Six Midlands teams have qualified for the state lacrosse playoffs that start on Tuesday.
A.C. Flora and Chapin have boys and girls teams in the mix, along with the Lexington boys and the Spring Valley girls. All of the Midlands teams are in the Lower State bracket.
Flora hosts a first round doubleheader at Bolden Stadium. The 9-3 Falcon girls take on Academic Magnet at 5:30 p.m. while the 8-5 ACF boys face Lexington in the nightcap.
Senior Carson Brantley, Jenna Haynes and Mary Riley Clayton power the Flora attack. Brantley leads the way with 43 goals and 53 points, Haynes has tallied 30 goals and Clayton has 31 goals and a team-high 16 assists on the books. The veteran trio also leads the way in the key groundball statistic. Brantley has 69, Clayton 62 and Haynes 54. Clayton leads the team with a .434 draw percentage. Freshman Peyton Pratt is the top goaltender with a 6-2 record.
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The Flora boys squad sports a balanced attack. Juniors Jack Adams and Ike McIntosh share the team scoring lead with 44 points. Adams has 41 goals, while McIntosh has 26 goals and 18 assists. Fellow juniors George King (24 goals, 31 points) and Daniel Salas (11 goals, 24 assists) and sophomore Frank Peacock (15 goals, 11 assists) are solid producers, as well. Senior Reese Mathis is the defensive standout, averaging 5.8 ground balls per game to go along with a team-leading seven interceptions. He also tops the team with a .478 success rate on 136 draws.
A.C. Flora’s boys put together a 2-1 playoff run last year, falling to powerhouse Wando in the Lower State title game. It was the first time any Midlands boys team managed to win a playoff game since lacrosse debuted as an officially sanctioned sport in 2010.
The Falcon girls are back in the postseason for the first time since the inaugural 2010 campaign.
Lexington (8-6) is looking to avenge a 12-7 loss to the Falcons on March 19 and a 13-2 first-round setback against Flora in its first-ever playoff game last spring.
Juniors Scotty Gavlin (40 goals, 11 assists) and Scott Craig (31 goals, 7 assists) are the top offensive threats. Senior Jim Brittingham leads the team with 58 groundballs. Junior Jeremiah Davies and senior Ryan Hawsey are dependable on draws. Hawsey has a solid .541 percentage on 98 draws.
At Chapin, the Eagle girls (7-5) and boys team both draw Hilton Head in the first round at Cecil Woolbright Stadium.
Senior star Kathleen Mirgon hopes to cap a brilliant career by leading the Eagles on a long playoff run. Mirgon has amassed 66 goals and 34 assists as well as an amazing 147 groundballs.
Sophomores Erin Landry (29 goals, 34 points) Lindsay Hoos (19 goals, 30 points) and Cameron Partrich (22 goals, 28 points) and senior Allie Siegfried (21 goals, 30 points) also have played key roles in Chapin’s potent attack. Senior Samantha Poppleton has 83 groundballs. Siegried is the top Eagle with a .502 percentage on 221 draws.
The Eagle girls have qualified for the third time in five years, and hope to build on last season’s 1-1 showing.
The Chapin boys have made the postseason cut for the first time.
Spring Valley’s girls (9-4) have a tough first-round match at Wando, the No. 2 seed in the Lower State.
Senior Rimel Mwamba has been as dominant as Chapin’s Mirgon with 75 goals, 153 groundballs and an eye-opening .678 success rate on 87 draws.
The Vikings are a playoff team for the fourth year in a row but are still looking for their first postseason win.