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Saturday, May 17, 2014

6A State Championship Tonight!

Please give us your predictions & analysis in the comments section below:

-- Lambert Longhorns (17-4) @ Roswell Hornets (16-3) - 7 p.m.

5A State Championship Today!

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-- Northview Titans (20-1) @ Lovett Lions (18-3) - 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

5A Semi-Finals Feature Huge Rematches!


The 5A Semi-Finals are both rematch games in which the regular season meeting was settled by one goal, so both of these games should be extremely competitive:

-- Pope (9-11) @ Northview (19-1) - This should be a very interesting rematch... Northview was pushed to OT when they topped Pope 8-7 on March 1st. The enigmatic Pope Greyhounds entered the playoffs having lost 5 straight, but they seem to have righted the ship with wins over HIES 16-6 and Decatur 11-8 in the first two rounds. The Northview Titans have cruised through the playoffs so far... they handled Benedictine 19-8 and Toona 15-5 on Saturday.

It will be interesting to see how Pope's D performs tonight against a potent Northview offense. The Titans have only been held below double digit goals twice this year... in the earlier meeting against Pope and their one goal win over Westy. It doesn't bode well for Pope that they gave up 15 goals to Westy and 21 goals to Centennial in their final two regular season games

-- Westminster (18-2) @ Lovett (17-3) - The Battle of Buckhead version 2.0 should be epic... two very well coached and balanced teams who are friends and rivals. Westy won the first meeting 7-6 on the road in early April, but it is never easy beating a home team twice in one season.

The Wildcats have battled injuries all season long, but they got their playoff run off to a good start with a 16-6 win over Pace Academy and handled GAC 11-4 in the Quarters. Since falling to Northview 6-7 on March 29, Westy has won 9 in a row, including wins over Decatur, Lovett, Walton, Toona and Pope.

The Lovett Lions breezed past Riverwood 17-3 and Marist 13-4 in the first two rounds. They have won 7 in a row since their OT loss to Milton in mid-April, but the bulk of those wins were against relatively weak Area 1 competition. Their best wins were over Hooch, Lambert and Pope earlier in the season.

Both teams are well balanced and feature strong goaltenders, so it will be interesting to see which Defense can assert themselves and make the difference.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

6A Semi-Finals Today!


-- Walton (15-5) @ Roswell (15-3) - The Walton Raiders will be looking to avenge their regular season loss to the Hornets... Roswell prevailed 12-9 when the teams met in late April. The Roswell Hornets beat E. Coweta 14-6 in the 1st Round and took down defending champs Centennial 12-10 in the Quarterfinals. They have won 6 in a row since falling to Milton 8-12 on April 1, including wins over Walton, Mill Creek and Lassiter.

Walton bested Hillgrove 12-7 in the 1st Round, and the Raiders tood down Peachtree Ridge 12-7 on the road in the Quarters. Walton has strung together 5 wins in a row after they had unraveled a bit with losses to Hooch and Roswell a few weeks ago.

-- Lambert (16-4) @ Milton (18-2) - This is another rematch... Lambert won 13-11 on the road on March 18. The Longhorns easily handled N. Gwinnett 11-3 in the opening round, and they outlasted Harrison 8-7 on Friday. Lambert has won 6 in a row in which they've given up an average of 5.4 goals per game. During that run they topped Centennial 10-8... which is impressive given the Knights' high-powered offense. They also topped Torrey Pines (CA) 7-6 in OT at Legacy Cup.

The Eagles cruised past Kennesaw Mtn. in the opening round, but they were pushed to OT against Johns Creek before prevailing 13-12. Milton is on an 8 game winning streak since they fell 13-19 to St. Thomas Aquinas, a FL semi-finalist. Four of those were impressive OOS wins against Gulf Coast (FL), Jupiter (FL), Charlotte Latin (NC), and Memphis University (TN).

Saturday, May 10, 2014

5A Quarterfinals Preview

It looks like the weather will not be a factor in today's games, and, with a nightcap in North Fulton, true 5A lax fans could catch a couple of these games:

-- Pope (8-11) @ Decatur (12-7) - To call the Pope Greyhounds enigmatic is an understatement. They entered the playoffs with a losing record and a 5 loss streak, but they handled higher seeded HIES easily with a 16-6 1st round win. It's hard to believe that their best win was 7-4 over Blessed Trinity back in March. It's hard to say which Pope team will show up today... the one that took Northview to OT early on, or the team that lost a crucial Area 2 game to Toona???

Decatur needed overtime to top BT in the opening round, and the Bulldogs are a bit of a mystery themselves. They've had some close losses against good teams (Johns Creek, MBA & Walton), but had some lopsided results against teams like Northview, Westy and Hooch. This one could go either way, but it just seems to feel like the kind of game Pope could wake up for.

-- Marist (15-3) @ Lovett (16-3) - These two had very different 1st Round games... Marist struggled to take down Cambridge 5-3, while Lovett breezed past Riverwood 17-3. Marist closed their regular season by beating SPX to gain the #2 seed, but they really haven't played the kind of schedule that prepares a team for the post-season.

The Lovett Lions have won 6 in a row since their OT loss to Milton in mid-April, but the bulk of those wins were against relatively weak Area 1 competition. Their best wins were over Hooch, Lambert and Pope earlier in the season. This game isn't likely to be close unless Lovett is looking forward to the Battle of Buckhead rematch against rival Westy.

