By Zach Shugan
MILTON, Ga. — Another year, another area title won by the Milton girls lacrosse team.
Milton hosted Roswell in the de-facto area championship game Friday night, and it was business as usual for the state’s No. 1-ranked team. The Eagles overpowered the Hornets in front of a large crowd, winning 20-7 to take home their 16th consecutive area title.
“We knew coming in that Roswell is a good team,” Milton director of lacrosse Tim Godby said. “We had to be ready to play. They’re well coached. I was happy to see we came out hot and ready to go. That’s the way we need to be. And this was kind of like a championship atmosphere too because you have a huge crowd and the girls can’t hear you on the field. It was a great experience to help us get ready for the playoffs.”
Milton (13-0, 6-0) took control of the game early, scoring five unanswered goals in the first six minutes. Seniors Maddie Dora and Sky Carrasquillo both got off to a hot start, contributing two goals each in the Eagles’ opening run.
After Roswell (13-2, 5-1) broke through with a goal by Caroline Kardian, Milton responded with another major run. The Eagles strung six unanswered goals together to take a commanding 11-1 lead over the Hornets with 11:48 remaining in the first half.
The pace slowed down to end the first half, and Milton took a 14-3 lead into halftime. It would have taken a major turnaround by Roswell and a catastrophic performance by Milton, neither of which happened, for the game’s outcome to be swayed in the second half.
Milton outscored Roswell 6-4 in the final 25 minutes, as the Eagles cruised to their 28th win in a row since Apr. 6, 2019.
Dora led the Eagles with eight goals, six of which came in the first half. Carrasquillo and Brie Catts both added three goals. Others to score for Milton were Haly Hawks (2), Emily Simkin (1), Emma Heenan (1), Maeve Simonds (1) and Taylor Kozina (1).
The three-time defending state champion Milton will enter the upcoming 6A-7A state tournament as a one seed. In the first round, which will be played across the state Apr. 28-29, the Eagles will host the four seed from Area 3, which includes times like East Coweta, Harrison and McEachern.
“We know we have to be ready. We’re not going to take anybody lightly,” Godby said.
Roswell was led in scoring by senior Hannah Davis, who netted a hat trick. The Hornets will be a two seed in the state playoffs, hosting the three seed out of Area 3 in the first round.