High School Lacrosse
Vikings jump out early against Wheeler, finish strong in 14-6 victory at home
by Chris Goltermann
Storming out of the opening faceoff with six unanswered goals in the first quarter, Northgate’s boys lacrosse team built a sizeable lead before dominating defensively over the final 20 minutes of play in a 14-6 victory over visiting Wheeler on Thursday at Henry Seldon Field.
The Wildcats, however, didn’t let up either after trailing 6-0 following Chandler Warren’s second man-up goal of the game with 1:09 left in the opening period.
Warren , Mitchell Hutton and Christian Lowery combined for 10 of Northgate’s 14 goals led by Hutton’s five-goal effort for the Vikings second straight victory while coming off Monday’s 10-7 tough win over Buford.
For a while, Thursday’s game felt as much of a struggle for Northgate.
Wheeler had three of the last four tallies between teams prior to halftime, the last of which coming off a Northgate turnover deep in Viking territory to pull within an 8-4 deficit.
It could have been worse had the home lineup killed off a two-man disadvantage with 3:26 left before the break, with Nick Abbadangelo, defenders Alex Rose, Dylan Roach and Walker Peace, as well as long-stick midfielder Joe Henry helping maintain control.
The Wildcats came within three goals with 7:12 left in the third quarter. But the Vikings rattled off three of their own in less than two minutes to pull away.
Clayton Francisco’s shot following a loose-ball push by Wheeler began the three-goal surge. Just 50 seconds later, Henry made a run down the near sidelines and fed Warren, who fired a hard shot past Wildcats goalie Ryan Kolakowski.
Less than a minute after Warren’s final tally, Hutton polished off his five-goal effort from the right of the Wheeler goal after firing from a tough angle.
From there, Abbadangelo and the defense led a shutdown effort that yielded only two more Wheeler goals over the final two quarters.
Abbadangelo made 10 saves through three-plus quarters before teammate Christian McClendon gave the Viking goalie a well-deserved rest. By then, the team had reclaimed a six-goal advantage in the third quarter. The goalies finished the game with a shutout effort in the final period, with McClendon adding four saves in the fourth quarter.
Vikings 14, Wildcats 6
Wheeler 1 3 2 0 — 6
Northgate 6 2 4 2 — 14
Goals: Northgate — Mitchell Hutton 5, Chandler Warren 3, Christian Lowery 2, Clayton Francisco, Garrett Klone, Christian Campbell, Jeff Sargent; Wheeler — Tanner Bradford, Steven Agnew, Steven Hough, Chase Bissell, Alex Rogers, Anthony Esteves.
Saves: Northgate — Nick Abbadangelo 10; Christian McClendon 4; Wheeler — Ryan Kolakowski 12.