Weddington High’s Shipley Bros. aiming for state championship finale
Weddington High is a N.C. state lacrosse champion again
The Warriors got behind Chapel Hill early Friday night in the 2019 state final but scored 10 unanswered goals in what turned out to be a 16-5 rout. Weddington won its third straight N.C. 1A/2A/3A championship after Union County rival Marvin Ridge won in the 2016 season.
Friday, James Shipley was named championship MVP after going for four goals and three assists.
Chapel Hill drew first blood in the opening quarter as Ben Gleiter slipped one past the keeper just 71 seconds into the game to put the Tigers up 1-0.
But Shipley’s first goal came 96 seconds later. With 7:24 left in the first quarter, Shipley scored again for a 2-1 lead and the Warriors turned it on after that, scoring six more goals in the first quarter, with Will Shipley scoring twice, James Shipley adding his third, and Eamon Murphy, Jared Papake and Chase Jones all getting in on the action.
Anthony Todaro ripped one past the keeper to open the scoring in the second, just twelve seconds into the quarter. Will Shipley added the final goal of the first half with 4:04 to play, putting the Warriors up 10-1 at the intermission.
Chapel Hill finished the season 16-4 on the year. The Tigers were 5-1 in their conference and made it to the State Championship Match for the first time in program history.
Weddington completed the year 16-1, with a perfect 5-0 record in conference play. The Warriors are unbeaten in state final matches.
The NCHSAA contributed to this article