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The featured Texas high school lacrosse game of the week, which was live streamed on the THSLL web site, took place this past Saturday at 12 Noon at Dragon Stadium in Southlake. Both teams needed the win to keep their hopes alive of grabbing the final available playoff spot in Division 1 North District.

 

It was a tightly contested game throughout, with plenty of exciting plays and swings in momentum. Southlake opened the scoring with one of their two first quarter goals. The early offense for Coppell came from a couple of common contributors, with team scoring leader Reese Walker making a great steal, scoop and open-net score, followed by two unassisted goals from Senior Ben Goyne, to give Coppell a 3-2 lead after one quarter of play.

 

In the second quarter, the defenses tightened up and it looked like the half would end with that same score, when Coppell’s Ben Goyne got possession behind the net with under five seconds remaining, fired a pass to Reese Walker, who buried a laser shot into the back of the net as time expired, giving Coppell a 4-2 advantage at the half.

 

Southlake controlled the action for much of the 3rd quarter, scoring twice and holding Coppell scoreless, to make it a 4-4 tie game going into the final quarter. But that is when Coppell had a couple of players step up and deliver clutch goals at just the right time. First, Sophomore Ethan Bivens, who had been playing heavy shifts as a defensive short stick middie all day, dodged down the right alley and fired a perfectly placed shot over the Southlake goalie to give Coppell the lead once again. A few minutes later, Junior Zach Eckley, who just looked faster than his opponents all day, took the ball behind the net, crossed up his defender, then sprinted to the front of the net for a critical insurance goal, and also drew a dead-ball penalty that allowed Coppell to take even more time off the clock after that.

 

The defense for Coppell featured some great individual and team efforts, fueled by defensemen Harper DeLoach, Dylan Thompson and Ryan Gordon, LSM Connor Choate, and short-stick defenders Ethan Bivens, Tommy Donaldson, and Joe Fex, among others. Goalie Hayden MacArthur was strong with 7 saves and 3 ground balls on the game. Senior Ryan Gordon was key to the defensive team effort, as he drew the assignment of covering Southlake’s top offensive player on the year, and held him to no goals and no assists.

 

Despite Southlake cutting the lead to one goal in the final minutes, and some tense moments running out the final seconds of the game, Coppell came away with a 6-5 win and their playoff hopes still in tact. They will now prepare for their final regular season game on Tuesday, April 25, against Allen, where a win should gain them a post-season spot.

 

The strong play by Coppell continued as the JV teams squared off in the afternoon match. Coppell was able to get out to a quick lead with Peyton Barron hitting Daniel Gonzalez for the first goal of the game. Coppell was able to control possession for much of the game and worked some long offensive possessions to keep Southlake from getting any type of momentum. Ethan Bivens and Peyton Barron each scored unassisted goals to give Coppell a 3-1 lead at the half.

 

The defensive effort was led by goalie Lee Martin, who had 7 saves and 3 ground balls while allowing only 3 goals scored, while Luke Bivens and Reed Robbins each grabbed 3 ground balls.

 

The second half featured more of the same, with Marc Webb adding an unassisted goal. That was followed by a great catch of a fast break pass by Griffen Hess, who was able to flip the ball back for an assist to Daniel Gonzalez for his 2nd goal of the game, allowing Coppell a comfortable three-goal lead. The Cowboys were able to melt the remaining time off the clock and come away with the 5-3 win. The Coppell JV team will play their final game of the season on Tuesday night as well.

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The Coppell Boys Lacrosse team entered their game last Thursday night against Keller with an 8-7 record on the season and needing to win all three of their remaining games to qualify for the playoffs.

 

Coppell started the scoring quickly as Ripken Reynolds won the opening face off and immediately found Spencer Haddock who shot and scored. The offenses took some time to get going, as Keller scored on an errant pass that found its way to the crease attackman for a goal, and Coppell’s Reese Walker made an athletic steal and score from the Keller goalie to give the Cowboys a 2-1 lead to end the 1st quarter.

