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On a night when it was difficult to focus on anything other than the weather, thanks to a cold front that caused temperatures to drop over 30 degrees in a couple of hours and included rain, heavy winds, and a wind chill below freezing, both of the Coppell High School Boys lacrosse teams performed well against cross town rival Plano West, and they each came away with a victory.


In the opening game, Coppell JV took on Plano West JV. The Cowboys started off with several shots on goal in the first quarter, as did Plano West, but only Plano West was able to get on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead to end the quarter. After that, Coppell got on a roll and scored the next three goals of the game to take a 3-1 lead into the halftime break. Strong play at the face off line by Sophomore Treat Judlin allowed the Cowboys to maintain possession and find quality shots on the offensive end.


Junior Daniel Gonzalas provided the firepower for the Coppell offense, scoring 2 goals and an assist on the game, along with Judlin, who scored 2 goals as well. Sophomore Jacob Dashner and Freshman Jack McAdams each tallied 1 goal each to round out the Cowboy scoring in the game.


On defense, Coppell was able to keep Plano West off balance and the Wolves were never able to get things going. Freshmen Jonah Popp and Harry Hook each came away with 2 ground balls and Junior Ryan Hunter grabbed 3 groundballs on the defensive end, and both Cowboy goaltenders, Matt Dean and Sam Taylor, were strong as they combined for over 10 saves in the game. Coppell scored the final two goals of the game to come away with the 6-3 win, running their season record to a perfect 3-0.


The weather got a bit colder as the two Varsity squads faced off in the second game of the night, which was evident in the slow start by both teams. Neither team even got a shot on cage until almost 8 minutes into the game, and the lone goal of the first quarter came when Junior Leo Swaldi found Sophomore Gavin Osteen for a goal with just over 2 minutes remaining in the quarter, giving Coppell a 1-0 lead at the first break.


But the second quarter was a different story, as Coppell once again dominated the face off stripe with Senior Reece Reynolds winning 11 of 15 draws in the game. The Cowboys held possession for the majority of the quarter and spread the wealth around, scoring the next 5 goals of the game from 5 different offensive players, allowing Coppell to take a 6-1 lead into halftime.


The Cowboy defense was able to keep the Plano West offense off balance for the entire game, with the only two goals of the second half for Plano West coming on man up situations following Coppell penalties. Sophomore Canon Peters led the efforts by the defense with 3 groundballs and 1 assist on the night, along with LSM Reid Robbins grabbing 2 groundballs and 3 forced turnovers and Remi Reynolds posting 3 ground balls and forcing 2 turnovers. Senior Midfielder Jack Liese made several strong plays and led multiple clears, while grabbing 3 groundballs and forcing 1 turnover. The Cowboys had a commanding 28-14 advantage in ground balls won in the game.


On offense, the Cowboys piled up a total of 10 goals and 8 assists on a night when the ball stayed at their offensive end most of the game. Two players posted hat tricks on the night—Junior Leo Swaldi (3 goals, 1 assist), and Gavin Osteen (3 goals, 1 assist). Junior Max Lamendola added 1 goal and 2 assists in the game while Sophomore Tyler Wendel had 2 assists. Senior two-way middies Ethan Bivens (1 goal, 4 GBs, 1 forced turnover) and Luke Bivens (1 assist, 5 GBs) contributed at both ends of the field as well.


The 10-3 final score allows the Cowboys Varsity unit to move their record to 2-1 on the season, and they will now prepare for more cold weather when they host Drippings Springs this coming Sunday at 2 PM at Lesley Field in Coppell.

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After bad weather claimed their previously scheduled game earlier in the week, Coppell Boys Varsity Lacrosse headed east of the Metroplex to take on Rockwall. When the two teams met in the preseason, it was a tight game that was tied in the final minutes and ended with Rockwall up by a single goal, and this time the outcome was all too familiar for the Cowboys, as once again Rockwall was able to get away with the victory by a single goal.


