High School Boys

March 8, 2016
Furman-bound Ashton Baca is the South Player of the Week after eclipsing 100 goals and 200 points for Greenville (S.C.) last week.
Furman-bound Ashton Baca is the South Player of the Week after eclipsing 100 goals and 200 points for Greenville (S.C.) last week.

Nike/LM South Region Boys' Report: Greenville (S.C.) Star Reaches Two Milestones

by Laurel Pfahler | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

The Nike/Lacrosse Magazine National High School Top 25, Regional Top 10 and Players to Watch were released in the March edition. With several South Region teams already in competition, this is the second in-season installment of weekly reports. The first in-season West and Mid-Atlantic reports will drop March 15, the Midwest debuts March 22 and the Northeast gets underway March 29.


1. Highland Park (Texas), 4-1: It's tough to fault the Fighting Scots for a 9-6 loss to nationally-ranked St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), especially considering they bounced back to beat Bellarmine Prep (Calif.) on Monday. HP lost to St. Ignatius by the exact same score last year and went on to win a state title. Previous Ranking: 1

2. St. Andrew's (Fla.), 10-0: The Scots added another three wins last week, most notably holding off Jupiter 8-7 in overtime. Davis Diamond put in the game-winner on a second-chance shot for his lone goal of the night. Previous Ranking: 2

3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), 6-0: The Raiders handed Plantation-American Heritage (Fla.) its first loss, 12-5, March 1. They face travel for a rematch of last year's state title game March 11 at defending champ Lake Highland Prep (4-5). Previous Ranking: 4

4. Centennial (Ga.), 4-0: The Knights picked up an out-of-state win in beating 2015 Tennessee state runner-up Memphis University School 12-9 on March 5. Junior Luke Sadd won 16 of 19 faceoffs and goalie Eric Cecere collected 21 saves. Previous Ranking: 5

5. Dallas Jesuit (Texas), 7-0: The Rangers have played lights-out defense, allowing no more than five goals in any game. They get a little break now but return to face national power Gonzaga (D.C.) on March 18. Previous Ranking: 6

6. Lambert (Ga.), 6-0: The Longhorns routed two-time defending Class 6A champion Roswell (Ga.), 12-1, on March 1. Eric Overbay led Lambert with two goals and two assists, and Trey Arnold went 10 of 14 on faceoffs. Previous Ranking: 8

7. Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 11-0: The Sharks continue to roll, last week adding a 15-10 win over Nease (Fla.), which is now 8-2. They'll likely carry that momentum into a big game against Jupiter on Friday. Previous Ranking: 9

8. Episcopal Dallas (Texas), 4-0: The Eagles have outscored their last two opponents 41-6. The next big test is Friday at rival St. Mark's, which is 6-3. Previous Ranking: 7

9. IMG Academy (Fla.), 9-1: The Ascenders passed another test in beating Lake Highland Prep 14-7 on March 1, but Benjamin (Fla.) comes calling Saturday. Previous Ranking: 10

10. Cardinal Gibbons (N.C.), 2-0: The Crusaders jump into the top 10 with a pair of in-state wins over to start the season, including a 9-5 win over Lake Norman on Saturday. Mark Schachte led Gibbons with four goals in a 16-7 season-opening win over Durham Academy. Previous Ranking: NR


Ashton Baca, Greenville (S.C.)

The senior achieved two milestones last week in a 12-6 win over Mauldin (S.C.) on March 1, surpassing 100 goals and 200 points for his career. After adding another three goals and two assists in a 16-13 victory over Nation Ford on Saturday, Baca now has 107 goals and 108 assists (215 points), including 21 goals and 12 assists (33 points) this season. The two-time All-American is headed to Furman next season.

Also notable: Davis Diamond, St. Andrew's (Fla.); Benjamin Graves, Montgomery Bell Academy (Tenn.); Eric Overbay, Lambert (Ga.); Luke Sadd, Centennial (Ga.)


March 1

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