KENNESAW, Ga. — Milton’s reign over Georgia high school girls lacrosse continued May 18 with the Eagles capturing their third straight championship and 13th overall in the 15 seasons since the GHSA recognized lacrosse as a state championship sport. The Eagles have not been beaten by an in-state team since the 2016 state finals.
Milton needed no luck to capture championship 13 at Kennesaw State University. Instead, the Eagles used a dominant performance to build a six-goal lead at halftime and outscored Mill Creek 8-1 in the second frame by controlling possession.
While the Eagles have made state championships a habit, it was apparent by the reactions of Milton players and coaches that lifting the state title trophy has not lost its novelty.
“Even at No. 13, it doesn’t get old,” Milton head coach Tim Godby said. “The stress is still there every year, and the hard work is still there every year. But we have a great team. This may be the best team we’ve ever had. We just dominated all over the field in all phases of the game, and we didn’t give them a chance to get in it at all.”
Though Mill Creek found the back of the net six times in the first half, the Eagles were still well in control and doubled the Hawks’ scoring in first 25 minutes.
“We had to make a couple of adjustments, we were running some players in and out and we got mismatched a few times,” Godby said. “But as soon as we figured out what they were doing we were able to shut it down. And defensively we didn’t have to do much because we dominated possession (in the second half).”
Milton continually won draws and cycled the ball effectively to keep Mill Creek’s offense stagnant. Meanwhile, Skyler and Brianna Carrasquillo, Belle and Maddie Dora, Brie Catts, Marleigh Sanders, Erin Degnan and Lauren Noonan lit up the Hawks for 20 goals, with the Eagles scoring seemingly at will in the second half.
The state title was the third for Milton’s talent-rich senior class who have left an impressive legacy on the Milton program, and the future is bright for those returning next season,” Godby said.
“We have some girls who are going to be hard to replace,” he said. “Our seniors were unselfish, they played hard and had really great talent, but hopefully we’ll keep on rolling and find a way to get back here.”