The game was tightly contested throughout, with no team ever having more than a two-goal advantage, and the teams pulled even on the score board five different times throughout the game. From an offensive perspective, it was a matter of quality versus quantity in the shooting department, and on this night, quality won out over quantity. Coppell once again was able to win the time of possession battle as Senior FOGO Reece Reynolds won over 70% of his draws on the night, coming away with 4 ground ball wins. Coppell was able to convert that possession advantage into 42 total shots attempted on the night, compared to just 23 shots taken by Rockwall. But the difference in the game was Rockwall posting a 35% shooting percentage, double the 17.5% shooting percentage by Coppell, which was just good enough for Rockwall to come away with the 8-7 win.


The Coppell defense knew it would be a difficult night trying to hold down a very experienced Rockwall team that includes 11 Seniors and a couple of talented Junior attackmen in Hunter Roberts and John Burton. Roberts and Burton provided the bulk of the offense for Rockwall on the night, tallying a combined 5 goals and 3 assists. The Coppell defensive unit of Canon Peters (4 GB, 3 forced turnovers), Colton Delk (2 GB, 3 forced turnovers), Remi Reynolds (4 GBs), and Reid Robbins (4 GB, 1 forced turnover) was active and involved all night, helping give Coppell a huge 35 to 20 edge in groundballs won in the game.


On the offensive end, the Cowboys had several possessions where they moved the ball cleanly and quickly, finding open shooters and quality shots, with the team posting assists on 6 of their 7 goals. But a combination of too many off-cage shots and too many stops by the Rockwall goaltender resulted in Coppell coming up one goal short. Top offensive contributors in the game were Senior Walker Cain (1 goal, 4 assists), Sophomore Gavin Osteen (2 goals, 1 assist), and Senior Ethan Bivens (1 goal, 1 assist).


In the first game of the night, Coppell JV squared off against Rockwall JV, and the game was as equally close and balanced as the varsity match. Coppell jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the first quarter. Freshman Jack McAdams (1 goal, 2 assists) first found Sophomore Jacob Dashner for a goal, then connected with Sophomore Aiden Strickland to finish the quarter with a 2-0 lead. But Rockwall possessed well in the 2nd quarter and ended up tying the game 2-2 before halftime.


The Coppell attack unit was back at it again in the second half, this time with Dashner scoring an unassisted goal, followed by Strickland returning the favor to assist on McAdams’ goal, which tied the game up at 4-4 with 8 minutes remaining. The Cowboy defense stepped up in the 2nd  half, with the Junior trio of Ryan Hunter (3 GB, 1 forced turnover), Davis Dodd (1 GB, 3 forced turnovers), and Ryan O’Toole (1 GB, 3 turnovers) all coming up with big plays to stop Rockwall scoring attempts. Goalie Sam Taylor had 4 saves, including a key stop midway through the 4thquarter on a hands-free shot. But it was Sophomore midfielder Bain Carter who delivered the deciding goal with just 1-minute remaining in the game as he dodged to open space and fired a shot to give Coppell the exciting 5-4 win.


Both Coppell teams will now prepare for their home-opening game of the season against Plano West on Wednesday, 2/27 at Lesley Field in Coppell. The JV Game starts at 6 PM and Varsity will start at 7:30 PM, so please come support our teams for their first home game of the year.


Photo credits to Kurt Liese and Mark Barron

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Coppell Boys Lacrosse traveled all the way to McKinney for their opening game of the 2019 season, and their fans that weathered the cold and windy conditions were not disappointed with the outcome, as Coppell fought through some early-season rustiness to eventually pull away from McKinney and post an 11-3 win.


On a night when Coppell committed an uncharacteristically high 24 team turnovers, many of those coming from their most experienced and sure-handed players, it turned out to be a combination of face off dominance, smothering defense, and some impressive stick work on offense, that allowed the Cowboys to come away with the win.


Most team sports, such as football, basketball and soccer, involve a change of possession after a score, but one of the more intriguing and sometimes frustrating (if you are on the wrong end of the stick) elements of lacrosse is that an effective face-off middie can essentially ensure that one team comes away with possession for large spans of the game, even after scoring several goals, which can be deflating to an opponent. That is exactly what Senior FOGO specialist Reece Reynolds did Tuesday night, winning 12 of his 13 face offs, grabbing 6 ground balls with no turnovers, and giving Coppell not only a dozen extra offensive possessions, but preventing McKinney from ever getting any offensive momentum going.


