Jordan nips arch-rival ECH in boys' state lacrosse quarterfinals
When it comes to spirited rivalries in high school sports, it’s hard to imagine passions boiling any hotter than in a Jordan-East Chapel Hill boys lacrosse game.
And in a punishing state championship quarterfinals playoff Friday night, Jordan won 10-8 to advance to the semifinals on Tuesday against the winner of Apex and Green Hope.
“We hate each other,” Jordan attacker Owen Perrien said in a moment of unvarnished candor. “We actually lost to them twice in a row during the season. We wanted this one real bad.”
“We’re tied now for the farthest Jordan’s ever made it in the playoffs, so it’s a pretty big deal. It’s awesome. There’s no words,” Perrien said.
East Chapel Hill grabbed a stunning 2-0 lead before the game’s first minute elapsed.
“It was a little bit demoralizing, but after that I just said, ‘I’m going to score two quick ones too behind my back.’ That’s how we do around here,” said Perrien, who had four goals and two assists on the night.
“We were fighting for lead and the whole team stepped up. Once we got the lead we kept it,” Perrien said.
Jesse Melton, who had a hat trick, said the difference in the game was the Falcons’ “crisp passes, movement. I dodged hard for the first time in a long time. Both Owen and I were looking for each other backside and that definitely helped out today.”
Jordan coach Jamie Sliwa said after the first two losses the strategy was to stop the Wildcats’ “incredible players” Ian Levin and Chris Cox.
“So we decided to play a four-on-four game and not let Levin and Cox touch the ball, and double them every time they did touch the ball, and it seemed to work,” Sliwa said.
Sliwa said the team has “really rallied around” All-American Thomas Schmidt after he tore his ACL in pre-season. Schmidt has not been back on the playing field but is helping as an assistant coach.
Also Friday, Chapel Hill was eliminated 12-2 by Cardinal Gibbons and Durham Academy eliminated Arden Christ School 9-6 in the NCISAA semifinals. DA will travel to Charlotte Latin to play for the state independent schools boys’ lacrosse title today at 10:30 a.m.
Jordan 10, East Chapel Hill 8
Jordan |4 |2 |3 |1 — 10
East Chapel Hill |5 |1 |1 |1 — 8
11:20 Chris Cox (ECH)
11:07 Ellis Llewellyn (ECH)
10:12 Cleveland May (Jordan)
8:28 Owen Perrien (Jordan)
8:19 Ian Levin (ECH)
7:00 Jesse Melton (Jordan)
4:23 Connor Love (Jordan)
:32 Cox (ECH)
:10 Levin (ECH) (5-4 ECH)
10:22 Perrien (Jordan) (5-5)
7:11 Perrien (Jordan) (6-5 J)
5:54 Alan Liu (ECH) (6-6)
8:55 May (Jordan) (7-6)
6:11 Collin MacClennan (ECH) (7-7)
2:44 Jesse Melton (Jordan) (8-7)
1:54 Patrick Rowe (Jordan) (9-7)
11:33 Melton (Jordan) 10-7
5:14 Dan Veneziano (ECH) 10-8