By Zach Shugan
MILTON, Ga. — When it comes to girls lacrosse in Georgia, two teams have accounted for six state titles the past four seasons. Those teams are Milton, currently ranked No. 1 in Class 6A-7A, and Blessed Trinity, ranked No. 1 in Class A-5A.
The two teams squared off on a wet Wednesday night, and the 13-time state champions Milton (10-0, 4-0) cruised past the three-time state champions Blessed Trinity by a score of 21-8. Nine different players scored in the game for Milton, led by USC signee Maddie Dora, who finished with seven goals to her name.
After Blessed Trinity junior Reese Hart scored the first goal nearly four minutes into the game, Milton went on a 5-0 run and never looked back. Anytime the Titans were able to string together a couple goals, the Eagles responded with an even larger run of their own.
Milton led 11-4 at halftime following six unanswered goals near the end of the first half. Sophomores Emma Claire Mills and Emma Heenan each scored back-to-back goals in less than a minute, and seniors Dora and Brie Catts each added a goal during the run.
Blessed Trinity sophomore Jaclyn Johns scored two goals in an eight-second span early in the second half, making it a 14-7 game. From that point, Milton reeled off another 6-0 run and put the proverbial nail in the coffin.
Along with Dora’s seven-goal performance, Milton sophomore Maeve Simonds posted a hat trick and four others finished with two goals (Catts, Mills, Heenan and Sky Carrasquillo).
The win kept Milton’s 2021 record unblemished, a perfect 9-0 on the season. The next night, the Eagles went on the road and defeated Kell, 21-6, in a non-area contest to improve to 10-0 overall.
The Eagles have one area game remaining, as they’ll host No. 4 Roswell on Apr. 16 in a game that will decide who wins the area title and a one seed in the state playoffs. Like the Eagles, the Hornets are 4-0 in area play. They also took down Blessed Trinity two nights before Milton.
Before the de-facto Area 2 6A-7A championship game Apr. 16, Milton will take some time off for Spring Break and play a non-area game Apr. 13 at Class 6A-7A’s No. 9-ranked Johns Creek.
For Blessed Trinity, the loss to Milton was also their final game before Spring Break. The Titans will look to shake off back-to-back losses to local 7A schools when they return to action after the break. They will also play in a de-facto area championship game Apr. 20 at Class A-5A’s No. 6 Fellowship Christian (11-1, 4-0), with the winner taking the Area 5 A-5A title and one seed for the state playoffs.