High School Lacrosse

Cougars unable to keep up in loss to Grayson

by Chris Goltermann

alt

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Newnan goalie Jordan Surrett (31, bottom right) lunches while trying to get a stick on a loose ball after getting wrapped up with a Grayson player and defensive teammate Junior Smith on Wednesday. Surrett made 16 saves for the Cougars in a loss to the Rams.


On a night where the temperatures sunk back to winter-like conditions at Drake Stadium, Newnan’s chances in its long awaited home opener equally went south just as quickly in a 13-3 loss against an undefeated Grayson boys lacrosse lineup on Wednesday.

The Cougars, who have already been hit hard by injury and illness, were met with two near unstoppable objects — a fierce wind and a Rams team that only seemed to get stronger as a non-region game progressed.

Absences left Newnan (0-6) with only seven substitutes including backup goalie Ronald Grooms. Grayson consistently used three lines of midfielders to the Cougars two throughout the game. As the game progressed, the Rams found themselves on constant odd-man rushes resulting in goals.

Down 2-0 early in the first quarter, Newnan quickly answered Grayson’s second goal less than a minute later when Chris Mapel took a pass from teammate Austin Ohliger behind the net and fired it past goalie Chris Briner, cutting its deficit in half.

The Rams, though, added two more goals in the final 5:23 of the opening period on tallies by Matt McHugh and Cameron Schuster while keeping pressure on Newnan goalie Jordan Surrett.

He was at the mercy of McHugh in front of the net off a loose ball in front of the crease while Schuster’s shot came off a feed from behind the goal.

The Cougar junior made five of his 17 saves in the first quarter to keep the game close while robbing Grayson middie Christian Brewer and attack Sharp Reynerison on consecutive stops.

From there, however, the Rams began to add some distance with three goals in the second — including a pair on a non-release penalty on Surrett — before putting the game away with a five-goal third period.

The Cougars have faced six opponents with a combined record of 19-11 so far this season heading into Friday’s trip to North Cobb (3-3).

Grooms made a pair of stops after coming on when Surrett was called on an illegal body check before Grayson connected twice with the man-up situation on goals by Reynerison and McHugh.

Newnan’s offensive drought carried into the final five minutes of the game before long-stick midfielder Mike McMahon found Ohliger at the side of the net.

The Cougars closed the game on Travis Greene’s bounce shot past Grayson backup goalie Lane Seale.

Surrett, Grooms and starting defender Ryan Kozlowski — who took a turn in goal in the fourth quarter — combined to make 20 saves, two by both Grooms and Kozlowski.

East Coweta’s boys, coming off Monday’s disappointing home loss to Area 1-AAAAAA rival Harrison (7-0), host Archer tonight. Northgate’s boys resume play after a six-day layoff on Friday at home in a 1-AAAAA/A game against Grady (1-3).









More Sports

Northgate leads All-Region cheerleading squad

Northgate’s competitive cheerleading squad led this year’s All-Region 4-AAAAA team with eight selections. Earning honors for the ... Read More


High School Wrestling

No clear favorite in county championships

Predicting the outcome of tonight's Coweta County Wrestling Championships isn't an exact science. Between defending champion East Coweta, a ... Read More


Northgate, ECHS finish among top 5

Northgate and East Coweta swim teams each finished among the top-five at last weekend's Toys for Tots Invitational in Troup County among a f ... Read More


American Open Weightlifting

Newnan's Sydney Goad sets national records

With an already lengthy list of national records, Sydney Goad may have raised the bar higher than even she imagined on Friday at this year&r ... Read More


High School Basketball

Lady Indians stay on target, pick up second straight win

East Coweta's girls basketball team posed two arguments to Region 3-AAAAA opponents during Friday's 48-31 win over South Cobb at John Throwe ... Read More

College Football

UWG faces CSU-Pueblo in first trip to Division II semifinals

The last time West Georgia's football program played in a game as significant as tonight's national Division II semifinal, a personal comput ... Read More