Cardinal Gibbons boys lacrosse team pieced together an undefeated season to take the top spot in the final News & Observer area rankings. The N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A/3A Crusaders placed three players on the 11-man All-Metro team.
The Apex boys, last years No. 1, finished No. 2 in the rankings and placed two players on the All-Metro team after a runner-up finish in the NCHSAA 4A title game. Jordan, East Chapel Hill and Broughton round out the top half of the rankings.
Seniors make up nine of the 11 boys lacrosse All-Metro selections. Only Ravenscrofts Jamie Herakovich, East Chapel Hills Ian Levin and Gibbons Gannon Morrison are repeat selections.
Apexs girls were the NCHSAA runner-up and end the year No. 1 in The N&O area. The Cougars took three spots on the All-Metro team.
East runner-up Cardinal Gibbons, which takes the No. 2 spot, and N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association runner-up Ravenscroft, ranked third, each put two players on the final team. Broughton and Wakefield round out the top five.
Five players are repeat All-Metro girls lacrosse selections: Athens Drives Madeline Bromley, Ravenscrofts Olivia Aschman, Gibbons Shelby Scanlin and Apexs Rose Redfoot and Mia Castagnero.
|Nick Arcuri||Middle Creek||Sr.||G||Opponents averaged 5.6 goals against the 16-2 Mustangs.|
|Mike Daum||Apex||Sr.||M||Controlled midfield for the Cougars; had 33 goals, 14 assists.|
|Jamie Herakovich||Ravenscroft||Sr.||A||All-state attacker led Ravens to the NCISAA semifinals.|
|Colby Lalicker||Apex||Sr.||M||All-America pick had 50 goals, 12 assists.|
|Chris Lappin||Cardinal Gibbons||Jr.||D||All-America defender for 1A/2A/3A champs.|
|Robbie Lavelle||Cardinal Gibbons||Sr.||M||Poured in 56 goals and 13 assists as an All-America pick.|
|Ian Levin||East Chapel Hill||Sr.||A||All-America pick had 114 points (66 goals, 48 assists).|
|Hayden Lovett||Broughton||Jr.||D||All-America pick helped Caps to 14-4 record.|
|Gannon Morrison||Cardinal Gibbons||Sr.||A||Marist recruit had 57 goals, 71 assists and was A-A pick|
|Owen Perrien||Jordan||Sr.||A||Had 53 goals and 18 assists for 4A East runners-up.|
|Daniel Wittekind||East Chapel Hill||Sr.||D||Defender helped Wildcats to 13-4 record.|
|Olivia Aschman||Ravenscroft||Jr.||A||Had 77 goals and 19 assists for the NCISAA state runners-up.|
|Ashley Blawas||Wakefield||Sr.||M||94 points (45 goals, 49 assists) for the 16-3 Wolverines.|
|Madeline Bromley||Athens Drive||Jr.||A||Coastal Carolina recruit had 56 goals and 32 assists.|
|Mia Castagnero||Apex||Jr.||M||Richmond recruit had 73 goals, 36 assists; title game MVP.|
|Anna Collawn||Ravenscroft||Soph.||M||46 goals and 30 assists for the Ravens.|
|Kelsey Dupere||Broughton||Sr.||A||93 goals and 40 assists for the Cap Eight champs.|
|Naomi Lerner||Durham Academy||Sr.||D||UNC recruit helped Cavaliers to NCISAA semifinals.|
|Jessie DeLuca||Apex||Sr.||D||Old Dominion recruit had 28 goals and 16 assists.|
|Rose Redfoot||Apex||Sr.||G||American recruit was league player of the year.|
|Shelby Scanlin||Cardinal Gibbons||Sr.||M||Maryland recruit had 99 goals and seven assists for the East runners-up.|
|Rebecca Wiley||Cardinal Gibbons||Sr.||A||74 points (36 goals, 38 assists) for the Crusaders.|
Final N&O lacrosse rankings
|2. Cardinal Gibbons||16-3||1|
|6. Durham Academy||11-5||6|
|7. Chapel Hill||11-6||7|
|8. East Chapel Hill||9-10||8|
|9. Green Hope||10-6||9|
|1. Cardinal Gibbons||22-0||1|
|4. East Chapel Hill||16-4||4|
|6. Durham Academy||10-8||6|
|8. Middle Creek||16-2||8|
|9. Athens Drive||12-5||9|
|10. Green Hope||13-8||10|
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