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Hockaday among favorites entering Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state tournament
As long as Hockaday is winning lacrosse titles, it may as well shoot to do so on consecutive weekends. Coming off its first Southwest Preparatory Conference championship since 2007, Hockaday will play Saturday in the semifinals of the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League state tournament.
Hockaday reached the lacrosse league’s final last season and returns a core of seven seniors, including Emily Wechsler, who scored an overtime goal in Hockaday’s last state championship in 2012.
“We have seven girls who have played together on a team that won state, and they know what it takes,” Hockaday coach Elia Stanfield said. “It’s been nice to see them give the leadership to really solidify the team. We’re excited to win SPC. It means a lot to our school. But the team is focused. I know it’s a cliché, but one game at a time. And we’re thinking about playing the semifinal.”
As the top seed from the north division, Hockaday has a quarterfinal bye before it plays the winner of Houston St. John’s vs. Austin St. Andrew’s at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The state final will be at 11:45 a.m. Sunday.
Also in the Division I bracket, Coppell plays Austin St. Stephen’s in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m. Saturday. If Coppell advances, it meets No. 1 seed Houston Lamar in the semifinals at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. All games are at Bertron Field in southwest Houston.
In Division II, Keller plays Katy in the quarterfinals. Frisco is the No. 2 seed and will play in the semifinals against the winner of Houston St. Agnes vs. Georgetown. The Division II final is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Hockaday could play back-to-back matches against St. John’s, a longtime state power. Hockaday defeated St. John’s, 9-8, to win the SPC championship last Saturday. Senior goalie Lily Guevel continued her standout season by holding off a frantic St. John’s rally. Wechsler led Hockaday with three goals.
Guevel, Wechsler, Meredith Mihalopoulous and Grace Gilker received all-state honors. Hockaday has a tradition of nationally known players, including former U.S. national team member and 2012 Lacrosse Honda Sports Award winner Taylor Thornton, as well as Northwestern player Maggie Fobare.
Stanfield describes Hockaday’s current team as one that is “fast, athletic, never gives up and shares the ball well.” It could be the first to win SPC and state titles in the same season.
“Both [championships] are big deals,” Stanfield said. “Both in the same year would be special.”