26th. The marquee game showcases Mercer University vs. Bellarmine University at 3 p.m. at the Milton High School stadium. Weekend tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students, allowing entry at all games and venues. The high level of competition is evident with 8 of the 16 men’s teams playing in their respective state championships last spring. The women’s teams include 8 of 10 playoff teams.
To catch all the action check the full men’s and women’s game schedule on Legacy Lacrosse Cup (click link). 
 Each team will come together to embrace competition, develop character, and honor the legacy of Parker Jackson who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2006. Parker was passionate about friendship, competitive lacrosse, and his spirituality. Parker’s parents, Bo and Lauren Jackson, wanted to continue to promote these values which led to the development of the Legacy Lacrosse Cup. The tournament aims to honor Parker’s legacy by communicating to student athletes how their everyday decisions take them in a direction that will lead them to a destination of significance.
 All 25 games will be played in Alpharetta over a two-day period with the marquee match-ups being held at Milton High School including the NCAA Division I battle between the Mercer Bears and the Bellarmine Knights. This year’s event will also play host to various vendors such as Moe’s, STX, LaxWorld and Adrenaline Lacrosse. Adrenaline has played a key roll in the development of the Legacy Lacrosse Cup and will be donating socks again this year to each participating team. Adrenaline is providing each of the 26 Adrenaline Legacy Award winners a head-to-toe apparel gear pack.  The award is given one member of each team who embodies the attributes known so well about Parker – Camaraderie, Competitive and Character.  
“We’re extremely proud and honored to be a part of the Legacy Cup again this year. The powerful message they are instilling into each one of these players is so important. They do an unbelievable job and it’s something we want to be a part of for years to come.” Adrenaline’s Awareness Director, Geoff Worley stated.
Co-Founder Lauren Jackson added, “To accomplish the level of success we have had is extraordinary. We are extremely grateful for the emotional and financial support by Adrenaline Lacrosse, the dedication of the Atlanta lacrosse community, and the volunteers who support our mission to create a first class environment that showcases elite lacrosse while challenging and encouraging students to live lives that leave a positive and inspiring legacy.”
Come out on April 25th & 26th and see elite high school lacrosse! Click here for Directions to Milton High School.

Thursday 4/17 Best Games

Check back later for more details and add your insight in the comments section below:

-- Lambert (10-3, 4-0) @ Johns Creek (8-5, 4-1)

-- Milton (11-2) @ Lovett (10-2)

-- Grayson (11-1, 7-1) @ Peachtree Ridge (9-3, 6-0)

-- GAC (10-3, 7-0) @ Northview (13-0, 7-0)

-- Whitefield (9-3, 5-2) @ Holy Innocents (8-5, 6-1)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Some Big Games In 6A Today!

-- Harrison (11-1, 3-0) @ Hillgrove (11-0, 5-0) - It's fairly rare for us to have a meaningful late season showdown in 6A Area 1, but that's just what we have as these Cobb rivals faceoff. The Hoyas had been rolling along undefeated until their 14-17 loss to a very good Centennial team two weeks ago. They've notched signature wins over Walton, Westminster and Mill Creek, but they don't have as difficult a schedule as in past years. Yes, their SOS is hurt by a pretty weak Area 1 group, but they chose to schedule 5A Area 2 teams Sprayberry, N. Paulding and Allatoona in spots where we were accustomed to seeing a Milton or Lassiter. That being said, the Hoyas seem to have a very balanced team. They've notched double digit goals in every single game while only giving up 10+ goals in two games against Etowah and Centennial.

The Hillgrove Hawks have already equaled their win total from last year, when they landed the #2 seed and lost to Lambert in the first round. But a quick look at their schedule diminishes the significance of being undefeated at this point. Their 12-11 OT win over E. Coweta is their best win, so it is hard to think that they will be able to hang with a more battle-tested Hoya squad. Everyone should check their schedule to see how many incredibly lopsided scores they've recorded. This writer thinks the team would be better served playing some better teams... win or lose.

-- Lassiter (6-5) @ Centennial (10-3) - A few weeks ago this looked to be a very lopsided matchup, but Lassiter has righted the ship while Centennial has come back to the pack just a bit. The Trojans are coming off a 2-8 loss to Lovett that revealed Lassiter's inability to generate offense against good teams. In their 5 losses to very good teams in Westy, Milton, Johns Creek, Walton and Lovett... they are averaging just 3.6 goals per game. They will need to improve those numbers if they want to make any noise in the playoffs.

Conversely, the Knights have shown prolific offense while playing good D. They are coming off a successful FL swing where they topped Lake Mary and Lake Brantley but fell 7-9 to Jupiter, one of the top FL teams. Centennial will face Lambert on Saturday for the #1 seed in Area 3, so they will be looking to hit on all cylinders.

-- Etowah (5-6) @ N. Gwinnett (13-1) - The Etowah Eagles are soaring after a 14-13 2OT win over Johns Creek on Saturday. Although they won't be making the playoffs, a check of their schedule shows that they are benefitting from playing tough competition... are you listening Hillgrove?

The Bulldogs of N. Gwinnett are coming of a trip to TN where they split with McCallie 6-12 and Baylor10-8. They will close with 3 straight Area 4 games, the last of which, Ridge, will likely be for the #1 seed.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week #9 - Some Huuuge Area Games Today

Finally, we have several compelling games being played, and there are some playoff spots at risk today in some good Area tilts. And we'll also highlight an inter-class matchup that should be entertaining:

-- Whitefield Academy (9-2, 5-1) @ McIntosh (8-5, 5-1) - This is a big showdown in 5A Area 1. Whitefield hurt their playoff picture by losing to Pace 7-10 last week. They are looking for their first signature win, and a W today would qualify. They still face HIES, Lovett and Woodward to close the season. The Chiefs handled Pace 13-9 but lost to HIES 7-8, so there is still a lot up in the air in this region. McIntosh will face Lovett on Saturday.

