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St. Mark's, Episcopal School of Dallas win in different ways as both advance to boys state lacrosse championship game
PLANO — With a stiff breeze at its back, St. Mark’s had an opportunity to seize control early in its boys state lacrosse semifinal against Highland Park on Saturday.
The result was a four-goal flurry in the first quarter, leading St. Mark’s to an 8-4 win in the first of two Texas High School Lacrosse League semifinals at John Clark Stadium.
St. Mark’s (17-3) will seek its first state title Sunday in its fifth championship game appearance in seven years.
In a rematch of last year’s title game, St. Mark’s dominated possession throughout the first half and used a stifling defense to limit scoring opportunities for Highland Park (14-3).
Tommy Addy scored two of the four first-quarter goals for St. Mark’s and added two assists as his team took a 5-0 lead at halftime.
“We had a lot of confidence going into the game,” Addy said. “We just came out swinging, and after that we just kept rolling.”
Kevin Ken led a mild rally for Highland Park with two goals in a two-minute span in the third quarter. But a pair of goals by Danny Koudelka kept St. Mark’s out of reach.
St. Mark’s handed Highland Park its only loss in district play last month in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Saturday’s loss ended a 12-game winning streak at the state tournament for Highland Park dating to 2001.
ESD 6, Jesuit 5: Richie Loftus scored with 11 seconds remaining to break a 5-5 tie for Episcopal School of Dallas, which used two goals in the final three minutes to upset top-ranked Jesuit in the second semifinal.
Jack Beare tallied the tying goal off an assist from Loftus with 2:16 left for ESD, which will face St. Mark’s for the championship at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in a rematch of the 2007 title game.
Garrett Van Den Ven scored with 5:40 left to cap a run of four consecutive goals for top-ranked Jesuit (15-2), which trailed 4-1 at halftime. Jesuit used an aggressive attack to score three times in the third quarter, with Zach Coker posting a goal and an assist during the comeback.
Jack Blair scored three goals before halftime for ESD (14-7), and Loftus added a goal and an assist. ESD controlled the tempo in the first half and shut out Jesuit for the first 22 minutes.
Jesuit suffered its second straight one-goal loss in the state semifinals after falling 5-4 to Highland Park last season.