Even-numbered years have been kind to the Highland Park varsity lacrosse team, which has won Texas High School Lacrosse League state titles in 2004, 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Obviously the Scots would like that trend to continue this spring, with HP set to open the 2014 regular season with a game Friday at Allen.
The home opener for the Scots is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday against Houston St. John’s, and the schedule also features the usual matchups against local rivals ESD, St. Mark’s, and Jesuit prior to the postseason play in late April. The state tournament is slated for May 3-4 in Friendswood.
One highlight on the schedule is the King of Spring tournament on March 8-10 in Durham, N.C. The Scots will face McCallie (Tenn.), Calvert Hall (Md.), and East Chapel Hill (N.C.) in the three-day event.
The team captains will be seniors Remy Kell, Robert Mencke, and Grayson Miller. Mencke is a returning All-American midfielder who has committed to Harvard, while Kell was an all-district selection on defense. Other top returnees for HP include Christopher Marlow, Case Carpenter, and William Stowe.
The Scots are ranked No. 48 in the Boys Preseason Fab 50 by Studentsportslacrosse.com and are No. 6 in the website’s Southeast Region rankings.
Last season, HP finished 14-3 and fell to eventual champion St. Mark’s in the state semifinals.