Raleigh’s Cardinal Gibbons High School is -- again -- king of N.C. lacrosse.
Gibbons pulled away from Ardrey Kell Saturday to win the 2019 state championship 12-5. It was Gibbons’ fourth state championship and its first since 2016.
Ardrey Kell was in the finals for the first time in school history.
Gibbons controlled most of the possession during the afternoon, led by championship MVP Nick Gorman who was 18 for 18 at face-offs. Gorman was named the game MVP.
Cardinal Gibbons struck first in the opening quarter as Will Stock ripped one past the keeper to put the Crusaders up 1-0 after 2:20 of play. The Knights responded with two goals of their own, both scored by Ardrey Kell senior Adam Tibbals. Ardrey Kell’s lead was short lived as the Crusaders added two goals from Will Stock and Joe Torres to go up 3-2 after one quarter.
The Crusaders tacked on five more goals in the second quarter and continued their dominance in the second half, running away for an easy win.
Ardrey Kell finished the season 19-3 on the year. The Knights had a perfect 6-0 record in conference play.
Cardinal Gibbons completed the season with an 18-4 record, while staying undefeated in conference play, 12-0.
▪ Cardinal Gibbons’ girls also won the state title Saturday, beating Charlotte Catholic 17-10 in a rematch of the 2018 state final.
Cardinal Gibbons won the program’s fourth straight NCHSAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship, and game MVP Caroline Kimel led the way for the Crusaders with three goals and five assists.
Cardinal Gibbons dominated the second half, outscoring the Cougars 11-4, thanks to four goals from junior Bailey Mutch. Catholic struggled to mount many offensive possessions in the second half, but got two goals from Caleigh Brady, and one goal each from Kaitlin Coleman and Kylie Skovira.
Charlotte Catholic finished 17-5 on the year. The Cougars had a 4-1 record in conference play and made it to the State Championship Match for the fifth time in program in history.
Cardinal Gibbons completed the season with an 18-3 record, while staying undefeated in conference play, 10-0. The Crusaders claimed their fourth consecutive and all-time NCHSAA State Championship.