Approximately 1000 people came out on a cloudy, 65 degree day to watch 5 high school games at the 2018 AJO4LAX Fest at Pope High School. This year’s event was a great success in raising approximately $15K to help teens Make Good Choices and Drive Safely and support annual scholarships and grants that the Foundation provides to Atlanta lacrosse teams and players. The Andrew J. Oswald Memorial Fund hosted this event for the 12th consecutive year slating games involving 6 of the top 10 7A ranked teams and 4 of the top 5 5A teams from Georgia in sanctioned high school games beginning at 10am.
The following is a recap of the games:
Westminster 11 – Walton 6 – This game started out with great goalie play from Warren Seeds (Westminster) and Nick Floyd (Walton) both making multiple saves in Q1 and the quarter ending tied, 1-1. Walton was penalized for an illegal stick at the quarter break and Westminster scored 3 man-up goals on the 3 minute unreleasable infraction to take command of the game. Walton fought back in Q3 to get within 8-5, but Westminster was able to hold them off, winning 11-6. David Vroon was the MVP for Westminster with 4 goals and 2 assists. Warren Seeds bolstered the Wildcat defense with 10 saves and Tristan Ferrari chipped in with 3 goals. Walton was led by Philip Colt’s 2 goals and 1 assist and Harrison Mills’ 2 goals.
Centennial 17 – Starr’s Mill 15 – In the most exciting and highest scoring game in the event’s history, Centennial fought back to overcome Starr’s Mill in a game dominated by 2 players from each team. For Centennial, co-MVP’s Ryan Siracusa had 6 goals and 3 assists and Nicky Solomon had 5 goals and 3 assists to bring Centennial back from a 6-8 halftime deficit. Colin Hall also chipped in with 3 goals for the Knights, all in the 2nd half as he sat out the 1st half with an injured ankle. Starr’s Mill was led by Ethan Sack’s 5 goals and 1 assist and Avery Jenk’s, who had 4 goals and 3 assists. Centennial put up 9 goals in Q3 to take the lead and were able to hold off the Panthers in this back and forth tilt.
Lassiter 10 – Lovett 6 – Lassiter and Lovett played a close game with the Trojans pulling away in Q3 and winning by 4. Lassiter was led by game MVP Colson Smith who had 7 goals and Justin Edwards with 3 goals. Cooper Higgins had 3 goals and Quinn O’Donnell added 2 goals and 1 assist to lead the Lions and Reid Edelstein also added a goal. One player missing in action was Lovett Senior, Quinn Buczek, Utah commit, who was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). To help Quinn and his family win this fight you can visit the YouCaring Fundraising page “Help Quinn Buczek whip Leukemia.”
Lambert 16 – Johns Creek 3 – In game 4, Lambert fell behind 2-0 after Johns Creek won the 1st 2 face-offs and controlled the ball for the 1st 4 minutes of the game. After that, Philip White won 17 out of the last 18 face-offs and Gerard Kane had 5 goals and 2 assists to lead Lambert to the dominating win. These two were co-MVPs. Kyle Lewis had 3 goals and 3 assists and Ryan Overbay added 3 goals and 1 assist for the Longhorns. Johns Creek was led by Ryan Harkins’ 2 assists.
Blessed Trinity 15 – Pope 12 – In the finale of the day and another very entertaining game, Pope fought back from a 4-8 halftime deficit to get within 2 midway through Q4 but BT’s goalie, Bric Nichols made a great save with 3 minutes left to keep the 2-goal lead and BT added one additional goal to win 15-12. BT was led by co-MVPs John Solar (2/3) and Alex Poma going 22/6 at the face-off X. Noah Jones had 2 goals and 3 assists and Ethan Holthaus chipped in with 3 goals for the Titans. The Greyhounds were led by Sam Metzinger (3/3, also tied the Pope career points record at 200), Cole Tyson with 3 goals and Matt Oswald with 2/2.
Non-profit lax organization focused on helping youth lacrosse players make the right life choices through positive messaging in the lacrosse community. For sponsorship information, to make a tax-deductible donation, or to request a scholarship application, contact Bruce or Kathleen Oswald, 2702 Long Lake Terrace, Roswell, GA 30075 (678) 777-3041, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ajo4lax.com.