Texas THSLL: Dallas Jesuit, Colleyville Claim Championships
The Texas High School Lacrosse League champions were crowned Sunday afternoon on the turf of Eagle Stadium, the immaculate high school football venue built by the Allen Independent School District and first used in 2012.
And it was a new Division 1 champion hoisting the trophy at the day's end, as the Dallas Jesuit Rangers ran away with a 9-4 victory over reigning champion Highland Park. After leading 3-1 at the half, the Rangers used a four-goal run across the third and fourth quarters to pull away and stun the Scots, who had defeated Jesuit by a score of 9-6 in the regular season.
Leading the way for Dallas Jesuit was David Sprock (Virginia), Garrett Munck (Skidmore) and Zack Kissick (North Carolina) each contribued two goals an assist in the win, with Sprock earning the game's Offensive MVP honors. Standout defender John Michael Priddy (Michigan) earned Defensive MVP honors for the victors, while netminder Luke Millican (Penn) was named overall MVP of the game after a solid showing in the cage.
We caught up with Jesuit head coach Chris Surran -- who starred as a goalie at Syracuse in the '90s -- after the win, an interview you can view here.
The THSLL Division 2 championship saw a hard-fought contest between Colleyville and McKinney, two more teams from the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
The Panthers, who fell in the 2015 THSLL D2 final to Highland Park's second varsity team, used a couple of late goals to pull away from McKinney and hold on for a 7-5 win, the program's first as a D2 squad in Texas.
The Panthers were led by Maddux Middaugh, who put up three goals in the victory. He was named the Colleyville Offensive MVP after the game, while netminder Wyatt Morgan took the overall MVP honors.
After the game, we spoke with Colleyville head coach Gary Dennington. Dennington came to Colleyville in 2013, and he'd previously coached at Coppell and helped turn that program into one of Texas' best. See our interview with Dennington here. And, if you missed it, take a look at our semifinals recap and big photo gallery.