It was yet another state championship for host Milton, which defeated Walton 16-13 in the AAAAAA girls’ title game for its ninth crown in 10 years.
“It’s awesome,” Milton girls’ coach Tim Godby said. “This is the 10th year in a row that we’ve played in this game and it’s a great feeling to be here. It’s such an exciting atmosphere. With all these people from school coming out and watching the game and supporting us, it’s just special.”
The experience was a new one for host Roswell, which edged out Lambert 6-5 in the AAAAAA boys’ championship contest to claim the first state title in the program’s history.
Milton’s ninth state championship certainly didn’t come easy as Walton hung close to the Eagles through most of the game.
Milton surged to a 9-4 lead with 7:07 remaining in the first half before Walton came back with four unanswered goals to cut the Eagles’ lead to 9-8 at halftime.
The Raiders continued to stay close in the early part of the second half, but Milton broke a 10-all tie with five straight goals to pull away and take control of the game.
“I think we played well,” Godby said.
“We struggled a little bit getting 50-50 balls – that’s part of the game. It was tough to get it going offensively for a little while and we did just enough. We made a run and we got a lead in the first half and let them get back into it. We just had to make adjustments offensively and defensively to try to get us an advantage. But, give Walton a lot of credit. They played a great game. They executed their game plan well. They came out and played hard. We just did enough things right to win.”
Brooke Winsness had four goals and one assist, while Emily Velez also scored four goals to lead Milton.
The Eagles also got two goals from Maggie Degnan as well as a goal and an assist from Emma Harden and one goal each from Taylor Catts, Jessi Masenko, Claire Smith, Maddie Langley and Mackenzie Lech.
Milton advanced to the finals with an 18-5 semifinal win over north Fulton rival Centennial last Wednesday.
Masenko had five goals and one assist, while Velez added three goals and two assists to lead the Eagles.
In the AAAAAA boys’ championship game, Roswell led the entire game as it led 5-3 at halftime and held on to that advantage in the second half.
“We are incredibly proud to have won the Georgia AAAAAA state men’s lacrosse championship,” Roswell coach Alex Chrzanowski said.
“The team worked hard from the beginning, enduring our fall and winter with tireless workouts and running. Moving into the season, we saw early challenges we needed to work out, It was a great benefit to be able to pinpoint areas of weakness early on in the season and make changes, which resulted in great improvement. We have a very special group of players, parents and coaching staff. It meant so much to us to play and win on our home turf.”
Andrew Thomas scored two goals, while Tanner Fant, Niko Gekas, Kyle Keepers and Ian Hurley each had one goal for the Hornets.
Roswell earned its state finals spot with a 12-8 win over Walton last Tuesday.
The Northview boys also brought home a state championship to north Fulton after beating Lovett 9-8 in the AAAAA-A boys’ finals last Saturday.
It was the first boys’ lacrosse title for Northview (21-1), which got 15 saves from goalie Connor Redmond.
The Titans made it to the AAAAA-A title game after beating Pope 16-5 in the semifinals last Wednesday.