-- Cambridge (10-3, 7-1) @ Northview (13-0, 6-0) - Although this shouldn't be a close game, it is notable since Cambridge's breakthrough season has secured them a playoff berth. After losing to GAC last month, the Bears have won 4 Area games in a row, including an impressive 8-7 OT win over Blessed Trinity. They will finish their region schedule Thursday against Fellowship Christian. The Titans have been rolling along, including wins in FL last week against Bartram Trail and Nease. Their only tests so far were one goal wins over Lambert, Pope and Westy. They will face GAC on Thursday and BT in their final game to settle the picture in Area 3.

-- Decatur (8-4) @ Walton (8-3) - Since both of these teams have recently played defensive battles against very good teams, it will be interesting to see if this is another fairly low scoring game. The Bulldogs are coming off a trip to TN where they split games, playing #1 MBA tight in a 5-7 loss and topping Ravenwood 10-9. They will face SPX next week in a big 5A Area 4 clash. The Raiders are coming off a tough 6-7 OT loss to Westy in which they allowed a big comeback. They will be looking to get back into winning form as they tune up for Roswell next week.

-- Hooch (6-7, 3-3) @ Alpharetta (6-4, 1-2) - This is a huge 6A Area 3 tilt, and it looks like the loser will miss the playoffs. Hooch is returning from a trip to FL where they topped Bartram Trail and Episcopal Jacksonville. Alpha will still have 4 more Area games after this one, including Lambert next week.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Random Links

-- Here's the latest participation survey from U.S. Lacrosse, and, yes, lax is still the fastest growing sport!

-- This was tweeted, but ICYMI... here's the latest IL/Under Armour Regional Rankings. Georgia teams had a strong showing with 4 of the top 10 in the SE.

-- Here's a pretty cool (but long) article about a lax event called Shootout for Soldiers which contributes to the Wounded Warrior Project.

-- Here's a short video preview of Mercer's Head Coach Kyle Hannan as the Bears get ready to play Jacksonville this weekend.

Games Of Note This Weekend

With Spring Break winding up, there is still a pretty light schedule. But there are 3 local games of interest:

-- Lassiter (6-4) @ Lovett (8-2) - After a bit of a rollercoaster start to the season, the Trojans have put together a 3 game win streak by topping Pope, Hooch and Etowah. Lovett should be hungry after falling to Buckhead rival Westminster 6-7 last Friday. The Lions still have important Area 1 games against McIntosh and Whitefield.

-- Allatoona (7-5, 3-0) @ Pope (7-7, 6-0) - This is a big battle in 5A Area 2 since the top 3 teams are undefeated in the region. With both teams still to face Westminster, the loser of this game is likely looking at the bottom of the playoff bracket. While Toona does not really have a signature win, most of their losses were pretty close games against good teams. It's hard to believe that Pope hasn't played in two weeks since their 11-12 loss to Lovett, and then their next game is over two weeks away. They close with a tough last week facing Walton, Westy and Centennial.

-- Etowah (4-6) @ Johns Creek (8-4) - After losing to Lassiter 10-13, Etowah's playoff hopes were lost, so they are basically just playing for pride. But they are to be commended for their OOC schedule. In addition to this matchup, they have/will face Harrison, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett and Ridge. This is a tune-up for the Gladiators, who's next up is a key Area 3 tilt with Lambert.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday 4/10 Best Games

With many schools on Spring Break it has been a pretty quiet week locally. But there are a couple of interesting local games and another interesting one to watch from afar:

-- Decatur (7-3) @ Montgomery Bell Academy (8-2) - MBA looks to be the top team in TN after beating McCallie 11-5 last week. So this will be a good test for a Decatur squad that seems to have lost a bit from last year. The Bulldogs will face Ravenwood (TN) tomorrow.

-- Pace Academy (6-6, 4-2) @ Whitefield Academy (9-, 5-0) - This is a key 5A Area 1 battle with definite playoff implications. Since Pace has already lost to region foes Lovett and McIntosh, they cannot afford a loss today. For Whitefield, this game is the first of 5 in a row against Area 1 rivals... they will face McIntosh, HIES and Lovett before closing against Woodward.

-- Westminster (11-2) @ Walton (8-2) - This should be an entertaining inter-class game of contenders, and it will be interesting to see how wide open these offenses will run. Westy is coming off a big win over arch-rival Lovett, and this will be their last test before ending the season against Pope. Conversely, Walton still has a tough stretch of schedule remaining, including an Area 2 clash against Roswell.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday's Best Games

-- Westminster @ Lovett - The Battle of Buckhead should be a great game!

-- Decatur @ Marist - A key 5A Area 4 matchup

-- Hooch @ Johns Creek - A big 6A Area 3 tilt

-- Milton @ Gulf Coast (FL)

-- Centennial @ Lake Mary (FL)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Huge Games Today... No Fooling!

Given the somewhat lackluster mid-week schedule the past couple of weeks, it is really a shame that there are soooo many good games being played at the same time today. Give us your predictions & insights in the comments section below:

-- Wesleyan (7-2, 3-1) @ GAC - (9-3, 6-0)

-- Decatur (6-2) @ Westminster (9-2)

-- Centennial (7-2, 6-0) @ Chattahoochee (4-5, 3-1)

-- Milton (8-1, 7-0) @ Roswell (9-2, 5-0) - This game was moved up a day... 5:30 start today.

The GLB will attempt to cover both the Milton/Roswell clash and the Decatur/Westy tilt.