N&O Lacrosse Rankings

Apex, East Chapel Hil end season No. 1 in N&O lacrosse rankings

mblake@newsobserver.comMay 20, 2013 

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    Final boys’ rankings

    Team W-L
    1. Apex (2)20-2
    2. Cardinal Gibbons (1)18-2
    3. East Chapel Hill (3) 16-3
    4. Ravenscroft (5) 12-5
    5. Broughton (4)16-3
    6. Holly Springs (6)12-6
    7. Jordan (7)13-3
    8. Chapel Hill (10)12-5
    9. Middle Creek (9)10-7
    10. Riverside (8)11-6
    Final girls’ rankings
    Team W-L
    1. East Chapel Hill (1)16-2
    2. Green Hope (2)17-2
    3. Cardinal Gibbons (3)15-3
    4. Apex (4) 13-5
    5. Athens Drive (6)12-5
    6. Durham Academy (7)12-6
    7. Ravenscroft (5)14-5
    8. Wakefield (8)12-4
    9. Panther Creek (9)9-7
    10. Broughton (10)10-7

The end-of-season No. 1 boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams both are state champions. The East Chapel Hill girls and the Apex boys won their titles Saturday.

Near the top of the boys’ list is No. 2 Cardinal Gibbons, which had been No. 1 all year but lost to Apex in the third round of the playoffs, and regional runner-up East Chapel Hill.

Ravenscroft, No. 4, was a semifinalist in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoffs.

The next three teams had little separation in the postseason.

No. 5 Broughton edged No. 6 Holly Springs in overtime during the playoffs, and Holly Springs had a one-goal win against No. 7 Jordan.

Chapel Hill, Middle Creek and Riverside complete the top 10 as second-round finishers.

It was clear-cut near the top of the girls’ rankings.

No. 2 Green Hope only lost to the team ranked above it, third-ranked Cardinal Gibbons only lost to the top two, fourth-ranked Apex only had losses to Nos. 1-3 and No. 5 Athens Drive only lost to Apex and Green Hope.

Durham Academy, ranked sixth, was the NCISAA runner-up. The Cavaliers won two of three meetings against No. 7 Ravenscroft, including during the playoffs.

Nos. 8-10 Wakefield, Panther Creek and Broughton had first-round playoff exits.

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