The Cowboys came out a bit tentative, giving up an unassisted goal to McKinney and making a few off-target passes on their own offensive end. Senior Ethan Bivens ended the dry spell with a running shot and goal about midway through the 1stquarter. From there, the Coppell offense became much more active and involved, running off a string of six straight assisted goals, for a 7-1 halftime lead, with a couple of highlight reel-worthy connections. The scoring for the night was well-distributed across several players, with eight Cowboys posting at least one point, and five scoring multiple points.


Sophomore Gavin Osteen led in overall points with 3 assists and 2 goals, while Junior Peyton Barron had a hat trick with 3 goals and 1 assist. Senior Walker Cain had 2 goals and an assist and Junior Leo Swaldi added 2 goals, while Junior Max LaMendola contributed a goal and an assist. One of the prettier plays of the night came when Sophomore Tyler Wendel dodged down the alley to draw the defense, then found Osteen wide open in front of the net for a hands-free shot and score.


On defense, the Cowboys were able to shut down the entire McKinney offense, aside from Junior Cameron Johnson (UMass commit), who had three unassisted goals on the night. Once Coppell adjusted to limit his touches and space, it became a very frustrating night for McKinney, who launched a total of 24 shots in the game, but only scored 3 times. Sophomore defenders Remington Reynolds (4 GBs, 2 forced turnovers) and Colton Delk (3 GBs) locked down the McKinney attackmen, and LSM Reid Robbins grabbed 4 GBs with 1 forced turnover, putting in strong work from the wing on face offs. Junior goalie Hayden MacArthur had his third double-digit save effort in the last four games (counting the preseason), making 11 saves and posting a 79% save percentage for the game. Senior midfielder Brandon Point grabbed 2 ground balls and had an assist.


Coppell held McKinney scoreless in the 4thquarter and added 2 more goals to come away with the 11-3 win on the road. The Cowboys now go to work preparing for their next game, which will be their home opening game next Tuesday, 2/19 at 7:30 PM at Lesley Field in Coppell against the Allen Eagles. Please come out and cheer on both the JV and the Varsity as they look to make it two wins in a row.


Thanks to Mark Barron, Anne Rogers, and Kurt Liese for the game photos of both Varsity and JV.

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Despite a drop of about 40 degrees in a few hours and 20 plus MPH winds, Coppell JV Boys opened up their 2019 season on Tuesday night against McKinney JV. It was the first official Texas high school action for almost half of the roster, so there were some nerves as expected, but the Cowboys outplayed McKinney on ground balls by an almost 2-to-1 ration in the game, and Sophomore Treat Judlin won 70% of his face offs for Coppell, which gave them a significant advantage in time of possession.


Sophomore midfielder Andrew Sullivan led the offense, getting involved in 4 of Coppell’s 6 goals scored on the night, including 2 goals and 2 assists. Freshman midfielder Brandon Point scored the opening goal of the night on a feed from Freshman Jack McAdams, who then scored his own goal a few minutes later on a pass from Sullivan. Coppell added goals from Sophomores Aiden Strickland and Jacob Dashner to take a 4-2 lead into halftime.


The second half was more of a grind-it-out effort, as the physical play picked up a bit with several big hits and a few dust ups of competitive spirit. The Coppell attackmen were busy forcing turnovers and cleaning up lots of loose offensive possessions on the night, with McAdams grabbing a game-high 9 groundballs and Strickland picking up 5 more for Coppell. This allowed the Cowboys to keep the ball away from McKinney for most of the second half, and Coppell’s only scores in the half coming on two goals by Sullivan.


The Coppell defense was stingy and aggressive all night, limiting the number of quality shots on goal by the McKinney offense, which missed cage nine times, and Goalie Matt Dean stopped another three shots, holding them to just three goals in the game. Junior Davis Dodd was a steadying presence for the Cowboys, grabbing 3 groundballs and forcing 3 turnovers. Junior defenseman Ryan O’Toole added 3 groundballs and 2 forced turnovers along with midfielder Harrison Hook grabbing 4 ground balls and forcing 1 turnover. Coppell was able to run out the clock and come away with the 6-3 win.


The next action for the Coppell JV Boys will come next Tuesday when they face Allen JV at Lesley field in Coppell. Please come out and support the boys in their season home opener at 6 PM on 2/19.

