Jesuit High School Takes Varsity Title at Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic park

Jesuit High School of New Orleans captured the varsity championship at the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic on Sunday afternoon at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. The Blue Jays, who defeated Spain Park High of Birmingham, 10-7, in the championship match, are the first local team to earn the title in the seventh year of the event. The Offensive Most Valuable Player of the event was Jesuit’s Thomas Nimmo, who tallied one goal and five assists in the title match, while the Defensive MVP was Paul Stapp, also from Jesuit.

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The tournament featured an all-time high of 56 teams playing in a variety of divisions. Other category winners were:

Girls – Team Lax Chix from Pensacola, Fla.
U 11 – TNT (Team North Texas from Dallas, Texas)
U 13 – TNT
U 15 – Carrollton
Freshmen – TNT
JV Pool 1 – Brother Martin
JV Pool 2 – TNT

Jesuit advanced to the title game by defeating Cedar Ridge from outside Austin, Texas, while Spain Park reached the finals win a victory over Ocean Springs (Miss.).

In the final match, the Blue Jays jumped out to a 3-0 advantage behind goals from Garrett Perez (assisted by Max Murret), Cameron Guernsey (with Nimmo earning his first assist) and Dominic Sunseri. The Jaguars recovered, however, as Bobby Hanley, David Annakin, Ben Lipinski and Trent Harper each found the back of the net to sandwich Jesuit goals from Arman Alizadeh and Nimmo making it 5-4 Jesuit at the half.

Jesuit again started strong in the second half as Geurnsey, Perez and Alizadeh all netted points, including two more Nimmo assists, for an 8-4 Blue Jay advantage. Spain Park’s Jojo Sturma, with an assist from Chandler Dercks, stopped the run briefly, but Perez tallied his third goal of the afternoon and Evan Fitzpatrick added his first (with Nimmo’s final assist) to make it 10-5. Late goals from Sturma and Harper for the Jaguars accounted for the final score.

The varsity competition had been highlighted by Klein High School from outside Houston. Klein has collected five titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) in the event, but was forced to cancel this year due to the extreme weather on Friday. St. Thomas More from Lafayette, earned the title in 2011.

The complete list of high schools participating is as follows (most schools had multiple teams entered):

Archbishop Rummel, Metairie, La.
Brother Martin, New Orleans, La.
Catholic, Baton Rouge, La.
Cedar Ridge, Round Rock, Texas
Central, Baton Rouge, La.
Dutchtown, Geismar, La.
Friendswood, Friendswood, Texas
Holy Cross, New Orleans, La.
Jesuit, New Orleans, La.
Northshore, Slidell, La.
Ocean Springs, Ocean Spring, Miss.
St. Martin’s Episcopal, Metairie, La.
St. Paul’s, Covington, La.
St. Thomas More, Lafayette, La.
Spain Park, Hoover, Ala.
Walter L. Cohen, New Orleans, La.

For more information on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic, please visit www.fonolax.com or email Rob Wyman at uslaxref@aol.com.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl will continue its extensive involvement with the sport of lacrosse as it sponsors the fourth annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Lacrosse Series March 7-9 at Pan American Stadium in City Park. The weekend of collegiate action will include nine collegiate club teams: Alabama, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas State and Tulane.

Tentative Collegiate Schedule:
Friday, March 7

6 pm: South Carolina vs. Alabama
8:30 pm: LSU vs. Tennessee

Saturday, March 8
11 am: South Carolina vs. Houston
1:30 pm: Texas State vs. Tennessee
4 pm: LSU vs. Alabama
6:30 pm: ULL vs. Miami

Sunday, March 9
9:30 am: Houston vs. Miami
12 pm: Texas State vs. South Carolina
2:30 pm: ULL vs. Tulane

Lacrosse is recognized as one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States; the sport has seen youth participation grow over 500 percent since 1999 to nearly 250,000. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Series shows that growth as well. The inaugural Allstate Sugar Bowl high school lacrosse event in 2007 had eight teams participating. Since that time, the event has grown to a capacity slate of nearly 60 teams, while adding a second weekend which highlights collegiate club programs. The collegiate event began with two teams in 2011 and now features a full weekend slate of games.