NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Nine North Fulton and Forsyth County lacrosse teams competed in the state quarterfinals May 9-10 with six programs earning berths in the semifinals.
Local teams swept the state titles last season and all four defending champions — the Milton and Blessed Trinity girls and Lambert and Blessed Trinity boys — are still in the running to repeat.
The Centennial boys are back in the semis for the third straight year and will look to make their first finals berth since their 2013 state championship season.
The West Forsyth girls will make their first appearance in the semifinals next week against Mill Creek.
The semifinals are slated for May 14-15.
Centennial 14, West Forsyth 4: Centennial earned its third straight trip to the semifinals May 10 with a strong performance against West Forsyth.
The Knights took a 7-2 lead into the half and doubled their scoring output in the second frame while holding West to only its fourth game with four goals or less.
The Knights will take on Walton in the semifinals.
Lambert 12, North Gwinnett 4: Lambert continued its hunt for a state title repeat May 10 by dispatching Area 1 champions Lassiter at home.
The Longhorns jumped out to an 8-2 lead at the half and cruised to their fourth straight semifinals appearance.
Lambert faces a familiar foe in the semifinals in Lassiter. The Longhorns and Trojans have met in the state finals the last three seasons. Lambert completed its undefeated season last year by downing Lassiter 12-6 for the state title.
Milton 19, Mountain View 3: Milton left no doubt May 9 and continued its perfect streak of semifinals appearances dating back to 2005 with a lopsided win over Mountain View.
The Eagles have outscored their playoff opponents 59-12 in the opening three rounds of the postseason.
Milton faces the winner of Walton/North Paulding in the semifinals.
Mill Creek 16, Roswell 6: Area 7 champions Mill Creek ousted Roswell from state title contention May 9 in the quarterfinals.
Mill Creek struck early and built a 6-0 lead before the Hornets scored three unanswered goals to cut the margin. However, the Hawks opened a 9-4 lead at the half and held Roswell to just two goals in the second frame..
The Hornets compiled a 12-6 overall record this season and reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 2012.
West Forsyth 10, Johns Creek 9 (OT): West Forsyth scored the sudden-death overtime goal to down Johns Creek and make program history with the program’s first appearance in the state semifinals May 9.
West trailed 9-7 in the final minutes but forced overtime with two late goals. The Wolverines then secured the dramatic win with a Cami Merkel goal on a free position.
West hosts Mill Creek in the semifinals.
Johns Creek, who downed Cambridge in overtime to reach the quarterfinals, compiled a 17-3 overall record this season and won the program’s first area championship.
Blessed Trinity 11, Greater Atlanta Christian 6: Blessed Trinity prevailed in a rematch of last year’s A-5A state title game by downing Greater Atlanta Christian May 9 to advance to the semifinals. BT beat the Spartans 6-5 last year to earn the program’s first state title.
The Titans opened a 7-0 lead in the first half and retained a seven-goal lead after three periods to secure the win.
BT faces Westminster/Starr’s Mill in the semifinals.
Lovett 15, Fellowship Christian 7: Fellowship Christian’s first trip to the state quarterfinals ended in disappointment May 9 with the Paladins falling to Lovett.
Fellowship trailed 8-4 after 25 minutes but Lovett pulled away in the second half.
The Paladins (16-4) set a program record for wins in a season during their 2019 campaign.
Blessed Trinity 10, Kell 9: Three-time defending state champions Blessed Trinity secured its trip to the state semifinals May 9 with a close win over fellow perennial state title contender Kell. Thursday’s result marked the second year the Titans have ousted Kell in the quarterfinals.
The Titans took the lead just over a minute into the contest, but Kell stayed close throughout the game. The Longhorns tied the game at 6-6 early in the second half before BT responded with three unanswered goals. Kell cut the lead to 10-9 with four minutes remaining, but BT held on to advance.
Blessed Trinity takes on McIntosh in the semifinals.