The Class AAAAAA girls’ lacrosse semifinals will feature an all-north Fulton battle as four-time defending champion Milton hosts local rival Centennial in a final four matchup Wednesday.
The game will feature a Milton (17-3) team that is the top-ranked squad in the latest laxpower.com state rankings and is going for its fifth state crown in a row and ninth in 10 years and a Centennial (14-6) squad that is ranked seventh in the state and have already surpassed last year’s quarterfinal result.
The winner will face either Lassiter or Walton in the AAAAAA girls’ finals Saturday.
Milton has rolled through the first two rounds of the playoffs, defeating Hillgrove 21-1 in the first round last Wednesday and West Forsyth 20-5 in the quarterfinals last Saturday.
“I thought we played well in our first two rounds,” Milton girls’ coach Tim Godby said. “The Hillgrove game was not any challenge. The West Forsyth game was a slow start, due to the rain we were playing in. We were working on some different things in that game to get better for future rounds.”
Emily Velez had two goals and four assists, while Mackenzie Lech and Hannah Davis had two goals and one assist and Taylor Catts had two goals to lead Milton in its win over Hillgrove.
Jessi Masenko had five goals and two assists, while Maddie Langley had four goals and two assists and Velez and Lech again each had three goals and one assist for the Eagles in their win over West Forsyth.
Centennial advanced to the semifinals with a 12-7 victory over Collins Hill in the first round last Wednesday and an 11-10 win over Harrison in the quarterfinals last Saturday.
“I am very pleased with our performance in the first two rounds of the playoffs so far,” Centennial girls’ coach Angela Brunner said. “As the rounds have progressed, we have shown our focus and grit in order to beat tough and well-coached teams. We have been on the road and have had to travel a great distance to play. We were very prepared for both games and knew what we needed to do in order to be successful.”
Both Milton and Roswell earned spots in the AAAAAA boys’ semifinals, which were played Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.
Second-ranked Milton (18-2) defeated Kennesaw Mountain in the first round last Tuesday and edged out north Fulton rival Johns Creek 13-12 in the quarterfinals last Friday to earn a semifinal matchup with Lambert.
Sixth-ranked Roswell (15-3) beat East Coweta 14-6 in the first round last Tuesday and won over local rival Centennial 12-10 in the quarterfinals to move on to a semifinal contest with Walton.
It is the second semifinal appearance in a row for the Hornets, who made it to the final four for the first time in school history last year.
Andrew Thomas and Garrett Blake had four points each, while Preston Tippett, Joey Tomassi and Ian Hurley each had three points for Roswell in its win over East Coweta.Thomas and Tippett each led the Hornets with four points in their win over Centennial, while Blake and Tanner Schneider contributed three points each.
“We worked very hard to prepare for both rounds of the playoffs,” Roswell coach Alex Chrzanowski said. “Our players and coaches are very dedicated and determined to keep winning. This varsity team is made up of some special players. We have focused a lot on teamwork and it shows. Last week’s game with Centennial was one of our best games and it felt good to win on the road. A lot of players stepped up to give us the advantage.”
In the A-AAAAA girls’ playoffs, Blessed Trinity (12-6) defeated Marist 15-6 in the first round last Tuesday and McIntosh 13-12 in the quarterfinals last Friday to advance to a semifinal game with Kell Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.