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Coppell Boys Lacrosse Junior Varsity team was in action this past weekend at the Jesuit Lacrosse Invitational here in Dallas. This was not only the first games of the year for the Junior Varsity team, but the first high school lacrosse action for many of the incoming Freshman players, and their first chance to experience the increased speed of the game and size of the players.


The Cowboys JV team went 2-1-1 on the weekend, and showed the type of depth that Coppell is developing throughout the program. They notched impressive wins over Flower Mound JV and Vandergrift JV, and battled to a 4-4 ties against Dripping Springs JV. Their only loss came in the final contest against host team Jesuit Dallas JV.


The offense got going early and often against Flower Mound, as the Cowboy offense kept the ball at their end most of the game and fired plenty of shots on goal. Sophomore Jacob Dashner led the team with 5 goals, followed my Freshman Jack McAdams, Sophomore Treat Judlin, and Freshman Carson Point with two goals each. Sophomore Aiden Strickland and Freshman Alex Haydek each scored once, and Sophomore Andrew Sullivan led the team with 2 assists and 4 ground balls won. 


Treat Judlin was strong at the face off stripe, winning over 80% of the draws on the game, and Harrison Hood was over 75% on the game.


The defense was strong as Freshman goalie Sam Taylor had 4 saves on 6 shots in his half of play, and the defense of Jonah Popp, Davis Dodd, Ryan O’Toole, and Ryan Hunter minimized the number of scoring opportunities by Flower Mound, allowing Coppell to come away with a 15-5 win.


The Saturday afternoon game against Vandergrift was a much closer game, where the defense was asked to provide more support, and they definitely answered the call. In goal, Junior Matt Dean and Freshman Sam Taylor combined for a 60% save percentage, holding Vandergrift to just 2 goals in the game. Junior Ryan O’Toole grabbed 2 ground balls, and Sophomore middie Bain Carter grabbed 3 ground balls and had 1 assist in limited minutes.


On Offense, the Cowboys had to be more patient and work harder for their chances, getting 3 assisted goals and 3 unassisted. Jack McAdams opened the scoring on a feed from Andrew Sullivan, who then scored the next goal on a nice pass by Bain Carter. Carson Point, Treat Judlin, and Jack McAdams followed that up with an unassisted goals, and Jacob Dashner found Judlin for the final score of the game, and a 6-2 win.


The entire Coppell High School team will now go back to preparing for their first league games of the season, which will be February 13thin McKinney.

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Coppell Boys Lacrosse opened up the 2019 season this past weekend by participating in what has become a long-running tradition for lacrosse teams across Texas as well as from neighbouring states. Jesuit Dallas Prep once again hosted their Annual Jesuit Lacrosse Invitational, offering teams a chance to see where they are in their preparation for the season and to test themselves against top programs from around the area.


This was Coppell's first opportunity to show what type of team they have, and what a statement the Cowboys made. They posted a 3-1 record for the weekend and got wins over some top-caliber programs, including defeating the host team, the Jesuit Dallas Rangers, who according to sources had never lost a game at this event, dating back to before 2010 . The win also broke a six-game winning streak for the Rangers over the Cowboys.


To win a game over a talented team like Jesuit, Coppell was going to have to be strong at the face-off line and in the goal, and they certainly were. Senior Reece Reynolds took every draw for the Cowboys, winning 10 of 14 possessions in the game, which allowed Coppell to dominate the time of possession, keep their defense fresh, and take Jesuit out of their normal ball-control offense. Junior goalie Hayden MacArthur made nine saves and posted a 71% save percentage, and was supported heavily in the effort by the Sophomore trio on defense of Colton Delk, Canon Peters, and Remi Reynolds, along with Junior Davis Dodd. And this effort came against a Ranger offense which features (4) Division I NCAA commits and (1) Division II NCAA commit.


There was plenty of offense as well for the Cowboys, started off by Senior Ethan Bivens finding Junior Max Lamendola for the opening score. Jesuit answered to tie the game 1-1, but Coppell then dominated possession for the remainder of the half, fueled by unassisted goals from Seniors Brandon Point and Walker Cain, giving Coppell a 3-2 lead at halftime.


