Centennial, who experienced a breakout year from start to finish in 2013, capped off their banner year with a 15-12 win over Lambert in their state championship match — winning their first state title as a program and ending the Longhorns bid for a third straight championship in the process.
Trailing 4-3 at the end of one quarter, the Knights rallied to take a 10-6 lead at the half.
Lambert closed the margin to 13-12 midway through the final period before senior Brad Mals and junior Britton Board scored late goals to seal a 15-12 home victory.
“[Lambert] definitely had the championship game experience so we knew it was going to be a tight game the whole way,” said Centennial lacrosse coach Bryan Wallace. “We just used a great home field advantage, rode the hot streak we have been on, and played a great game to beat a great team.”
Nate Solomon, Alex Prescott, Austin Prescott, Brendan Hall, Ryan Carvin and Zach Levy each scored two goals for the Knights in the victory.
Solomon led all players with six assists, Levy dominated the circle with 20 faceoff wins, and goalie Joe Delia made 10 saves.
In a similar game of back-and-forth early, the Milton Lady Eagles pulled away late against Lassiter to win 10-7 — claiming their fourth straight state championship and eighth since the GHSA began sanctioning the sport in 2005.
Lassiter struck first in the match, jumping out to a 2-0 lead before the Lady Eagles closed out the first half on a 5-2 run.
Milton extended the lead to 10-5 late in the fourth quarter before Lassiter tossed in the final two scores and the clock ran out on a 10-7 final.
“We played some of the best defense we have played all year,” said Milton girls coach Tim Godby of the win. “Once we got up 5-4 we never lost the lead and we held them scoreless in the second half until the game was out of reach.”
Milton goalie Caroline Youngs led the defense in net, stopping 12 Lassiter shots en route to victory.
The Milton offense was sparked by three goals each from Annie Ruland and Jessi Masinko. Ruland also had two assists in the win and Brooke Wisiness scored a goal of her own.
Northview’s boys’ team also played for a state championship in Class A-AAAAA but dropped their final match to Westminster 8-4. Josh Porter scored three goals for the Titans.