Prep Lacrosse: Boys teams earn victories

From Staff Reports
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Coweta’s three varsity boys lacrosse teams all picked up victories including a pair on Tuesday.
The East Coweta Indians opened their season with a resounding 15-2 victory over Whitewater on Saturday at Garland Shoemake Stadium.
That was followed Tuesday by wins from both Newnan and Northgate’s boys.
The Cougars opened their Area 1-AAAAAA schedule with an 8-3 win at McEachern behind three goals from Drew Winslett.
Spencer Smith, Jackson Overton, Austin Ohligher and J.T. Leake also scored in Newnan’s first win of the season following losses to Archer and Greater Atlanta Christian.
Northgate’s boys dominated Wheeler 15-5 for the Vikings’ second straight win while improving to 2-1 overall.
The Vikings jumped out to a 5-0 first-quarter lead and outscored the Wildcats 7-1 after halftime behind three goals from seniors Casey McClendon and Jake Smerka.
Northgate opened the game with four goals over a span of 64 seconds starting with a tally by sophomore Jeff Sargent. Smerka scored his first unassisted just 12 seconds later and Liberachi posted both of his — both on assists from Smerka — a mere 11 seconds apart just under a minute after taking the 2-0 advantage.

Smerka finished with four assists and a team-high 14 groundballs.

Vikings juniors Mitchell Hutton and Cole Johnson each added two goals. Cole Carter and Gage Wozniak also scored in the victory.

Dominating its season opener, East Coweta’s boys received at least two goals apiece from six players and Brian DeBole made eight saves in goal while taking a 8-0 lead into halftime on Saturday against Whitewater.

Bryce Durden and Lee Stead each finished with five-point efforts while among three East Coweta players to tally three goals. Carter Byrum also had a hat trick.

Conner McMeen finished with two goals and two assists while Caleb Staley had two goals and an assist including the opening tally of the game.

Sterling Tyson also scored twice for the Indians.

The Lady Indians lost their game against Whitewater while falling to 0-3 on the early season.

Whitewater swept JV games but had a difficult time getting past East Coweta’s boys in a 5-4 victory over the Indians.

East Coweta JV goalie Marc St. Germain made eight saves while keeping his team in a one-goal game at halftime, down 3-2.

Brendan Holohan scored twice and John Spavelko and Garth Brady each added goals in the loss.

NEWNAN GIRLS FINISH 2ND AT PERIMETER TOURNEY: Despite three goals from Sable Hawkins and 11 saves from goalie Lindsey Stewart, Newnan’s varsity girls were defeated by Grayson 8-6 in Saturday’s championship game of the Inside the Perimeter Tournament.

Stewart was among four Lady Cougars selected to the All-Tournament team while joining junior Savannah Ohliger, senior Sydney Garmany, sophomore Jacqueline Witt and junior Anne Jarrett.

Grayson’s Austin Gorski bookended the opening half with two-goal outbursts to give the Lady Rams a 4-2 lead at halftime. She scored her first two in a 74-second span for a 2-0 lead before the Lady Cougars tied it on goals from Hawkins and Ohilger.

Gorski was held scoreless from there, as Newnan eventually tied the game 5-5 on consecutive goals from Hawkins, Ohiliger and then Garmany, the latter following nearly 11 scoreless minutes of play.

The Lady Rams jumped back ahead on goals by Brook Eberhart and Kristan Briley to take a 7-5 lead with 3:52 to play. Hawkins closed the deficit back to one with 2:31 to go, only to see Grayson’s Sammie Saunders score off the ensuing faceoff.


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