High School Lacrosse the way it ought to be…con’t

Posted: May 4, 2012 in Updates to "A Lacrosse Story?", US Lacrosse
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2011 High School Club Lacrosse Champions

The Atlee Raiders continue to provide an excellent example for High School Lacrosse in Virginia and are a great example for everyone who believes that playing for your school during the regular season is a great thing.  It has been announced that the Raiders would be traveling to meet the Christchurch Seahorses on May 9, 2012. This has huge implications for the game and the goal of elevating the game throughout our state.

Christchurch has won back to back state championships in 2010, 2011 for the Division II Private and are currently (11-5) and are playing Division I Private this year. Christchurch has had wins this year against St. Alban’s, St. Christophers, Woodberry Forest, and Benedictine, two one point losses against Providence Day of Charlotte, NC and Highland Park, TX.   Highland Park is a five time  D1 state championship team from Texas, that game ended in OT at Duke University earlier in the season at the Brine King of Spring Face-off Classic.  The Seahorses only loss within their conference was to St. Anne’s-Belfield 7-14

The Seahorses are led  by Vince Smith and Coach Smith was named Virginia Independent Schools Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011, as well as Virginia Prep League Coach of they year in 2010. Smith was a two-time high school All-American lacrosse player at St. Anne’s-Belfield, twice All-State, three-time All Central Virginia player, and twice All-Prep. Earning a scholarship to Johns Hopkins University, Smith entered his freshman season rated the #4 Blue Chip Midfielder in Face-Off magazine. After transferring to Hampden-Sydney, Smith was twice All-ODAC, and as a senior was named All-American.

The Atlee Raiders are the 2011 Virginia High School Club Lacrosse Champions and are currently (9-2) on the season. Atlee lost in OT to Tabb High School Club Team in an incredible game played on April 20th. High School Lacrosse the way it ought to be.. turned out to be one of the most popular posts we have written and received over 500 visits in less than 24 hours. The Raiders lost a close game to the  elite/select “blue warriors”  on Friday, April 27th by a score of 8-7 when the “blue warriors” scored a goal in the last 40 seconds. The “blue warriors” have scored 10.9 goals per game while only allowing 4 goals and they have a core group of (8) seniors that have played together for the last four years. Atlee was able to come from behind several times to keep it close and most importantly,  Atlee  held the “blue warriors” below their average while fielding a  team that is representative of their respective high school.

It is highly likely that we will see Atlee and Tabb face-off again in the Virginia High School Club Lacrosse Championship on June 2nd & 3rd in Richmond and the Raiders have a very solid team with only (4) seniors, (2) of which regularly start. Eric Hall is currently the head coach for the Atlee Raider’s Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team. An upstate New York native, Eric has been involved with organized lacrosse for nearly twenty years.  Eric was a three year varsity starter as a defenseman for the General Brown Lions.  He helped lead the Lions to their first win over Carthage in 16 years, was a captain, and was selected to the all-league team his senior season.  Eric went on to play at SUNY Cortland and was part of the 2006 national championship team. Eric has gained coaching experience with his involvement in various leagues, camps, and clinics in Upstate New York, Cortland, and Richmond.  He is now excited to be working with Atlee and Team Venom to help the sport of lacrosse grow in the greater Richmond area.

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