Coppell then went on a scoring run that opened up the lead, and the Rangers would never really threaten again. Junior Peyton Barron started the second half scoring with a pretty goal off an assist by Senior Luke Bivens. Bivens then added another assist four minutes later on a goal by Sophomore Gavin Osteen. Sophomore defenseman Canon Peters then led a fast break clear and found Walker Cain for his second tally of the game.


The Rangers tried to mount a run when Senior Peter Buell scored on a fast break opportunity to make it a 3-goal lead, but any momentum for Jesuit was quickly stopped when Peyton Barron weaved through defenders for his second goal of the game, restoring the Coppell 4-goal lead.  Senior Ethan Bivens added an unassisted goal for good measure, and the Cowboys walked away with a convincing 8-4 win.


In their other games this weekend, the Coppell Varsity team battled back from a 4-1 halftime deficit to defeat Division II State Runner-up Prosper by a score of 6-4, with the defense posting a double-digit save effort and holding the Eagles scoreless in the second half. Gavin Osteen led the offensive surge, scoring 3 of the 5 2nd half goals.


Coppell was able to go deep into the roster in their 12-3 win over Parrish Episcopal, which featured goals by eight different Cowboys, including Max Lamendola’s 3 goals.


In their lone loss of the event, Coppell jumped out to a 5-3 halftime lead over District 1 opponent Rockwall, but a lack of second half offense from the Cowboys resulted in a 6-5 defeat.


Some of the top individual performances for the event were: Reese Reynolds won 29 of 41 draws for a 71% win rate for the weekend; Walker Cain led the offense with 7 goals and 2 assists, followed closely by Gavin Osteen with 5 goals and 3 assists; Ethan Bivens scored 4 goals and grabbed a team-leading 9 groundballs, and Peyton Barron had 3 goals and 1 assist.


On defense, two of the more impressive statistical lines came from Remi Reynolds (8 GB’s, 5 forced turnovers, 1 goal, and no turnovers) and Canon Peters (7 GB’s, 4 forced turnovers, 1 goal, 1 assist, no turnovers). Colton Delk had 4 GB’s and 3 forced turnovers while shutting down some of the opponent's top offensive players. Goalie Hayden MacArthur had 30 saves and posted a 67% save percentage on the weekend, and midfielder Brandon Point played lockdown short stick defense while also adding 2 goals and 1 assist.


Coppell will now start preparing for their THSLL league-opening game on the road against McKinney on February 13th.

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The Coppell High School Boys lacrosse program wrapped up their Fall season by hosting Colleyville Lacrosse and Parrish Episcopal School on Saturday. There were four games played between the teams, including both upper classmen and younger players, and for Coppell, it was first game action of the season for many Cowboy players who recently joined from varsity football.


Coppell’s first game was against Division I foe Colleyville. After a slow start, the Cowboys settled down and started to hit their rhythm, as Senior Walker Cain opened the scoring on a nice feed from LSM Cannon Peters, then Cain found Sophomore Gavin Osteen for a score. Coppell controlled possession for much of the half, which featured unassisted goals by Junior Leo Swaldi, Sophomore defenseman Remi Reynolds, and Senior Ethan Bivens, resulting in a 5-2 halftime lead.


The 2ndhalf was more of the same as Osteen added 2 more goals, and Freshman Nick Rogers scored on a nice feed from Walker Cain. Seniors Reece Reynolds and Luke Bivens, not to be outdone by their brothers, each added a goal, giving Coppell a 10-4 win in their opener.


In their next game, it was a tale of two halves as Parrish Episcopal dominated the 1sthalf scoring by tallying the first 4 goals of the game before Reece Reynolds found Treat Judlin for a nice step down shot and score for Coppell. Parrish answered back with two more goals to take a 6-1 lead into the halftime break.


The Cowboy defense stepped up their game in the 2ndhalf, led by Sophomore Cannon Peters with 2 ground balls and 1 forced turnover, and Senior Jack Liese adding 1 forced turnover, 1 groundball, plus an assist at the offensive end. The defensive unit combined for a shutout in the 2ndhalf.


