High School Lacrosse
Indians repeat Coweta Cup title
by Doug Gorman
Newnan and East Coweta don’t have a long history of playing lacrosse, but like in any other sport, the intensity is raised up a couple of notches whenever the programs step on the field.
And each had a reason to celebrate on Friday at Drake Stadium.
The Area 1-AAAAAA rivals split a doubleheader in with the Lady Cougars dominating the girls game 13-4, and the Indians equally cruising through the boys contest 20-4 to repeated as Coweta Cup champions.
“That is always the goal,” said East Coweta head coach Nick Crider. “I am so proud of the way we played tonight.”
The Indians spotted Newnan the first goal of the game when Spencer Smith scored less than two minutes into the contest, before the Indians opened the offense floodgates, pushing the lead to 8-3 at the end of the first quarter and 14-3 at halftime.
Seniors Bryce Durden and Connor McMeen each led East Coweta’s scoring with five goals apiece. Fellow senior Lee Steed also had a hat trick in the victory.
In the girls game, Newnan jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the end of the first half sparked by the play of Sable Hawkins and captain Savannah Ohliger.
Hawkins scored two early goals for the Lady Cougars, the latter of which giving the Lady Cougars a lead for good.
The round-robin tournament concludes next week. Northgate’s girls travel to East Coweta on Thursday before both Northgate lineups travel to Newnan on Friday.
Hawkins’ first goal came less than two minutes into the contest to put Newnan on the scoreboard first.
Sarah Reeves answered on the Lady Indians’ next trip down the field, but Newnan answered with goals by Hawkins and two by Ohliger as the Lady Cougars pushed ahead 4-1.
Reeves had a good night for the Indians, scoring all of four of East Coweta’s goals. Teammate Daylee Wood made seven saves in goal, but it wasn’t enough to withstand a constant push by Newnan.
“It is always good to beat your rival,” Newnan head coach Robert Skinner said. “We struck early and that helped us.”
Hawkins and Ohliger each had finished the first half with hat tricks with Hawkins’ third tally giving the Lady Cougars a 5-1 lead.
Courtney Darrow also got into the first half scoring act of the Cougars with two of her four goals late in the first half.
Newnan built 7-1 lead before Reeves finally broke East Coweta’s scoring drought while cutting the Lady Indians’ deficit to five.
Wood made back-to-back saves for the Lady Indians right before the break, but one more goal from Ohliger and Darrow sent Newnan to the second half with a the 9-2 lead.
It took Newnan nearly nine minutes to continue its scoring in the second half, but goals back-to-back goals by Darrow pushed the lead to 11-2.
Reeves rounded out her day with the next two scores before Newnan’s Scarlett Web found the back of the net twice in the final two minutes.
Hope Overton made seven saves for the Lady Cougars.
In the boys game, Durden was the catalyst early for the Indians on attack, scoring four first period goals and adding an assist on the opening score of the game when he passed the ball to Adam Cahir, who shot the ball into the back of the net.
Sterling Tyson, Brendan Holohan and McMeen also added first period scores.
Newnan stayed in the contest with goals by Austin Ohliger to cut the margin to 8-3.
East Coweta killed off three slashing penalties in the first half to keep the Cougars from cutting into the margin.
A fifth goal from Durden and one from Lee Steed gave East Coweta a 10-3 lead. McMeen scored three times in less than four minutes right before the break to give East Coweta 13-3 lead.
Sneed added one more goal right before the break for a 14-3 halftime margin.
With a running clock in the second half, East Coweta got back to back goals from McMeen, and a final tally from Steed and Durden.
Newnan’s only second half goal came from J.T. Leake.
East Coweta’s Frasier Hutchinson added the last goal of the game for East Coweta.
“Our guys have been working really hard and it good to see them come out and get the win. It always intense when we play Newnan,” Crider said.
Lady Cougars 13, Lady Indians 4
East Coweta 2 2 —4
Newnan 9 4 — 13
Goals — East Coweta: Sarah Reeves; Newnan: Courteney Darrow 4, Sable Hawkins 4, Savannah Ohliger 3, Scarlett Web 3.
Saves — East Coweta: Daylee Wood 7; Hope Overton 7
Indians 20, Cougars 4
East Coweta 8 6 4 2 — 20
Newnan 3 0 0 1 — 4
Goals —East Coweta: Connor McMeen 5, Bryce Durden 5, Lee Steed 3, Adam Cahir 3, Sterling Tyson, Brendan Holohan, Frasier Hutchinson; Newnan: Spencer Smith, Austin Ohliger, Mike McMahon, J.T. Leake.
Goalies —East Coweta: Brian DeBole; Newnan —Jordan Surrett.