ROSWELL, Ga. — With its high-powered offense and stingy defense, Centennial boys lacrosse has clinched the Area 7 championship with two area games remaining. The Knights’ have the highest scoring offense in the state, averaging just over 20 goals per game, and have scored over 25 goals in a quarter of its games.
Much of that offensive production has come from University of North Carolina-commit Nicky Solomon who has compiled 96 points on the year and is approaching 400 career points in just his junior season. Solomon’s brother, Nathaniel, played for Centennial from 2012-15 and holds state records for career goals, assists and points.
While its offense builds leads with its scoring proficiency, Centennial’s stout defense keeps those leads. The Knights are allowing an average of just 7.4 goals per game with Eric Cecere in goal.
Centennial clinched the area championship with a 20-4 win over Brookwood. With a 6-0 record in area games, the Knights ensured the title with the win over the Broncos who sit two games behind Centennial in the standings with two area games remaining for each team.
The Knights have outscored area opponents 157-14 in their first season in Area 7.
Centennial will finish its area schedule against MLK this week and against Lakeside-Dekalb on April 25.
Under Head Coach Bryan Wallace, the Knights have amassed a 90-22 record since 2012. The Knights have also made four straight playoff appearances.
The Knights will hope this squad can overcome the playoff hurdle Centennial has faced the past three seasons. The team has fallen in the quarterfinals the past three years after winning the state championship in 2013. The Knights fell to eventual state champions Roswell in 2014 and lost to Lassiter, the state runner up, last year.