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The third straight state title cements the status of the Brophy lacrosse dynasty

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Phoenix Brophy Prep’s dynasty was made official Friday night with a dominant 14-2 victory over Phoenix Pinnacle for the Arizona Lacrosse League high school championship at Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.

The match was close for almost a half with the Broncos leading 5-2 before the defense took over and their relentless attack on goal paid off.

Pinnacle goalie Aiden Ray, who has signed with Dominican College, was named Defensive Most Valuable Player with 21 saves. Brophy had 50 shots on target.

“Our defense really won us the game,” said Brophy coach Pat Haberson, who had taken Brophy to four consecutive state championships. ‘They were locked up. We have a number of Division I lacrosse players sitting low.

“We won our matchups and were able to get the ball in our offense. You have to give Pinnacle credit. Their defense was stout. Their goal had over twenty saves, which kept them in the game, otherwise the score could have change.” have become much more skewed.”

Erik Volfson scored five goals and assisted on another, with Joshua Buse adding five goals and Laird Miller two, as Brophy finished with a 22-2 record. The only losses were to out-of-state teams.

Volfson, a senior, was named the game’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. He finished the season with 63 goals and 38 assists.

Brophy was led by a special senior class, many of whom Haberson coached at the youth level when they were in sixth grade.

Five of them have signed with Division I lacrosse programs, including Volfson (Lafayette College). Charlie McGinnis, a defenseman, has signed with Hofstra; Noah Burdick with Hofstra; Deion James with Hampton; and Miller at Rollins College.

Neither of Pinnacle’s top two players, Nik Miller and Cam Conti, scored.

Brophy’s defense was led by McGinnis, Taub Baldyga, Connor Rassas and Burdick, who combined for 13 turnovers and 17 groundballs.

“The biggest benefit was the pride and school spirit,” Haberson said. “We had a couple hundred students in the stands. The guys celebrated with them afterward. Our AD, Josh Garcia, was at the game. Our principal, Jim Bopp, was at the game.

“The support we get through the school, I think, is unparalleled anywhere else in Arizona. Even on the West Coast, I don’t see a lacrosse program that is as supported as our administration. I’m an off-campus coach. But when I go to campus go, the student body says, “Hi, coach.” To some extent they know who I am and the lacrosse boys have high expectations to succeed on and off the field.”

This dynasty will not slow down. There was a lot of talent in the underclassmen and a strong incoming freshman class could be a wave of talent similar to this year’s seniors.

“To win three state championships, everyone is coming for us now,” Haberson said. “Everyone wants a piece of us.”

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