-- Allatoona (13-6) @ Northview (18-1) - With at least a close game today, Toona will signal that they are a growing power in 5A. They completed rare back-to-back wins over the same team by beating McIntosh 13-5 in the 1st Round. Their best win was 14-12 over Area 2 rival Pope, but the Bucs have yet to show that they can hang close against a top tier team.

And the one loss Northview Titans are definitely a top tier team... they cruised past Benedictine 19-8 in the opening round. The Titans' only blemish this season was an 11-14 loss to Johns Creek, and they beat 5 of the other 7 5A playoff teams at some point this season. But they have looked a bit more vulnerable lately than earlier in the season. The loss to JC came on 4/22, and a week later they scraped by Blessed Trinity 13-11.

-- Greater Atlanta Christian (14-5) @ Westminster (17-2) - The GAC Spartans have had a solid season and used their #2 seed to top St. Pius 7-6 in the opening round of playoffs. With 4 of their 5 losses to 6A teams, their only loss in 5A was to Northview 5-12. This is another team that probably needs to ramp up their schedule in the future to be more battle-tested. They had a pair of non-Area games against weaker Area 1 teams, and the 6A Area 4 teams they played were not contenders with the exception of Roswell.

The Wildcats have battled injuries all season long, but they got their playoff run off to a good start with a 16-6 win over Pace Academy. Since falling to Northview 6-7 on March 29, Westy has won 8 in a row, including wins over Decatur, Lovett, Walton, Toona and Pope. They should be able to take care of business today unless they are looking ahead to a rematch with Lovett.

Friday, May 9, 2014

6A Quarterfinals Preview

It looks like there may be some rain affecting these games as the front skirts the metro area. It is most likely to affect the game at Harrison, so it could get interesting if any of these tilts wind up being soggy.

-- Roswell (14-3) @ Centennial (14-5) - This is the first meeting of these two teams this season. The Roswell Hornets beat E. Coweta 14-6 in the 1st Round. They have won 5 in a row since falling to Milton 8-12 on April 1, including wins over Walton, Mill Creek and Lassiter.

Centennial was untested in their 19-4 win over Grayson in the 1st Round, which was their 3rd very lopsided win in a row after dropping close games to Lambert and Torrey Pines (CA). The Knights were held to less than 10 goals in 3 of their 5 losses. If they score at least 12 against Roswell, they will likely win.

-- Lambert (15-4) @ Harrison (17-1) - Interestingly, these two programs have never faced each other before. The Longhorns easily handled N. Gwinnett 11-3 in the opening round, and the Hoyas took down Lassiter 12-8. This is likely to be a defensive battle, especially if the weather is a factor. Lambert has won 5 in a row in which they've given up an average of 5.4 goals per game. During that run they topped Centennial 10-8... which is impressive given the Knights' high-powered offense. The Hoyas faced Centennial a few weeks earlier and fell 14-17, which was one of only two games in which they gave up 10+ goals. Results against common opponents aren't always a reliable indicator, but the Longhorns have also played a much tougher schedule than the Hoyas.

-- Johns Creek (13-5) @ Milton (17-2) - This is another first meeting of the year. The Gladiators topped Mill Creek 13-10 while the Eagles beat Kennesaw Mtn. 18-10 in the 1st Round. Since beating Lambert 10-9 in 2 OT on 4/17, Johns Creek has reeled off 5 wins in a row. Interestingly, Lambert is the only GA team to beat Milton... but that was a two goal win back in mid-March.

Milton is on a 7 game winning streak since they fell 13-19 to St. Thomas Aquinas, a FL semi-finalist. Four of those were impressive OOS wins against Gulf Coast (FL), Jupiter (FL), Charlotte Latin (NC), and Memphis University (TN). That kind of experience can be invaluable, so Johns Creek will have their hands full trying to pull off an upset on the road.

-- Walton (14-5) @ Peachtree Ridge (14-4) - Finally, we do get one rematch... the Raiders topped the Lions 12-11 at home in their regular season meeting on March 4. Walton bested Hillgrove 12-7 in the 1st Round, while Ridge avenged an earlier loss by beating Hooch 13-11 in their playoff opener. Walton has strung together 4 wins in a row after they had unraveled a bit with losses to Hooch and Roswell a few weeks ago. Ridge also lost to Hooch that week, but they closed the regular season with good wins against Area 4 rivals Mill Creek and N. Gwinnett. With an earlier meeting and several common opponents, it will be interesting to see if either Coach can dial up a winning game plan.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

6A Bracket Discussion

Please give us your insights, analysis and predictions on the 6A Playoffs. Here's the link to the brackets.

5A Bracket Discussion

Please give us your insights, analysis and predictions on the 5A Playoffs. Here's the link to the brackets.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Today's Best Games)

These should all be interesting games, but two of them have important playoff implications:

-- Hooch (10-7) @ Decatur (10-6)

-- Roswell (12-3, 6-1) @ Lassiter (9-7, 5-2) - A Lassiter win would complicate things in 6A Area 2

-- Alpha (9-8) @ Milton (15-2)

-- SPX (13-4, 7-1) @ Marist (13-3, 7-1) - This one determines the #2 and #3 seeds in 5A Area 4

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Legacy Cup - Saturday's Games

No time for previews of today's games, but here's the link to the complete schedule... see ya there!

http://www.legacylacrossecup.com/game-schedules.html