 

Coppell got on a run after that, stretching their lead to 7-2 at halftime. Junior Reese Walker totaled an impressive 6 goals and 1 assist, to go with 3 forced turnovers, and Senior Spencer Haddock finished with 3 goals on the night.  Senior Ben Goyne added 1 goal and 3 assists, while Senior Ripken Reynolds scored 2 goals, 1 assist, and won over 80% of his face-offs for the game.

 

The defense was solid all game long, keeping Keller to only 8 shots on cage. For Coppell, Connor Choate forced 4 turnovers, followed by Ryan Gordon’s 3 forced turnovers and 3 ground balls, and Harper DeLoach grabbed 4 ground balls. The defense also forced seven failed clears by Keller on the night, making it difficult for them to mount any sort consistent offensive threat.

 

The Cowboys came away with an impressive 15-4 final score and a win, meaning they are still in the hunt for one of the final playoff spots in the Division 1 North District. Next up for Coppell will be neighboring rival Southlake High School. The two teams will square off at noon on Saturday, April 22, at Dragon Stadium, which is a critical game for both teams to stay alive for a playoff spot.

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Coppell Boys Lacrosse faced off last night against the top-ranked team in Texas, and one of the best teams in the Western United States, and it showed in the results. ESD’s Varsity team boasts numerous Division 1 college commits and some of the top players in the nation at their positions, and their Junior Varsity team shows no signs of a drop off in talent or skills coming in the next few years, as they were all very impressive Tuesday night.

 

 

In the varsity game, it quickly became apparent why ESD Senior Nakeie Montgomery, who is committed to play lacrosse next year at Duke, is considered one of the top midfielders in the country, proven by his selection this week to participate in the prestigious Under Armor All American game. After Coppell won the opening face off resulting in a quick shot and save by ESD, Montgomery took the pass, ran through the Coppell ride for a full-field clear, ran to his preferred shooting spot, then drilled a shot into the net for the goal. Junior Pat Skalniak, committed to Navy, followed that up with an unassisted goal, and after 36 seconds, the score was 2-0 ESD, and that trend continued through most of the game. Montgomery piled up an impressive 4 goals and 2 assists on the game, while leading an ESD offensive assault that attempted a total of 47 shots, with 31 of those being on cage, compared to Coppell’s 14 attempted shots with 8 of those on cage.

 

The offense for Coppell was supplied by Tommy Donaldson, who scored an unassisted goal in the 1st quarter, followed by 2nd quarter goals by Zach Bartolacci, Reese Walker, and Ben Goyne, who also had an assist, but that was the extent of the scoring for Coppell in the game, which ended with a 19-4 final score in favor of top-ranked ESD.

 

In the JV game, ESD showed off similar size and skill advantage over Coppell to what was seen in the varsity game. ESD dominated the first quarter in possession and score, staking a 5-0 lead on 5 unassisted goals. Zach Eckly posted to back-to-back goals for Coppell in the 2nd quarter to close the gap to 5-2 at half, but ESD added 3 more goals in the 3rd quarter to grow their lead again.

 

Junior Lee Martin had 7 saves on the game, including some tough stops in the second half, and Junior Nick Thurman found Sophomore Reece Reynolds on the crease with a nice pass to add another goal for Coppell, but the game ended with ESD running out the clock and taking the 8-4 win.

 

Coppell, despite dropping their past five games, is still in position to make the Division 1 Varsity playoffs if they are able to win their final three games of the year, with all of those games being played in the next six days. The first test will come this Thursday night at 8 PM as the Cowboys varsity team will travel to take on 3-6 Keller, then they play another road game against 3-6 Southlake on Saturday, and finished up back at home next Tuesday against Allen, who is currently 0-7 in District play.

Note: The pictures included with this article are from Coppell's Senior night last week since they are now available, and feature the 12 graduating Seniors on this year's team.

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This past Thursday night was Senior Night for Coppell Boys Lacrosse, a night where the program honored the twelve out-going seniors and their families. The players that were honored were Midfielder Joe Fex, Attackman Spencer Haddock, Midfielder Ripken Reynolds, Midfielder Ben Goyne, Defenseman Dylan Thompson, Midfielder Tommy Donaldson, Midfielder Ryan Finglass, Goalie Cooper McAden, LSM Connor Choate, Attackman Alex Lozano, Defenseman Adam Coberly, and Defenseman Ryan Gordon.

