Monday, May 18, 2009

Catholic, Providence net lacrosse state titles

Mecklenburg County lacrosse teams were 2-0 in Saturday's N.C. High School Lacrosse Association State Boys Championships at Duke.

Catholic beat Raleigh's Cardinal Gibbons 12-11 in 3A action. Providence won the 4A title with a 19-13 win over Chapel Hill, denying Chapel Hill a third straight state championship.

Providence senior Tucker Hill, the 4A most valuable player, scored seven goals and had four assists to lead the Panthers (21-1) to their first state title. Goalie Peter Wesselmam had 15 saves.

In the 3A game, Charlotte Catholic's Stephen Banick scored his fifth goal of the game with 27 seconds remaining for the Cougars' second straight championship win over the Crusaders, who never led.

Down 10-7 with 10:31 left, Gibbons' Austin Hardy, Matt Enzweiler and Joel Panzi each scored to tie it at 10-10. But Michael Italino put Charlotte Catholic back ahead with an unassisted goal.

The Crusaders tied the score again on an assist from Camden Feldman to Enzweiler and had two opportunities to take their first lead, but outstanding defensive stops by goalie Lane Beach thwarted both attempts, setting up Banick's heroics.


Anonymous said...

The future of Charlotte Lacrosse looks bright indeed. Two U 15 tournament teams (mostly middle school kids) from Lake Norman just took the top two spots in the Southeast Championships in Atlanta, GA.
Lake Norman United and Top Tier finished in 1st and 2nd place respectively. They competed against 30 teams from across the southeast.
We can't wait for these players to hit high school.