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2019 Southeast Region Boys Lacrosse Preview

by Mike Loveday

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Whether you’re looking for the players who led your state in scoring and return or want to know the up-and-coming players in your region, LaxRecords.com has your in-depth look at the players, teams, and coaches to watch for the 2019 boys high school lacrosse season.

Below you will find the storylines, coaches, and teams to watch for the upcoming season.

If you’re looking for the Southeast Region’s leading returning scorers along with the Players to Watch in the Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021, you can find that here.

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2019 Preview

What You Need to Know 

Mountain Brook (Ala.) has the second longest active win streak in the region at 15 games.

Lambert (Ga.) enters the season with a 22-game winning streak, which is the longest active streak in the region.  Odd numbered years are good to Westminster (Ga.) with the Wildcats winning championships in 2017, 2015 and 2013.

Jupiter (Fla.) boasts four college commits from a team that was the first public school team to win a Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) championship. The Warriors defeated Bishop Moore (Fla.) 11-8 to take home the programs first championship. A familiar name to New York lacrosse fans will be on the sidelines at Bishop Verot (Fla.) as Tony Ventiquattro takes over as head coach and his father, Hall of Famer Kirk Ventiquattro, will be an assistant coach. Kirk stepped down from Carthage (N.Y.) after the 2018 season and has guided more than 200 players to the collegiate ranks, including Ryan, Casey and Mike Powell, Josh and Jason Coffman, and his own sons, Tony and Mario. Bishop Verot went 8-8 in 2018, earning a district runner-up title.

It’s not a stretch to pencil in a Louisville Trinity (Ky.) or Louisville St. Xavier (Ky.) championship game this season as one of those teams have won a championship every year since 2002. Lexington Catholic (Ky.) and Henry Clay (Ky.) have met for the KIA championship in each of the last three seasons. Tanner Demling from Lacrossebucket.com was on a recent podcast and gives more insight into the teams and players to watch in the state this season.

Weddington (N.C.) has won the last two Class 1A/2A/3A championships and returns Anthony Todaro and James Shipley to the lineup this season. Todaro is a junior and went from 36 points as a freshman to 114 points last season. The Class 4A champion has been won by a different team in each of the last five seasons. Lake Norman (N.C.) won it last season. The Wildcats return junior Tucker Goodelle who was second on the team with 49 goals last year. Middle Creek (N.C.) graduated the state’s all-time leading scorer in Owen Caputo but returns Jake Caputo who was second on the team with 95 points. Christ School (N.C.) has won the last two Division I NCISAA championships. The NCISAA titles tend to run in streaks with several teams winning at least three in a row since 1996. The Division II championship was won by Southlake Christian Academy (N.C.).

Wando (S.C.) won its fourth-consecutive state title and returns leading scorer Tommy Marcoon who totaled 71 points on 42 goals and 29 assists. Sophomore Nathan Fasanaro also returns after scoring 64 points as a freshman. Oceanside Collegiate (S.C.) made waves last season after winning the Class 4A championship in the program's first year. The Landsharks defeated Fort Mill (S.C.), Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) and Greenville (S.C.) on the way to the title.  There was only one senior on the team last year - leading scorer Riley Seay. Everyone else returns including senior Colin Reich (75 points) and junior Cooper Rhue (47 points).

Tennessee made news in the offseason with the sanctioning of the sport, making 2019 the final year as an unsanctioned sport. 2018 marked the first time there was a public and private school tournament, giving more thanks than ever the chance to take home hardware. Memphis University School (Tenn.) won its third-straight title and its seventh in eight years. Head Coach Elliott Dent has more championships than any coach in state history with 13. 

The Woodlands (Texas) broke through last season, winning its first THSLL championship.  It marked the first time a team other than Dallas Jesuit (Texas), Highland Park (Texas), Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas) or St. Mark’s (Texas) had not won the title since 2011 when Coppell (Texas) won it all. Head coach Keith Tintle has only lost three games over the last two seasons and won 45. Jay Sothoron takes over as head coach at Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas) after Pat Kennedy moved on to become an assistant coach at Culver Academy (Ind.). Kennedy was the head coach at ESD since 2011. Ryan Cassidy, Director of TxLaxNews.com was on a recent podcast and gives more insight into the teams and players to watch in the state this season.

Coaches Approaching Milestones

Elliott Dent from Memphis University School needs 17 wins to reach 300 in his career, which would make him just the second coach in state history to reach that mark. He would join McCallie School (Tenn.) head coach Troy Kemp.

Brad Touma needs 18 wins to reach 500 in his career for Charlotte Country Day (N.C.).

With 12 wins, Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) head coach Bo Turner will reach 400 career wins. He will be just the second coach in state history to reach that mark.

Jeff Miles is nine wins away from reaching 200 in his coaching career at Christ School (N.C.).

Lake Mary (Fla.) head coach Garrick Robinson needs three wins for 200. 