 

In the JV game, the Coppell Boys took on the Hebron JV team. It was a back and forth game throughout that ended in a 6-6 tie. Lee Martin made some big saves in goal to keep it close, and despite some late possessions and good looks at the goal by the Coppell offense in the final minutes, the Cowboys were unable to score the go-ahead goal.

 

In the Varsity game, Coppell took on a tough opponent from the Northwest United States, Skyline High School from Seattle, WA. Skyline looked sharp in the first quarter as they grabbed the early lead and a 2-0 advantage over the Cowboys.

 

Coppell bounced back in the second quarter on back-to-back goals by Luke Bivens, with assists coming from Reese Walker and Zack Bartolacci, putting the Cowboys on the scoreboard. Skyline took a 3-2 lead into halftime.

 

The third quarter was evenly matched as Coppell got two goals from Reese Walker and one goal from Zach Bartolacci, keeping Coppell within a one-goal margin going into the final quarter. Senior goalie Cooper McAden turned in one of the top performances of the night, facing a barrage of shots all evening and making twelve saves on the game, which was his season high.

 

Skyline was able to find the net more often in the fourth quarter than Coppell was, and powered their way to a 10-6 final score and the win. The Junior Varsity and Varsity boys will travel to Dallas on Tuesday night to take on the undefeated and top-ranked team in Texas, Episcopal School of Dallas (ESD). Try and make it down to the games on Tuesday to support the Cowboys lacrosse teams.

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Friday night marked the third straight district game for the Coppell Boys lacrosse program, this time against the defending Texas State Champion and currently 4th ranked Dallas Jesuit Rangers.

 

The varsity match was a tight game throughout, and the Cowboys struck first on an unassisted goal by Junior Reese Walker (committed to play at Lynn University). Jesuit answered back with a close range laser shot by Junior Grayson Hassell (committed to play at Naval Academy) to tie it up at 1-1. The Jesuit offense worked several methodical possessions, adding two more goals and looked ready to carry a 3-1 lead into halftime, when Reese Walker scored his second goal of the game, followed by a loose ball grab and score by Junior Zach Bartolacci, and all of the sudden, it was tied at the half.

 

The third quarter was a continued strong effort by the Coppell defense, with Seniors Ryan Gordon and Connor Choate forcing multiple turnovers and grabbing multiple ground balls. Senior Joe Fex turned in an excellent effort all game, with some full-field clears and playing great defense on some tough one-on-one assignments all night.

 

As Coppell’s man-down unit killed off a penalty late in the 3rd quarter, Cowboy’s LSM Connor Choate led a fast break clear and found Senior Attackman Spencer Haddock, who scored to give Coppell a 4-3 lead. Freshman goalie Hayden MacArthur was strong in net for Coppell, posting 9 saves on the game and helping the defense hold Jesuit scoreless for almost 23 minutes of play leading up to the 4th quarter.

 

Jesuit was able to corral loose ball scramble off of the 4th quarter opening face off and hit an open David Barnum to tie the game up at 4-4. Jesuit was then able to dominate possession time in the 4th quarter and added two more goals to build a 6-4 lead. As Jesuit worked to kill off the remaining few minutes, Coppell sparked their final scoring threat off a defensive trap and forced turnover by Ryan Gordon, who cleared to Ethan Bivens, allowing Coppell to call time out and set up a chance to make it a 1-goal game in the final minutes. Jesuit was able to make a steal and run the remainder of the clock out for the 6-4 win. It was a great effort by the Cowboys against the defending state champions, and one they will build off of as they head into their final four district games in April.

 

Earlier Friday night, the JV teams for Jesuit and Coppell faced off, with Jesuit taking an early lead and Coppell never really getting into an offensive groove. Coppell was forced to play a thin at some positions and move some players around due to a couple of injuries to key contributors. The only scoring for Coppell on the night came from Junior Nick Thurmond as the buzzer sounded to end the 2nd quarter, and on a 4th quarter goal from Brandon point, assist from Ethan Bivens.

