Four games into this summer’s HS HOTT Lax action, tough defense and outstanding goalkeeping have kept scores low and games exciting. Six teams are off and running in their quest to secure the HOTT Lax championship.
With Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Beastly Llamas and 6-1 pelting of the Gang of Blue, Fire Breathers (3-1) holds the early lead over Steamed Crabs (3-1) on goal differential. The Fire Breathers have relied on balanced scoring (including Austin Prairie with 4 goals and 2 assists), the Ragsdale defensive duo of Mitchell Jackson and Z’Andre Minter, the full-field intensity of Trevor and Matt Woods, and the clutch goalkeeping of Jacob Pace (68% saves), while the Crabs boast the East Forsyth scoring tandem of Nike Blue Chip Aaron Parrish (8 goals) and cat-quick Charlie Bugg (5 goals) along with Jaden “Grins” Knowles (3 g, 1 a) and a strong
complement of Alamance County players.
Four teams — Top Cheese, Beastly Llamas, Gang of Blue, and Wi Nots — are tied with 1-2-1 records. Top Cheese is led by last summer’s offensive player of the year, Brian Miller, and his NW Guilford teammate Aaron Blake along with top defensive middie Brenan Romero and goalie Jacob Freeman (79% saves). Beastly Llamas have relied upon Tommy Fradenburg, Sam Burgmann, and Andre Carrano on defense and Stephen Arkiszewski and August Case on offense. Llama keeper Tyler Perkins boasts an 85% save percentage. The Wi Nots have struggled a bit offensively, but have stayed in games on the backs of defender Tracer Leonard and goalie Parker Dotson. The Gang of Blue looks strong when goalie save leader Thompson Vickers is in a zone, and the goal-scoring capability of Isaac Shore and the full-field tenacity of middies Nieko Overton and Keyvon Davis has other teams on the lookout for a run by this team.
Stats and standings appear at HS HOTT Lax.
Plenty of games left before the “cream rises to the top.”