High School Lacrosse

Vikings jump out early against Wheeler, finish strong in 14-6 victory at home

by Chris Goltermann


Northgate’s Jason Pealor (2) stops short after overrunning the ball after it fell out of his stick during Thursday’s game. The midfielder scooped up two ground balls in a victory. 

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.

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