 

But the Jesuit JV squad came ready to play and looked sharp all game long. Sophomore Zach Rilley led the scoring efforts for the Rangers with 2 goals and an assist, and the Ranger defense prevented Coppell from getting any easy looks at the goal. Jesuit Sophomore goalie William Moran (committed to play at Hofstra) was just as impressive in the JV game as he was in the varsity game, making eight or more saves in each game.

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Friday night marked the third straight district game for the Coppell Boys lacrosse program, this time against the defending Texas State Champion and currently 4th ranked Dallas Jesuit Rangers.

 

The varsity match was a tight game throughout, and the Cowboys struck first on an unassisted goal by Junior Reese Walker (committed to play at Lynn University). Jesuit answered back with a close range laser shot by Junior Grayson Hassell (committed to play at Naval Academy) to tie it up at 1-1. The Jesuit offense worked several methodical possessions, adding two more goals and looked ready to carry a 3-1 lead into halftime, when Reese Walker scored his second goal of the game, followed by a loose ball grab and score by Junior Zach Bartolacci, and just like that, it was tied at the half.

 

The third quarter was a continued strong effort by the Coppell defense, with Seniors Ryan Gordon and Connor Choate forcing multiple turnovers and grabbing multiple ground balls. Senior Joe Fex turned in an excellent effort all game, with some full-field clears and playing great defense on some tough one-on-one assignments all night.

 

As Coppell’s man-down unit killed off a penalty late in the 3rd quarter, Cowboy’s LSM Connor Choate led a fast break clear and found Senior Spencer Haddock, who scored to give Coppell a 4-3 lead. Freshman goalie Hayden MacArthur was strong in net for Coppell, posting 9 saves on the game and helping the defense hold Jesuit scoreless for almost 23 minutes of play leading up to the 4th quarter.

 

Jesuit was able to corral a loose ball off of the 4th quarter opening face-off and hit an open David Barnum who scored to tie the game up at 4-4. Jesuit was then able to dominate possession time in the 4th quarter and added two more goals to build a 6-4 lead. As Jesuit worked to kill off the remaining few minutes, Coppell sparked their final scoring threat off a defensive trap and forced turnover by Ryan Gordon, who cleared to Ethan Bivens, allowing Coppell to call time out and set up a chance to make it a one-goal game in the final minutes. But Jesuit was able to make a steal and run the remainder of the clock out for the 6-4 win. It was a great effort by the Cowboys against the defending state champions, and one they will build off of as they head into their final four district games in April.

 

Earlier that night, the JV teams for Jesuit and Coppell faced off, with Jesuit taking an early lead and Coppell never really getting into an offensive groove. Coppell was thin on defense and had to move some players around due to a couple of injuries to key contributors. The only scoring for Coppell on the night came from Junior Nick Thurmond as the buzzer sounded to end the 2nd quarter, and on a 4th quarter goal from Brandon Point, with an assist from Ethan Bivens.

 

But the Jesuit JV squad came ready to play and looked sharp all game long. Sophomore Zach Rilley led the scoring efforts for the Rangers with 2 goals and an assist, and the Ranger defense prevented Coppell from getting any easy looks at the goal. Jesuit Sophomore goalie William Moran (committed to play at Hofstra) was just as impressive in the JV game as he was in the varsity game, making eight or more saves in each game.

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Coppell Boys Varsity Lacrosse is making its way through one of the more difficult stretches of their schedule, as they take on three district opponents, all ranked in the top 6 teams in the state in Division 1, during an 8-day stretch that began last Friday.

 

The first test came last week as the Cowboys took on the then 6th-ranked Plano West Wolves. Plano West jumped out to the early lead on almost identical plays of Freshman Wilson Murphree finding Junior Thomas Aniol open on the crease for a pair of goals. But Coppell answered back with two goals of their own by Spencer Haddock (1 goal, 1 assist in the game) and Walker Cain (2 goals in the game), making it a 2-2 score to end the 1st quarter. The teams then traded goals throughout the 2nd quarter with Reese Walker (2 goals on the night) and Ripken Reynolds scoring for Coppell.

