The Triad Blackhawks concluded their sixth summer as four teams — U13, U15, HS Bravo, and HS Apache — participated in the first annual 6M Midsummer Meltdown at Oak Ridge Town Park today and yesterday. Almost 50 players saw their first tournament action, and each of the teams played their best lacrosse at the end of the tournament. The Apache team took home the high school championship with a grueling 3-2 win over the Greensboro Lacrosse Club. The U13, U15, and Bravo teams each saved their best games for last and competed well in the tournament. The U13 team, in particular, showed such heart and passion and enjoyment
of the great game throughout the tournament, even as they lost a key midfielder to an ankle injury, their goalie to a hip injury, and two other injuries that kept players off the field in the later games. The improvement of each of these teams over the course of the weekend is a testament to the resilience and coachability of each of the players and the players-first developmental approach of our talented coaches.
The high school championship game between the Blackhawks Apache team and Greensboro Lacrosse Club (GLC) proved to be one of the tournament’s most exciting games. The teams battled it out to a scoreless tie at halftime, with Apache having outshot GLC by a considerable margin but consistently failing to get the ball past sterling GLC keeper Griffin Glover. After GLC scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Northwest Guilford HS trio of midfielders — Robert Russell, Brian Miller, and Aaron Blake — each scored a goal, with Ragsdale attackman Austin Prairieproviding 2 assists — to edge GLC for the tournament title. The ‘Hawks ended up undefeated on the weekend, conceding only 19 shots on goal and 7 goals in 5 games behind
an active and opportunistic defense led by Ragsdale’s Z’Andre Minter and the solid goalkeeping of HP Central’s Jacob Freeman. The Blackhawks controlled possession in most games, as Brenan Romero and Aaron Parrish excelled at the faceoff “x” for the Blackhawks. Prairie, who had 2 assists in the championship game, led all attackmen in scoring with 8 goals and 2 assists for the weekend. It was the middie play of Miller (9 g, 4 a), Blake (7 g, 3 a), and Parrish (11 g, 1 a), however, that provided much of the offensive
spark over the weekend. This was truly a program win, as all 140 of the Blackhawks’ high school players this summer competed against one another in HOTT Lax during June to make each other better.
The Blackhawks conclude their sixth summer with a huge “Thank You!” to our players for the effort, sportsmanship, and teamwork that were the hallmark of the Blackhawks’ teams in the Midsummer Meltdown and to all the coaches and players who participated this summer.