Rigger makes All-State team


Ben Rigger held Dunwoody to 2 goals. The laxdawgs beat Dunwoody handily by 16.

Junior Ben Rigger has bravely stood in the cage for seven years. He led the Laxdawgs to the semifinals of the state championship. He allows an average of 5.2 goals per game, half of what the Laxdawgs score per game – 10.21 goals per game according to Lax Power. Rigger has 5 games in which he let in 2 or fewer goals, one of those games was a 3-2 win over rival St. Pius.

“[Beating Pius] felt good because we did it for everybody, for Wytch, Connor, my dad, Pete Cortese and all those guys before us,” Rigger said.

Rigger’s goaltending and leadership was recognized by the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) who awarded him with honorable mention for the All-State Lacrosse team.

The rigger family is accustomed to receiving such awards. Rigger’s older brother, Wytch Rigger, received second team All-State in 2009 for defense.

Decatur Lacrosse over the years has consistently had players receiving All-State recognition. In 2008, Chris Clark was a first team All-State for long stick midfield and goalie Micah Moore received All-League recognition. In 2007, Liam Ainslie was honorable mention All-State for midfield.

Ben Rigger still has his senior year ahead of him. He led the team to semifinals his junior year, what will he have in store for his senior year?