Going into the playoffs as the #4 seed, the 7/8 Lady Dragons Lacrosse team were relishing their underdog role. Their first stop on the road to a championship was in the challenging environment of Highlander Stadium. By the time the night was over, the Lady Dragons had upset the top-seeded Highland Park team with a 12-9 victory.
That victory placed them in the Championship gave against #2 seeded Keller just 18 hours later at North Park. The Lady Dragons successfully defended their home field and earned a 14-9 victory and the North Texas Youth Lacrosse League Championship.
The Lady Dragons are coached by Sam Miocic, Pete and Kris Lothes.
The 7/8 Black Championship Boys team made it to the NTYLL Championship game Friday April 26th vs. Highland Park. Without going to a coin-flip to determine home field, the game was held at Coppell Middle School.
Despite being down early in the game 2-0, the Dragons came back with Carson Green starting the scoring off an assist by Lindell Stone. After another HP score, Stone found AJ Van den Dyssel for a goal with 30 seconds left in the first quarter to end 3-2.
HP scored the fist of the second before Stone scored early in the 2nd quarter to close to 4-3. With tough midfield play by Jack Johannson and Clayton Keyes, the Dragons applied pressure on the HP goalie and defense who proved up to the task.
HP scored from the top of the box to extend their lead to 5-3 with 6:24 left in the half. A quick series of one-touch passes from Preston Deno to Casey Wasserman to Van den Dyssel pulled the Dragons to within one at 5-4. HP answered to go up 6-4.
Momentum went back and forth until the Dragons were penalized with a 2 minute non-releasable penalty. HP took advantage with two goals to end the half and one to start the third quarter to go up 9-4.
The Dragons answered as Preston Deno took a Wasserman pass and cut the lead to 9-5. This seemed to inspire goalkeeper Luke Millican and Dragon defenders Ryan Thompson, George Elmquist, Michael Tsay and Victor Simpson as they turned back several Highlander threats.
After several minutes of end to end action Coach Neal DiBello took a time out to give midfielders Green, Jack Johannson, Clayton Keyes, Nick Donfris, Paxton Garmin, Avery Smith and Logan Peterson a well-deserved break and shuffle his attachmen including Jake Gillen, Davis Stairs for one final push.
The Highlanders scored twice to extend the lead to 11-5, and then took advantage with a man advantage to lead 12-5 at the end of the third.
Wasserman found Johannson to start the fourth quarter to trim the lead 12-6, and then found Gillen to make it 12-7 but HP was intent on keeping possession and running out the clock. Peterson scored with 35 seconds remaining for a 12-8 final score.
The Dragons finished their season 12-1. Their offense lead the league and averaged over 10 goals per game. The stingy defense allowed only 5 goals per game for the entire year.
The Dragons are coached by Neal DiBello and Joel Elmquist. Based upon their team success, they should have five representatives for the upcoming 7/8 All star game.
Congrats to our 3/4 Green Team on an undefeated season. Coach Cash Link reports that these Dragons experienced a phenomenal season.
In addition to their perfect record, they outscored their opponents by a whopping 43-4 advantage.
Don't forget to pick up your collectible 2013 Spring Program.
*Full color picture of every Boy's and Girl's team in our organization. *Each team has a team picture with names and numbers too. *Expanded coverage of our high school program including Senior profiles and tributes.
Follow all the high school action with team photos and rosters conveniently located in the center of the program. Onsale now for just $5.00 at the North Park concession stand and other locations.
We'd like to extend a thanks to all of our business sponsors and parents who help make this great keepsake affordable.
Please do not leave valuables in your vehicle while at games or practices. This includes SSC and NORTH PARK, and at AWAY GAMES.
3x Tournament at the 2013 Fax Off event and picture day
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