MILTON, Ga. – Nearly 30 men’s and women’s lacrosse teams from around the country converged on Milton the weekend of April 26 to honor a young local boy while playing their favorite sport.
Coming out near the lead for state teams was the Milton High School girls’ team, winning all three games they played in the competition.
This season was a brutal one for Milton girls’ lacrosse, said coach Tim Godby, as they played several out-of-state teams, including teams from Florida and California. They won seven of their 10 games.
“We played probably the most diverse schedule of anyone in the country by playing teams from so many different states,” Godby said. “Our schedule also ranks as probably one of the hardest in the country because of all the great teams we played. Nine of the 10 teams we played are ranked in at least one of the national polls, and two teams are top five. Hopefully, this tough schedule will have us prepared for another run at the state championship.”
In the Legacy Cup, Milton played against Bishop Irenton, Virginia, ranked No. 17 in the nation. Milton won with a score of 12-10.
The second game was against Carondelet, California, the 2013 defending California state champs. Milton won the game 9-8 in overtime. The game did not start well for Milton.
“We got off to our worst start of the season and continued to turn the ball over every time we had possession,” Godby said. “We did not even get a shot off until approximately 15 minutes into the game and did not score our first goal until near 18 minutes into the first half. Every time we had possession, we turned the ball over.”
Godby said one turning point in the game was the inclusion of third-string goalie Alex Bunn, who “stepped up big time and gave us the spark we needed at the right time, making four saves, forcing a turnover and held Carondelet scoreless when she was in the game,” Godby said.
The final game of the day was against Loyola, Illinois, ranked 12 in the nation. Milton led for the whole first half and ended the game with a score of 4-3 in overtime, which Godby called “a huge win.”
“This shows that our girls have a lot of heart and are not going to quit when things aren’t going our way,” Godby said. “We have shown that we can win and compete with teams from anywhere in the country.”
The annual Legacy Lacrosse Cup entered its seventh year to remember Parker Jackson, a Milton High School lacrosse player who was killed in a car accident in 2006. The Legacy Cup was established in his memory.
Jackson was passionate about friendship, competitive lacrosse and his spirituality, so parents Bo and Lauren Jackson started the tournament in 2007 to promote his personal values. The tournament aims to honor Jackson’s legacy by communicating to student athletes how their everyday decisions can lead them to positively influence others.
This 25-game tournament features a high level of competition, with eight of the 16 men’s teams and eight of the 10 women’s teams playing in their respective state championships last year.
To learn more about the Legacy Cup, please visit www.legacylacrossecup.com. For more on Milton girls’ lacrosse, visit www.MiltonGirlsLax.com