 

The 3rd quarter belonged to the defenses, with a total of 10 saves and only 1 goal scored between the two teams. Coppell held Plano West scoreless in the quarter, and Plano West goalie Ryan Darby showed why he is an Under Armor All-American and Johns Hopkins commit, adding several stops on his way to a 15+ save game for the Wolves. The lone goal in the quarter came on an impressive running shot by Coppell’s Reese Walker into the top right corner of the net, to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the final quarter.

 

Plano West pulled away in the 4th quarter as Senior Cody Foster (committed to play at D-1 Jacksonville) simply powered his way to his 2nd and 3rd goals of the game. Plano West grew the lead to 9-6 before adding an open-net goal in the final seconds for a 10-6 final score.

 

On Tuesday, the Coppell boys headed down to Highland Park to take on the #1-ranked Scots, who had just lost their first in-state game of the season this weekend to The Woodlands. The skills and experience of Highland Park became apparent quickly, as they worked their face off wins and fast transition offense into an early 4-0 lead. Junior Cooper Kneese scored 4 of Highland Park’s first 7 goals on his way to a 5-goal performance. The Cowboy defense settled a bit in the 2nd quarter and slowed the scoring, but HP still had a comfortable 8-3 lead at the mid-way point.

 

The offense for Coppell was spread evenly with 7 players scoring goals. Walker Cain had 2 goals and Zach Bartolacci and Spencer Haddock each posted one goal and one assist. Ryan Gordon was the top contributor from the defense, winning 3 ground balls, forcing 3 turnovers, and getting 1 assist. Goalie Hayden MacArthur had a busy night making a season-high 14 saves, but the Scots offense was too much as they powered their way to a 16-8 victory over the Cowboys.

 

Coppell will head back home for their next game on just three days of rest, when they take on Dallas Jesuit Prep on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 PM at Lesley Field. It will be another tough opponent for the Cowboys, as Jesuit is ranked 4th in the state of Texas.

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The Coppell JV Boys were able to hold on for a close win over Plano West JV last Friday, but ended up with their first loss of the season Tuesday night at the hands of Highland Park.  Both games were decided by a single goal and saw the momentum swing throughout the matches.

 

The game against Plano West last week saw Coppell strike first on an unassisted goal by Walker Cain, but Plano equalized in the 2nd quarter to tie things 1-1 at halftime. Peyton Barron provided the bulk of the offense in the 3rd quarter, scoring 2 unassisted goals, as Coppell stretched the lead to 4-2 entering the final quarter.

 

Plano West then scored three unanswered goals in the 4th quarter and took a 5-4 lead with just 3:37 remaining in the game. That is when Junior Nick Thurmond stepped up and scored two clutch goals on outside shots (assists by Ethan Bivens and Jack Liese, respectively), giving Coppell a come-from-behind win late in the game.

 

Ethan Bivens led the defensive efforts with 2 forced turnovers and 3 ground balls, and the goalies combined for 8 saves on the game, including a big save by Lee Martin on a close-in shot late in the game.

 

On Tuesday night, the JV Boys traveled to face traditional power program Highland Park, and things started off well for the Cowboys. Luke Bivens got the Cowboy offense going with an unassisted goal, and later in the half Daniel Gonzalez found Peyton Barron (2 goals on the game) for a score and a 3-1 lead at halftime. Reid Robbins led the defensive unit with 4 forced turnovers and 2 ground balls, along with Lars Mazurek’s 1 forced turnover and 2 groundballs. Reese Reynolds was strong at the faceoff line, winning 9 of 13.

 

But Highland Park got their offense going in the 4th quarter, outscoring the Cowboys 3-1 in the final frame, which was enough to give the Scots the 5-4 win, and saddle Coppell with its first loss of the season. Coppell JV will face another stiff test on Friday night when they take on Dallas Jesuit Prep at Lesley Field at 6 PM, followed by the varsity teams at 7:30 PM. Please come out and support the Cowboys lacrosse program.

