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Prosper lacrosse captures first-ever state title

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Not long after winning a state championship on the hardwood for the Frisco Legacy Christian boys basketball team on March 1, senior Zane Williams was already on a plane headed to Prosper.

Legacy Christian’s state title game tipped off at 9 a.m., and Williams had to be back that night for another key game in a completely different sport.

The Prosper lacrosse team had its sixth game of the season that night and was squaring off with TMI Episcopal, a solid program based out of San Antonio, and the Eagles needed their star attacker out on the field.

Williams double-dipped in both basketball and lacrosse this season and joined extremely rare company by becoming a state champion in both sports in the same year after the Eagles took down Smithson Valley on May 11 for the Division II state championship.

In the final, the standout senior scored two goals and tacked on an assist, as Prosper pounded the Rangers, 11-5.

“The kid just knows how to flat out play,” said Corey Caputo, Prosper head coach. “He was doubling up duties every single day coming straight from basketball practice right to the field, sometimes skipped dinner or food just to be able to make it with the team.”

That kind of will and determination certainly helped Prosper capture its first-ever state title, but the magical run in 2019 was a collective effort that featured four all-state selections on a squad that had been so close a year ago.

Senior FOGO (faceoff get-off) Jack Delano was named state championship MVP following a two-goal performance, senior attacker Cole Schmitt earned offensive MVP and senior Luke Teigen brought home defensive MVP honors.

The Eagles nearly won it all a year ago before falling to juggernaut Highland Park in the state final, and that bad taste lingered in the Eagles’ mouths all offseason long.

Prosper returned a majority of last season’s team but did have a fresh face in Caputo, who took over the reins of the promising program back in October and knew the pressures of taking over a team that was expected to make another deep run with such a talented roster.

“A big part of this year was about finishing the job and getting it done, but the pressure was definitely there,” he said. “When I called other coaches to plan our schedule, every single one of them said that we returned so many players and that we were going to be so good. As a coach, hearing that is great, but you also know the boys are hearing the same thing. You don’t want them to rest on their laurels, and I had to make sure that they stayed humble the entire year.”

That fire burned all year long, as the Eagles soared through the regular season with a league-best 15-2 record with rare non-district losses to a pair of Division I powers in Westlake and Rockwall.

Those back-to-back defeats proved to be it for Prosper, as a 12-game winning streak followed, which included the Eagles outscoring their opponents, 54-16, in the playoffs en route to winning it all.

“It was probably the happiest moment of my coaching career,” Caputo said. “My coach in high school always preached about ending the year in a pile because that means you accomplished every goal you ever wanted. Once I looked up and saw my guys in a pile, it was just pure joy and happiness.”

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