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May 15, 2009

High School Notebook: Texas, Pa. Inter-Ac Titles on Tap

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Texas and Pennsylvania will have some changes in lacrosse championships starting this weekend.

The recent cancellation of a number of events due to the swine flu outbreak in the Southwest pushed back the boys' championship rounds of the Texas High School Lacrosse League to this weekend.

The semifinal round will be held Friday night and Saturday with the D-I and D-II title games set for Sunday. The D-II state championship game is at 11 a.m., with the D-I matchup to follow at 1:30 p.m., both at House Park Field in Austin.

The semifinals feature the following games: Central Catholic at Stony Point (Friday, 7:30 p.m.); Memorial at Coppell (Saturday, 10 a.m.); Bowie at Highland Park (Saturday, 5 p.m.) and St. Mark's at Strake Jesuit (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)

Pennsylvania's Inter-Ac League is going to have its first postseason boys' lacrosse tournament, set for this Friday and next Wednesday.

The games will be played on Dixon Field at Cabrini College. The semifinals are set for 5 p.m. Friday ,with No. 1 seed Haverford School playing the winner of the matchup between Nos. 4 and 5 William Penn Charter and Germantown Academy, respectively.

After that comes the 6:30 p.m. semifinal, where No. 2 Malvern Prep meets No. 3 Episcopal Academy.

The title game is Wednesday at 7 p.m.

"We are not a part of the PIAA state playoffs, we did not want our season to end after the regular season," said John Nostrant, lacrosse coach/athletic director at Haverford in a recent statement. "We are excited to have our own playoff system, which will feature several of the best teams in Eastern Pennsylvania."

Tickets for the semifinals and finals will be $5 per day and can be bought in advance on TicketLeap.com or at the game.

The Inter-Ac is made up of the following schools: Chestnut Hill Academy, Episcopal Academy, Germantown Academy, Haverford, Malvern Prep and William Penn Charter. 

Big Points

Opponents of the Springboro (Ohio) Lacrosse Club really hope that D.J. Hume doesn't have an average game. If he does, that could be big trouble.

Hume has carried the Springboro offense throughout the season, scoring 133 points in 16 games. He's got 90 goals and 43 assists, according to the team's web site, and has been nearly impossible to stop so far.

For Hume, the average game means 8.31 points per contest. The Ohio High School Lacrosse Association Web site said he's the state's leader in goals, points and points per game.

The team's second-leading scorer. Matt Garrett, has 63 points (38 goals, 25 assists).  

Paybacks are sweet

Last week's high school notebook had the story of how Liberty edged Century on a last-second save in the battle of two neighboring lacrosse powers in Carroll County, Md.

Century turned the tables when the two teams met this week in a Class 2A-1A West Region final. Katie Schwarzmann scored on a free-position shot in the final seconds to give the Knights a 16-15 victory and a berth in the state's final four.

Liberty kept Schwarzmann relatively quiet in the first game, but all that changed when the two teams met again. The county's all-time leader in goals got a free-position shot with two seconds left and scored. She finished with six goals.

All of that made Century coach Rose Pentz look pretty smart. When walking off the field after the first meeting, Pentz said that she was upset that her team had lost, but it wasn't the end of the world.

"I have a feeling we'll see them again in a few weeks," Pentz said.

She was right.

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