High School Lacrosse
EC splits area openers against Campbell
by Chris Goltermann
East Coweta boys waltzed their way through a dominating Area 1-AAAAAA lacrosse opener on Tuesday in an 18-5 victory over visiting Campbell at Garland Shoemake Stadium.
The Lady Indians, however, came up a goal and a couple of ground-ball scoops shy of adding a win of their own in a heartbreaking 11-10 loss to close a doubleheader split.
The Indians began area play with 11 unanswered goals against the Spartans, dominating possession on Campbell’s side of the field and staying aggressive while taking advantage of their opponents mistakes.
Seniors Bryce Durden and Connor McMeen each scored a game-high five goals in the win including a pair each in the first period while taking an early 6-0 lead. Carter Byrum chimed in with a team-high seven points on four goals and three assists.
East Coweta’s girls, though, battled through the final minute in a game that changed leads nearly as often as possession of the ball, as the Lady Indians were unable to hold a slim 5-4 advantage at halftime. The hosts jumped out to a 2-0 advantage early on goals by Sarah Reeves and Janie Neary before Campbell got on the scoreboard with 17:36 left in the first half.
The Lady Spartans rallied back with four of the first six goals of the final period and only trailed once more from there on.
Zhu Yehong’s goal off a free-position play gave East Coweta its final lead with 6:07 remaining and teams traded the next four scores in a see-saw battle. After consecutive tallies by Campbell pushed the Lady Spartans in front, Sarah Reeves scored off a similar free play with 1:50 left to tie the score at 10-10.
From there, the Lady Spartans captured the ensuing faceoff and ran off nearly a full minute off the clock before a goal off a wraparound from the post to goalie Daylee Wood’s right put Campbell back in front with 54 ticks to play.
Reeves, a junior who led East Coweta with a six-goal effort, cradled the ball one time deep into Lady Spartans territory before being called on a charge at the left of the goal. A final loose ball inside Campbell’s end was scooped up by a blue jersey, allowing the visitors to run out the clock.
Neary finished with two goals for the Lady Indians, who are under the guidance of first year coach Kelly Cahir and lay coaches Todd Stanier and Charles Reeves.
Julie Ghyzel, Abby Zelczak and senior Kadryn Earl also scored for East Coweta while Wood made at least a dozen stops in goal.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Indians had much less problems putting Campbell’s boys away, quickly jumping ahead 3-0 over a two-minute span early in the first period.
Lee Steed fed Carter Byrum and McMeen for goals while adding one of his own in between on a near end-to-end run with the ball.
Durden polished off a five-goal first half with shots after emerging from behind the cage as the Indians padded their advantage with five more goals in the second period.
Steed added two more goals in the second half to join four Indians that recorded a hat trick. Adam Cahir and Mason Jenkyn also scored in the victory.
Brian DeBole made five saves over three quarters in goal before giving way to teammate Marc St. Germain.
Northgate boys 10, Buford 7: The Vikings put together five goals in a frenzied final period to break a tie before holding on behind Nick Abbadangelo’s 17 saves.
Viking Michael Hutton scored five times, helping jump the team to an early 3-1 first-quarter lead and then adding three unassisted goals in the final period to help snap a 5-5 tie against a much-improved Wolves program.
Christian Lowery also scored twice in the fourth quarter as Northgate rebounded from a four-goal outburst by Buford that tied the game after three quarters. Jeff Sargent also came through with a pair of goals in the final period.
The Vikings had pushed a three-goal lead at halftime when Lowery scored with six seconds left in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Abbadangelo held Buford to just one goal before the Wolves offense began to click with a four-goal outburst in the third, eventually tying the game at 5-5.
Zach Schrepfer, Lowery, Walker Peace and Joe Henry led Northgate in ground-ball scoops.
Northgate 3 1 1 5 — 10
Buford 1 0 4 2 — 7
NEWNAN (girls) 18, HOLY INNOCENTS 5: The Lady Cougars dropped their home opener despite picking up two goals from Savannah Ohliger. Sable Hawkins, Dakota Overton and Courtney Darrow also scored for Newnan, which picked up 14 saves from goalie Hope Overton. Megan Diebboll led the Lady Cougars with five groundballs.
In Saturday’s action:
NEWNAN BOYS DROPS PAIR AT EVANS: Making a three-hour ride to Evans, the Cougars battled through a pair of tournament losses, falling 10-5 to Lakeside-Evans and 14-3 to Greenbrier.
The Cougars opened strong with consecutive goals by Chris Mapel and Spencer smith that pushed an early 2-1 lead.
But Lakeside managed to tie the game before the end of the first quarter before jumping on Newnan for six unanswered goals in the second quarter, the first four of which over a 42 second span of the period.
Smith and Austin Ohliger each finished with two goals in the loss. Ohliger and Mapel also had assists while J.T. Leake added two assists of his own while finishing with a game-high eight ground balls.
Against Greenbrier, Newnan found itself struggling to keep up while playing six midfielders. Jordan Surrett made 13 saves in goal for the Cougars, who trailed 3-2 at halftime before a rough second half.
Newnan picked up goals from Ohliger, Leake and Caleb McHugh in the loss.
Leake again finished with a team-high eight ground balls.