High School Lacrosse Stories of the Year

Sticks for Soldiers is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition in Fairfield, Conn. The high school lacrosse tournament has raised more than $105,000 for wounded soldiers. Courtesy of Jim Tommins

Whether you follow lacrosse at your school, your state or nationally, these stories likely caught your attention this year.

Editors at ESPNHS selected these as the stories of the year.

MIAA Gets Easier?

Maryland's toughest lacrosse conference may get a little easier. Several days after Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) won the 2011 MIAA Championship over Calvert Hall (Baltimore, Md.) in May, coaches and athletic directors from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) met to address the concerns surrounding the two-division format being a burden on teams.

Behind The Scenes At The Warrior 40

Sean McDonagh scored a game-high five goals and added an assist to lead the Orange team to a 13-12 win over the Blue to a win at the second annual Warrior 40 in July. Go deeper into the event with our behind the scenes at the 2011 Warrior 40 story.

Sticks For Soldiers

In Fairfield (Conn.), the days after Thanksgiving don't just include cold turkey sandwiches topped with cranberry sauce. In fact, the people there have more thanks to give that Saturday when the school hosts a lacrosse tournament charity event called Sticks for Soldiers to raise money for wounded troops.

Best Of All Time?

What better way to wrap up 2011 than to take a look back at the team that could go down as one of the best high school lacrosse teams of all time? Haverford School (Haverford, Pa.) won the POWERADE FAB 50 national championship and went 23-0. It was the wire-to-wire national No. 1 team.

Runyon Focused On What He Can Do

Back in April, ESPNHS reported the story of Kyle Runyon. Doctors said Runyon would not be able to play sports at a high level. They said his chances of catching a ball in any sport would be too difficult. But the senior lacrosse star at Coronado (Coronado, Calif.) saw it a different way. With only one working eye, Runyon proved his doubters wrong sport-by-sport, award-by-award.

All Smiles

Kelsey and Maggie Mirkin looked at each other and started giggling. They couldn’t help it. They never can. Whenever the twin lacrosse players from Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) are together, which is all the time, they’re usually laughing about something.