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Call them Warriors: Weddington dominates in 2nd straight NC lacrosse state title win

Weddington's lacrosse team won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A/3A state championship Friday
Weddington's lacrosse team won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A/2A/3A state championship Friday

The Weddington HIgh boys lacrosse team left little doubt as to who was the top 3A team in the state.

The Warriors won their second straight 1A/2A/3A state championship Friday night, decisively beating East Chapel Hill 20-6 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. East Chapel Hill's 16-game win streak ended in the finals.

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Weddington High lacrosse star Anthony Todaro was named MVP of the NCHSAA 1A/2A/3A state championships Friday NCHSAA

Anthony Todaro, a sophomore, had eight goals in the game, outscoring East Chapel Hill's entire team. Todaro also added three assists and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Weddington junior Eamon Murphy added four goals on a night when nine different Warriors scored. net.

Weddington started a little slow, getting 12 shot attempts in the first quarter. Warrior Ryan Goldstein finally opened the scoring with 6 minutes, 33 seconds left in the first quarter. Todaro followed that with a pair of goals, off assists from Goldstein and Will Shipley.

Weddington (17-2) went up 3-0 and never looked back. At one point, the Warriors led 12-1. East Chapel Hill scored twice after that, briefly getting some life, but Weddington slammed the door shut with four more goals in a row.

East Chapel Hill finished the season 19-2. The Wildcats made their second appearance in an NCHSAA State Championship game, returning to the Championship match for the first time since an appearance in the Open Classification final of 2011.

The 4A girls and boys finals will be played Saturday at WakeMed. Cardinal Gibbons and Charlotte Catholic meet at noon in the girls game. The boys final at 2:30 p.m. matches Middle Creek and Lake Norman.

Stats

WED ECH

20 Goals 6

31 Shots 24

4 Saves 7

16 Draws 13

37 GB 32





Scoring Summary

First Quarter

6:33 – WED – Ryan Goldstein goal, unassisted (WED 1-0)

3:16 – WED – Anthony Todaro goal, assisted by Will Shipley (WED 2-0)

0:10 – WED – Anthony Todaro goal, assisted by Ryan Goldstein (WED 3-0)

Second Quarter

11:49 – WED – Whitner Litton goal, assisted by Anthony Todaro (WED 4-0)

10:55 – WED – James Shipley goal, assisted by Will Shipley (WED 5-0)

10:01 – ECH – Taylor Greeno goal, assisted by Ryan Levy (WED 5-1)

8:11 – WED – Ryan Goldstein goal, assisted by Anthony Todaro (WED 6-1)

7:40 – WED – Anthony Todaro goal, assisted by James Shipley (WED 7-1)

6:46 – WED – Anthony Todarao goal, unassisted (WED 8-1)

6:36 – WED – Chase Turner goal, unassisted (WED 9-1)

5:12 – WED – Eamon Murphy goal, assisted by Michael Burns (WED 10-1)

2:35 – WED – Anthony Todaro goal, assisted by Will Shipley (WED 11-1)

1:33 – WED – PJ Johnson goal, unassisted (WED 12-1)

0:44 – ECH – Jack Koonce goal, assisted by Taylor Greeno (WED 12-2)

Third Quarter

10:57 – ECH – Ryan Levy goal, unassisted (WED 12-3)

10:22 – WED – Eamon Murphy goal, assisted by Will Shipley (WED 13-3)

8:45 – WED – Anthony Todaro goal, assisted by James Shipley (WED 14-3)

7:34 – WED – Eamon Murphy goal, assisted by Anthony Todaro (WED 15-3)

5:20 – WED – Anthony Todaro goal, assisted by James Shipley (WED 16-3)

3:41 – ECH – Jack Koonce goal, assisted by Seiji Stanford (WED 16-4)

1:13 – WED – Will Shipley goal, unassisted (WED 17-4)

Fourth Quarter

11:05 – ECH – Ryan Levy goal, unassisted (WED 17-5)

10:08 – WED – Patrick Burke goal, unassisted (WED 18-5)

8:40 – WED – Eamon Murphy goal, assisted by James Shipley (WED 19-5)

7:38 – WED – Anthony Todaro goal, unassisted (WED 20-5)

5:15 – ECH – Noah Mills goal, unassisted (WED 20-6)

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