NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY Ga. — Over 20 local girls and boys lacrosse teams will vie for state championships beginning this week with the state tournament slated to start May 1.
The boys and girls of Blessed Trinity, Lambert boys and Milton girls will look to repeat as state champions.
The Blessed Trinity girls are seeking a state title four-peat and will have a bye in the first round after capturing the Area 5 championship. The Titans (13-4-1) averaged 14 goals per game in the regular season.
The BT boys will look to defend their title as state champs after capturing the program’s first state title with a dramatic win over Greater Atlanta Christian in the A-5A finals last season. The boys squad captured the Area 5 title with an undefeated record. The Titans (12-6) take on Mount de Sales in the first round.
The Milton girls are in a strong position to continue their amazing dynasty this season as they hunt their 13th state championship. The Eagles enter the playoffs with a 16-1 overall record with wins over some of the top girls programs in the country and are ranked No. 1 in the state by MaxPreps.
The Milton boys also earned a postseason berth as the No. 2 seed from Area 2 and will take on Newnan in the first round. The boys team enters the playoffs with a 13-4 overall record.
After compiling a perfect record last season to capture the 6A-7A state title, the Lambert boys have again been the team to beat, a feat only one team accomplished in the regular season. The Longhorns defeated opponents by an average of nine goals per game in the regular season.
The Lambert girls (10-8) return to the playoffs this season after missing out on a postseason berth in 2018. The Longhorns earned the No. 3 seed from Area 6 and will go on the road to face Mountain View in the first round.
Centennial’s girls and boys squads earned postseason berths and both teams will be home in the first round.
The boys earned the No. 2 seed from Area 1 behind Lambert and will host Pope in the first round. The Knights and Lambert have met in the semifinals the past two years with the Longhorns taking both games. The two teams will not meet in the playoffs unless both squads reach the state finals.
The Centennial girls also earned the No. 2 seed from Area 1. The Knights challenging late-game schedule could prove beneficial in the playoffs with Centennial closing out the season against Mill Creek, Johns Creek and Milton.
The Roswell boys enter the playoffs after capturing the Area 2 championship with an undefeated record against area opponents. The Hornets (14-1) enter the playoffs as the No. 4 ranked team in the state by MaxPreps. Roswell has scored 11 or more goals in 13 of its regular season games while holding opponents to single-digit scoring in 12 contests.
The Roswell girls will take on Harrison to open postseason play as the No. 3 seed from Area 2.
The Cambridge (12-4)girls fell to crosstown rivals Milton for the Area 2 title but will begin the playoffs at home with the No. 2 seed. The Bears put together a strong regular season with their only three losses to in-state opponents coming from eventual area champions.
The Cambridge boys team will take on Hillgrove in the first round. The Bears (6-10) reached the second round of the playoffs last season.
Both Johns Creek teams are in the playoffs with the girls entering the postseason after capturing a dramatic 12-10 win over Centennial for the Area 1 championship, the program’s first area title. The Gladiators face Kennesaw Mountain to open the state tournament.
The boys team earned the No. 3 seed and are on the road in the first round against Walton.
Northview will take on Area 4 champions Lassiter in the first round of the boys bracket. The Titans enter the playoffs on a three-game win streak.
West Forsyth’s girls squad captured the Area 6 title with a 6-0 record against area opponents to earn the No. 1 seed and will face Brookwood in the first round. The Wolverines’ challenging regular season schedule could pay dividends in the postseason. Half of West’s regular season losses were to out-of-state opponents.
The Alpharetta girls earned their second straight postseason berth as the No. 4 seed from Area 2. The Raiders (10-6) face Area 3 champions Hillgrove in the first round.
Though Chattahoochee’s girls team compiled a 14-3 overall record in the regular season, the Cougars enter the playoffs as the No. 3 seed from Area 2 with loses to area opponents Johns Creek and Centennial. However, the Cougars enter round one after winning six of their last seven games, including victories over multiple playoff teams.
Fellowship Christian will be represented by its boys and girls teams in the first round as the No. 2 seeds from Area 5.
The boys compiled a 13-3 overall record in the regular season and have held 10 opponents to single-digit scoring. The Paladins face First Presbyterian Day in the first round.
Fellowship’s girls squad face Stratford Academy to open postseason play. The Paladins suffered just one loss in the regular season to eventual area champions Blessed Trinity. Fellowship outscored its regular season opponents by an average of eight goals per game.
Pinecrest Academy boys are in the playoffs for the first time in program history after earning the No. 4 seed from Area 4. Pinecrest enter the playoffs with a 10-6 record and face Area 1 champions Marist in the first round.
In just their second year as a varsity program, the King's Ridge girls team earned a playoff berth with the No. 4 seed from Area 5. The Tigers took down Mount Pisgah 12-10 in the final area game of the regular season to clinch the playoff berth.
The Tigers take on Area 8 champions Columbus in the first round.