Prep Boys Lacrosse

Northgate bounces back on Senior Night

by Staff Reports


Jeffrey Leo

Northgate’s David Liberacki tries to elude the pursuit of Newnan’s Jackson Overton.

Even Mother Nature couldn’t stop Northgate’s boys lacrosse team from getting a chance to wash some of the bitter taste from a previous night’s loss out of their mouths.

The Vikings rinsed by making the most of a 9-3 victory over Newnan during the final game of this week’s Coweta Cup tournament.

The boys trophy was handed out on Thursday to East Coweta following a wild 21-16 game where Northgate jumped out to a 3-1 lead early.

A day later, the Vikings weren’t about to give up a similar advantage on Senior Night at Henry Seldon Field.

Senior Cole Carter scored twice and David Liberacki added a pair as Northgate built a 5-1 halftime lead against the Cougars.

Junior Jake Smerka, coming of a seven-goal outing in Thursday’s loss to East Coweta, led the way for Northgate while scoring three goals and adding an assist.

A Newnan lineup playing without top scorers Austin Ohliger and Drew Winslett, managed to pull within ta 5-2 deficit in the third. Jackson Overton and Zach Keene had early tallies for the Cougars while Spencer Smith added a goal early in the final period off an assist from Overton.

Long-pole Gage Wozniak, in his final regular season home game of his varsity career, scored for the second consecutive night in the win.

Northgate pushed its lead to 7-2 by the final minute of the third before scoring twice in the final seven minutes of the game.

Senior Devin Johns recorded the victory in goal for the Vikings.

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