Scottsdale Chaparral is one of the early favorites to capture the prep lacrosse state championship this spring, so Xavier’s Gators knew they had a big challenge for their match on Thursday night (Feb. 26) at Chaparral.
Chaparral tallied four goals within the first 10 minutes of the first half, and the deficit proved to be too much for Xavier to overcome, and the Firebirds went on to an 18-9 victory in their season opener.
Xavier, which opened the season last weekend at a tournament in Avondale and had wins over Phoenix Pinnacle and Phoenix Mountain Pointe early in the week, has a 2-2-2 record.
Senior midfielder Kayla Swanson scored five goals for the Gators and senior midfielder Areta Buness added two.
Chaparral had a height and reach advantage against the Gators and passed the ball well, and kept the ball away from Xavier for a large portion of the match.
Logan Hicks scored virtually at will for Chaparral with 12 goals.
Xavier now has a week off before playing its first home match of the season on March 6 against Phoenix Horizon at Petznick Field.