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Saint Andrew’s Captures Three-Peat
Dynasty status has been reached in South Florida where Saint Andrew’s (Fla.) has now won
three straight state championships.
On Saturday, the Scots defeated Bolles (Fla.) 9-8 in the FHSAA 1A state championship game.
Bolles goalie Garrett Jobe (Queens signee) made 18 saves to anchor an incredible Bulldogs’
defensive effort. However, it wouldn’t be quite enough as the Scots would end the day as one-
Connor Hofbauer put home the game-winner for the Scots with 4:39 remaining. The game-
winner marked his fourth score of the day as he led the Scots’ offense in the contest.
Moses Perry got Saint Andrew’s on the board just 65 seconds into the contest and two sides
would proceed to trade blows through the better part of the first half. The Scots held a 3-2 lead
entering the second quarter. A Nick Testa strike at the 5:12 mark of the second tied things up at
4-4 for the Scots and sparked what would be their largest run of the day as they added three more
before the half was over to take a 7-4 advantage into the locker room.
A Hofbauer score with 4:33 left in the third made it an 8-4 game and swayed even more
momentum the Scots way. Bolles, however, had a run of their own in them.
The Bulldogs struck back quickly with a score from Daylin John-Hill to end their dry spell and
make it a three-game goal once more. John-Hill would score twice more while Parker Kane put
one home on a man-up score during the run. That four-goal stretch ended with John-Hill’s third
of the day and tied things up at 8-8 with 7:07 remaining.
Bolles has multiple opportunities to take the lead but was turned away each time. Hofbauer’s
game-winner would come in transition off a big Scots defensive stop that came after a long
stretch of game where the Scots were on defense for most of it.
The Scots defense would turn away multiple more Bolles efforts down the stretch, including one
in the dying seconds of the contest, to secure the victory and go home with a third state title in
Lake Mary Completes Undefeated Season
In the FHSAA 2A state championship game, Lake Mary (Fla.) defeated St. Thomas Aquinas
Lake Mary’s title is its first in program history and sees the squad end the year with a perfect 24-
0 record. The win also denied the Raiders a chance at repeating as champions after winning last
Caden Harshbarger (North Carolina commit) led the way for the Rams in the win with a hat
The Rams never trailed as they went wire-to-wire for the win. Lake Mary took a 5-0 advantage
into the half but St. Thomas Aquinas was able to cut the Rams lead to 5-2 early in the third
quarter with a pair of scores from Bobby Windesheim and James Finch. That short spurt,
however, proved to be the only real momentum the Raiders were able to build all day.
Lake Mary scored five of the final eight goals to pull away and secure the victory. Harshbarger
has a pair during that stretch to help the Rams put this one away.
Championship Week Set in Georgia
Champions will be crowned in the Peach State this week in all three classifications.
In 1A-4A, Westminster will play Wesleyan in the first semifinal while Starr’s Mill will play
Lovett in the other.
In 5A-6A, Marist will face Allatoona and Roswell will face Cambridge in the semifinals this
In the first ever 7A state tournament, South Forsyth and Lambert will meet in one semifinal
while West Forsyth and Buford will meet in the other semifinal game.
The semifinals will set after last week’s quarterfinal contests. The most high-profile of those was
West Forsyth beating North Paulding 10-7. The Wolverines used a 5-2 first half to get ahead and
were able to hold on through a strong second-half effort from the Wolfpack. The Wolverines will
now move to semifinals where they will face Buford, who is the lone team to have beaten them
Championship Weekend on The Horizon in Texas
The semifinals are set in the Lone Star State.
In the THSLL AA tournament, Highland Park will play Episcopal School of Dallas in the first
semifinal game while Westlake will play the Woodlands in the second.
Of the quarterfinal contest to advance to see another week, the most exciting was Episcopal
School of Dallas knocking off Southlake 15-14. After being down 8-4 at the half, the Eagles
stormed back and tied things up at 10-10 with 5:24 remaining in the third quarter.
Max Bushaw tied things up at 14 all with 2:03 left to mark the third tie of the half. Quinn Tyler
would take a shot with 42 seconds left to attempt to give the Dragons the lead but it was called a
Just when it looked like overtime might be inevitable, Cooper Raney scored on a behind-the-
back shot on the doorstep with 13 seconds left to secure the win and send the Eagles to the
Raney’s game-winner gave him 68 on the year which is a new program record.
Cannon (N.C.) grabbed the No. 1 seed in the NCISAA bracket released on Sunday.
Jesuit (La.) beat Catholic (La.) to capture the LHSLL DI title. Holy Cross (La.) won the DII title
with a win over St. Thomas More (La.).
Vestavia Hills (Ala.) beat Mountain Brook (Ala.) 13-7 to win the Alabama state title in its
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