The Milton girls' lacrosse team captured its ninth state championship May 18 after defeating Walton. (click for larger version)
May 21, 2014NORTH FULTON, Ga. – North Fulton high schools took home three of the four state championships in lacrosse, with the Milton girls continuing their dominance in Class AAAAAA, while Roswell and Northview took home the boys' titles.
The top-seeded Milton girls defeated Walton 16-13 Saturday, winning their fifth straight championship and ninth in the 10 years Georgia has conducted a state championship in the sport.
The Eagles, who finished with an 18-3 record, have not lost to a Georgia team since 2009 and were ranked just outside the top 20 nationally going into the championship match, which was played at Milton.
Brooke Winsness and Emily Velez scored four goals each for Milton, which broke open a 10-10 tie with five straight goals. Walton, the No. 4 seed, finished 15-7.
"This was a special win for us," Coach Tim Godby said. "Nobody outside our program gave our girls a chance this year after graduating seven players to D-1 schools and eight starters total. We had nine players start in this game that did not start in any games last year. We played one of the toughest schedules in the country this year and ended up with a record of 19-3. That was a great accomplishment for this team."
Milton reached the finals with an 18-5 victory earlier last week over North Fulton opponent Centennial.
Roswell won the AAAAAA boys' championship for the first time, edging Lambert 6-5 Saturday in a low-scoring contest. Lambert had won state two of the last three years, but never led in the title match, which was played at Roswell.
The Hornets (17-3) got two goals from Andrew Thomas and played outstanding defense, leading 5-3 at the half and limiting the Longhorns (17-5) to two goals in the second half.
Roswell earned a spot in the finals with a 12-8 victory over Walton earlier last week. The Hornets reached the semifinals by defeating rival Centennial, the No. 1 seed from Area 3, 12-10 in the quarterfinal round.
Lambert knocked off Milton, the No. 1 team from Area 2, 10-8 in the other semifinal match.
Northview scored its first lacrosse title in Class AAAAA, defeating Lovett 9-8 Saturday on the Titans' home field. Two-sport standout Matt Biondich, North Fulton's Player of the Year for the 2013 football season, scored three goals, including the clincher for the Titans.
Chad Johnson added a pair of goals, and Connor Richardson was strong in goal in the Northview victory.
Both Northview and Lovett were area champions, with the Titans finishing the season 21-1 and Lovett ending up 18-4.
Northview easily defeated Pope 16-5 in one semifinal, while Lovett knocked off perennial power Westminster, also an area champion, 8-5 in the other semifinal.
Milton girls' lacrosse scorers
Brooke Winsness: 4 goals, 1 assist
Emily Velez: 4 goals
Maggie Degnan: 2 goals
Taylor Catts: 1 goal
Jessi Masinko: 1 goal
Claire Smith: 1 goal
Emma Harden: 1 goal, 1 assist
Maddie Langley: 1 goal
Mackenzie Lech: 1 goal