Brian Theiss at Providence School (Fla.) needs nine for 200.

Players Approaching Milestones

Georgia has a host of players set to reach personal and national milestones this season. Three players have a shot at reaching 400 career points this season.

Ryan Siracusa from Centennial (Ga.) should reach 400 points this season. The Maryland commit enters the year with 314.

A trio of 2020 players could reach 300 career points this season. Eric Malever of Woodward Academy (Ga.), Ben Hull of Kennesaw Mountain (Ga.) and Brooks Baro of McIntosh (Ga.) could all reach the milestone. Malever and Hull have shots at reaching 400 this year with Malvever the safe bet. The Maryland commit needs 115 points to reach 400 and is coming off a 165-point season.

After a season in which two players broke North Carolina’s record for most points in a career, the Tarheel state also features several players with milestones in sight.

Van Parker is 18 points away from joining the 300 Club for Broughton (N.C.). The Air Force commit reached 200 career goals last season and should reach 100 career assists in 2019. Kevin Ritter of Wakefield (N.C.) needs 41 points to reach 300 and James Shipley of Weddington (N.C.) needs 98 points to reach 300. Jake Caputo from Middle Creek (N.C.) scored 25 more points as a junior than as a sophomore and enters the year needing 68 for 300. The Duke commit averaged 4.3 points per game last season. They would be the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st players in state history to reach that plateau.

Last Year’s IL Region Ranking and Results

1.   Woodlands (Texas) 
Last Year’s Record: 22-1
Result Last Year: Texas Division I champion
College Commits: 4

2.   Lambert (Ga.) 
Last Year’s Record: 22-0
Result Last Year: Georgia Class 6A champion
College Commits: 3

3.   Highland Park (Texas) 
Last Year’s Record: 13-3
Result Last Year: THSLL Final Four
College Commits: 4

4.   Jupiter (Fla.) 
Last Year’s Record: 21-2
Result Last Year: FHSAA champion
College Commits: 4

5.   Bishop Moore (Fla.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-3 
Result Last Year: FHSAA runner-up
College Commits: 1

6.   Ponte Vedra (Fla.) 
Last Year’s Record: 18-6
Result Last Year: FHSAA Final Four
College Commits: 6

7.   Lassiter (Ga.)  
Last Year’s Record: 17-5
Result Last Year: Georgia Class 6A champion
College Commits: 1

8.   Episcopal School Dallas (Texas) 
Last Year’s Record: 14-3
Result Last Year: THSLL Final Four
College Commits: 4

9.   St. Andrew’s (Fla.)  
Last Year’s Record: 17-3
Result Last Year: FHSAA Final Four
College Commits: 3

10.   Lake Norman (N.C.) 
Last Year’s Record: 22-2 
Result Last Year: NCHSAA Class 4A champion
College Commits: 1

2018 Region Champions

Alabama

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
IMountain Brook (15-0)Spain Park (14-3)10-9Brian Doud

Florida

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
AllJupiter (21-2)Bishop Moore (19-3)11-8Nick O'Hara

Georgia

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
6ALambert (22-0)Lassiter (17-5)12-6Josh Sagel
5ABlessed Trinity (18-3)Greater Atlanta Christian (18-4)6-5Bobby Parker

Kentucky

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
KlALexington Catholic (14-6)Henry Clay (14-5)13-11Matt Campbell
KSLLSt. Xavier (16-6)Trinity (14-5)12-4Scott Howe

Louisiana

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
AllSt. Thomas More (15-4)St. Paul's (14-1)20-10Byrnes Tatford

North Carolina

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
NCHSAA 4ALake Norman (22-2)Middle Creek (21-1)13-11James Brugger
NCHSAA 3A/2A/1AWeddington (19-2)East Chapel Hill (19-2)20-6Britton Short
NCISAA IChrist School (17-3)Providence Day (19-5)18-9Jeff Miles
NCISAA IISouthlake Christian Academy (13-4)Cape Fear Academy (14-6)17-14Brian McCarthy

South Carolina

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
SCHSL 5AWando (12-4)Dutch Fork (15-2)15-8Lance Renes
SCHSL 4AOceanside Collegiate (13-2)Greenville (8-9)15-5Tom Harris
SCISAPorter-Gaud (13-2)Hammond School (12-6)12-10David Scully

Tennessee

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
Private D-IMemphis University School (14-4)McCallie School (10-4)10-5Elliot Dent
Private D-IIEnsworth (13-5)Briarcrest Christian (10-6)6-3Mark Cahak
Public D-IHouston (15-4)Brentwood (15-3)16-11Steve Anderson
Public D-IIMurfreesboro (11-4)Soddy Daisy (13-2)15-12Paul Mosey

Texas

ClassChampionRunner-upScoreWinning Coach
IThe Woodlands (22-1)St. Mark's (14-8)10-6Keith Tintle
IIHighland Park II (15-2)Prosper (16-4)10-7Ross Thomson

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