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Coppell Lacrosse Association and the Coppell Boy’s High School lacrosse teams are proud to host a new community event, Lace Up with LAX, dedicated to donating shoes to children who are homeless. The event is Tuesday, April 25 at S.P. Lesley Field, as the Coppell Boy’s Lacrosse teams take on Allen. Shoes will be collected at the J.V. and Varsity games and all Coppell teams will be recognized during the game’s half-times. Varsity game starts at 6:30pm and J.V. plays at 8:00pm.

 

Coppell Lacrosse Association is participating in Lace Up With LAXThe lacrosse games will involve lacrosse players, coaches, spectators and the community donating and bringing new pairs of shoes for children who are homeless to the game. The mission of this national nonprofit organization is to define the legacy of our players off the field by helping end homelessness one step at a time.”  Since Lace Up With LAX’s inception in 2013, over 2000 pairs of NEW shoes have been donated to homeless shelters throughout the United States.   

 

The original project began in 2013 with a single school, Pope High School. Since inception, the Lace Up With LAX model has spread to over 100 teams in high schools, colleges, universities and independent lacrosse programs in the United States, Canada and England mostly by word of mouth or through their website: www.laceupwithlax.org.

 

The Coppell Lace Up With LAX event is open to the public. Each attendee is asked to bring at least one pair of new children’s athletic shoes to the game. All shoes donated will go to Jonathon’s Place (www.jpkids.org) an area organization that helps North Texas’ abused, abandoned and neglected children.

 

For more information, go to: https://leagueathletics.com/Default.asp?org=coppell-lacrosse.com

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Coppell Boys JV continues to build momentum on their strong season by getting wins last week over Flower Mound JV and Bridge Lacrosse, moving their record on the season to six wins and no losses. They have collected those wins in impressive fashion as well, posting a cumulative 65 goals scored total, and only 24 goals allowed on the season.

 

The game with Flower Mound on Wednesday was a tight one, with Flower Mound gaining an early 3-2 lead over the Cowboys, who had to battle back to tie the game up at 4-4 at the half. Early goals for Coppell came from Brandon Point (2 goals on the game), Peyton Barron, and Walker Cain (1 goal, 1 assist on the game).

 

The Coppell defense settled in and got the Flower Mound attackmen under control, limiting them to just 1 goal in the 2nd half. Midfielder Luke Bivens did a little bit of everything for Coppell, contributing 2 assists in the 2nd half, and scooping up a team-high 4 groundballs on the game. The Cowboys ended up with a 7-5 victory on the night.

 

On Saturday, the Coppell JV team faced off with Bridge Lacrosse. The bigger story here is the opportunity this game provided for Coppell Lacrosse to play a role in supporting and developing the Bridge Lacrosse program in Dallas.

 

Bridge Lacrosse is non-profit youth development organization serving the urban communities of North Texas, primarily South Dallas, West Dallas, and Oak Cliff, and neighboring communities (http://bridgelacrossedallas.org/). While the sport of Lacrosse has grown significantly in the suburbs and private school communities of Dallas over the past ten years, the urban areas have grown more slowly due to some of the constraints around fielding outdoor lacrosse teams (large field requirements, cost of equipment, number of players needed, cost of experienced coaches, etc.). The Mission of Bridge Lacrosse is to bring the experiences and life lessons of the game of lacrosse to some of the under-served areas of Dallas, and the progress and positive impact that the program is making was certainly on display this past weekend in Coppell.

 

Bridge opened the scoring in the game with an unassisted goal by freshman Dorian Craven. Junior Jaylon Hunter dodged his way through the Coppell defense to score another goal later in the 1st quarter. Coppell answered back with some offense from Juniors Marc Webb (2 goals, 2 assists on the game) and Nick Thurmond (2 goals, 1 assist on the game), to give Coppell a 5-2 lead after the first quarter.

 

Coppell also had solid offensive production from Cole Kaiser, Peyton Barron, and Jace Baccus. Jack Liese was not only strong at the face off spot for the Cowboys, but scored 3 goals in the game as well. The defensive standout for Bridge was their goalie, Freshman Meccai Morgan, who made numerous saves on the day while facing down a steady stream of shots.

 

Coppell will get ready for their toughest test of the season when they take on Plano West JV at 6 PM this Friday night at Lesley Field in Coppell. Please come out and cheer on the Cowboys.