The offense looked much sharper in the second half as they scored 6 goals, including Junior Peyton Barron finding Walker Cain for one goal, and Senior Brandon Point connecting with Freshman Jack McAdams for a pretty score from the crease. Swaldi added 2 goals in the half as well, and Sophomore Jacob Dashner fed Ethan Bivens for the game-winning goal with 3 minutes remaining, as Coppell rallied for the 7-6 come-from behind win.


In the final game of the day, Coppell faced off with Colleyville again, and the Cowboys saw continued production from some of their top performers on the day. Reece and Remi Reynolds added one more goal each, along with Swaldi (4 goals on the day) and Cain (3 goals, 2 assists on the day) also adding a goal each. The Bivens brothers teamed up when Ethan found Luke for another score. Sophomore Tyler Wendel joined the scoring with a goal and an assist, and Gavin Osteen had 2 assists to finish the day with 4 goals and 2 assists.


The defense was solid in the final game, led by goaltenders Junior Matt Dean and Freshman Sam Taylor, who combined to stop 9 of 12 shots and grabbed 2 ground balls. The faceoff duo of Reece Reynolds and Tyler Wendel was strong, winning 27 of 34 total face offs for the day (80%). Coppell came away with the 7-3 win, to finish the day with a perfect 3-0 record. 


Thanks again to the players, coaches and fans from Colleyville, Coppell, and Parrish Episcopal for a fun day of lacrosse, and the Cowboys will now take a brief break over the holidays before starting their January practice schedule and prepping for their season opening game in early February.

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Friday night was the final game of the 2018 season, as well as being Senior night for Coppell Boys Lacrosse. Coppell was facing McKinney Lacrosse in what would be the final high school lacrosse game for the eight graduating Seniors. It was only fitting that in a game where the seniors logged the majority of the playing time, they also dominated the statistical categories as well.


Both teams were a bit slow to get things going early, as each team posted a single goal in the first quarter. Coppell’s first score came when Senior Reese Walker (3 goals, 3 assist on the night) found fellow midfielder Brandon Point for a goal. The scoring picked up midway through the second quarter though, as the teams combined for eight goals in the quarter. Faceoff specialist Reece Reynolds got Coppell going with a faceoff win and fast break goal with six minutes remaining until halftime. Reese Walker then went on a scoring streak that included 1 goal and 2 assists on the next three scores for the Cowboys. First Junior Walker Cain found Reese Walker for a score. Then Reese Walker found fellow Senior Zach Bartolacci for a goal before Bartolacci returned the favor on their next score, finding Walker wide open from 12 yards out where he buried a shot for the goal.


This started a scoring run by Bartolacci (3 goals, 2 assist in the game) which included him either assisting or scoring on 5 of Coppell’s final 7 goals, including 2 assists and an unassisted goal with just 36 seconds left in the game to ice the victory for the Cowboys, with a final score of 10-8.


The Cowboys were strong at the face off line on the night, with Junior Reece Reynolds winning 13 of 18 possessions, and Freshman Tyler Wendel was a perfect 4 for 4 on the night on his face offs.


On the defensive end, Senior Harper DeLoach posted one of the strongest games of the season by a close defender for Coppell, grabbing a season-high 6 ground balls and forcing 3 McKinney turnovers. Fellow Senior Hayden Lowrance, who along with DeLoach played almost every minute of the game, grabbed 1 ground ball and forced 3 turnovers. Senior Goalie Lee Martin got the win in net while making 6 saves on the game.


It was also fitting on Senior night that the team leaders in goals scored on the season with 21 goals each, Seniors Reese Walker and Zach Bartolacci, each scored 3 goals in the game to finish the season tied for the team lead with 24 goals. Senior Harper DeLoach finished with 20 ground balls won on the season, tops among the Cowboy’s close defenders.


Thank you and congratulations again to our eight Seniors who finished their high school careers with a win. Reese Walker (Team Captain) will attend the University of Utah and play Division 1 lacrosse. Hayden Lowrance will attend the University of Texas at Austin. Zach Bartolacci (Team Captain) will attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Zach Eckley (Team Captain) will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Griffin Hess will attend the University of Texas at Austin. Harper DeLoach (Team Captain) will attend the University of Texas at Austin. Mark Webb will attend the University of Alabama. Lee Martin will attend Texas A&M University.

