Local teams from Newnan, Northgate and East Coweta high schools begin state playoff lacrosse action today, starting with the Newnan girls and the EC and Newnan boys.
The Indians of East Coweta – the 2017 Coweta Cup champions – are set to host the Walton Raiders today at 6:30 p.m. at Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium. It’s the first time since 2014 that the Indians (10-4 overall) have qualified for the state lacrosse playoffs, and it’s the first time in more than five years since the EC boys have hosted a state playoff game. EC’s last two playoff games (2013, 2014) were on the road.
“The guys are excited and looking forward to playing a good team like Walton at home,” said fifth-year Indians head coach Nick Crider. “I’ve told them all year long that it’s beneficial to be able to start the playoffs in familiar surroundings. I’m proud of them for getting a home playoff game, which was one of our goals this season.”
Crider said No. 3 seed Walton (12-6) will be a tough opponent for the No. 2-seeded Indians, as the Raiders have a history of good lacrosse play and come from the toughest area in the state.
“My guys are ready for the challenge of playing Walton. If we play like we are capable of playing, we can match up well with them,” Crider said.
The No. 3 seed Newnan Cougars (11-5) make the trip to Marietta today to face the No. 2 Lassiter Trojans (13-4), with game time set for 7:30 p.m.
The No. 2 seed Newnan Lady Cougars (13-5) will host the No. 3 Pope Lady Greyhounds at 6 p.m. today at Drake Stadium. The Lady Cougars have won six of their last eight games, but fell 15-11 to Northgate in their regular-season finale on April 28 in the girls Coweta Cup finals.
The only state-playoff game in town Thursday will be the No. 1 seed Northgate Lady Vikings (12-4) hosting the No. 4 seed Roswell Lady Hornets (9-7) at 6:30 p.m. at Henry Seldon Field. This will be a history-making event for Northgate, the 2017 girls Coweta Cup champions, as the Lady Vikings will be playing their first-ever state-playoff match.