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Last Friday night, the Coppell Boys Varsity Lacrosse team took on neighboring rival and District opponent Southlake. Coppell was in need of a victory in the game to force a potential three-way tie with Southlake and Flower Mound for the final playoff spot in the North Division 1- West District.


Coppell jumped on the scoreboard right out of the gate on an unassisted goal by Senior Reese Walker just 41 seconds into the game. Southlake answered back with a couple of goals of their own before Coppell was able to retake the lead when Freshman Gavin Osteen first found Junior Walker Cain open on the crease for a close-range goal, then Osteen scored an unassisted goal to give Coppell the 3-2 lead after the first quarter of play.


Southlake dominated possession and was the more aggressive offensive team in the second quarter, firing a heavy load of shots at the Coppell cage. The Coppell defense struggled to keep track of Southlake Senior midfielder Jeremy Bach, who either scored or assisted on 6 of Southlake’s 9 goals in the game.


Senior Zach Bartolacci scored on a feed from Gavin Osteen with 4 minutes left in the first half, which pulled the cowboys to within 1 goal heading to the halftime break, with Southlake leading 5-4.


Coppell unfortunately would not score again for over two quarters of play, which placed pressure on the Coppell defensive unit to play through long possessions by Southlake and try to keep the score close. Freshman Remington Reynolds grabbed 5 groundballs on the night, and Senior Harper DeLoach had 2 groundballs and 2 forced turnovers. Sophomore Goalie Hayden MacArthur posted 12 saves and a 57% save percentage on the night while facing 34 total attempted shots.


In comparison, Southlake’s defense faced 23 total shots in the game, making only 5 saves, but it was enough to hold Coppell to 7 goals, and the Dragons came away with the 9-7 victory. Scoring leaders on the night for Coppell were Senior Reese Walker (1 goal, 2 assist), Junior Ethan Bivens (2 goals), and Freshman Gavin Osteen (1 goal, 2 assists).


Coppell will now finish their regular season play this week with a Tuesday night road game against two-time defending state champion Jesuit Dallas, followed by hosting McKinney on Friday night, which will be Senior Appreciation Night for the Cowboys, so please come out and support our Seniors in their final home game.

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The Coppell Boys Varsity Lacrosse team entered their game last Friday night against Colleyville in need of a win to keep their hopes alive for a playoff spot in the competitive North Texas D1 West District, which is shaping up to be one of the toughest districts in Texas this season. If Coppell can win all three of their remaining district games, their chances of a post-season berth would improve greatly, but that would also require a win over two-time defending state champion Jesuit Dallas next week, which made this match up with Colleyville even more critical.


The game was tightly contested until midway through the 4th quarter, as the lead changed hands six times through the first three quarters. The offense for Coppell ran through three players who all had big games, with all twelve of Coppell’s goals being scored by three players-- Freshmen Gavin Osteen (5 goals, 2 assists on the night) and Dylan Colon (3 goals, 1 assist on the night), and Senior Reese Walker (4 goals in the game). Colleyville was similarly focused with their scoring, as all but one of their goals came from either Senior Parker Burns or Junior Zach Loftis.


Gavin Osteen scored an unassisted goal to open the scoring in the game, but Colleyville answered back with 2 goals to lead at the end of the first quarter. Reese Walker tallied another unassisted goal to tie things up to begin the second quarter, followed by the Coppell offense posting an assist on 7 of their next 8 goals, including 2 assists by both Gavin Osteen and Brandon Point.


Coppell took a 5-3 lead into halftime, but fell behind again after a 4-1 run by Colleyville to start the 3rd quarter of play. Coppell answered back to end the quarter with its own 3-1 run to regain the lead by 1 goal entering the last quarter.


On the defensive side for Coppell, Sophomore Reid Robbins showed two-way skills by posting 1 assist, 2 groundballs, and 1 forced turnover. Freshmen Cannon Peters and Remi Reynolds each grabbed 3 ground balls, as did Junior Ethan Bivens and Senior Zach Eckley.


Reese Walker added two more goals in the final quarter, and Coppell held on for the 12-9 win and improved their district record to 2-2. The Cowboys will now prepare this week for another critical district match when they take on cross-town rival Southlake Friday night at 7:30 PM at Leslie Field in Coppell.