High School Lacrosse

Coe helps lead Lady Vikings to win


Northgate’s Abby Coe scores one of her five goals in Wednesday’s victory over Columbus. 

Abby Coe scored five times, including consecutive tallies on either side of halftime, to help lead Northgate’s girls lacrosse team to a 11-8 victory over late-charging Columbus on Wednesday at Henry Seldon Field.

The Lady Vikings tried to the game out of reach late with Coe scoring her final three goals unanswered to close the Area 1-AAAAA/A contest. After being silenced offensively for nearly six-minutes, the sophomore pushed an 11-7 lead with 7:41 to play before the Lady Blue Devils (0-2) again pulled within three in the final two minutes.

Northgate clinched the win with Columbus threatening again when the visitors were called for offsides deep in the Lady Vikings zone.

Senior Ashley Passantino also scored twice, once in each half, for Northgate, which improved its record to 3-2 heading into a trip to Starr’s Mill next Friday.

Sophomores Amber Beatty and Abby Weatherford also scored for the Lady Vikings along with junior Maria Smith.

Brenda Robertson finished with two ground-ball scoops in the victory while Passantino, Beatty and Smith each had one.

NEWNAN BOYS DROP CLOSE GAME AT ARCHER: Austin Ohliger scored three times and teammate Zach Keene chimed in with a pair of goals, but a slim lead through three quarters at Archer didn’t hold for the Cougars in a tough 7-5 loss to the Tigers late Tuesday.

Newnan jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one quarter with Ohliger denting the net both times on assists from teammates Spencer Smith and Chris Mapel.

But Archer responded quickly with a pair of goals over the first five minutes of the second quarter before Keene regained the lead for Newnan at 3-2 off a pass from Ohliger.

The Tigers, though, put together a goal in the closing minute to send teams to halftime tied.

On a night where he led the team with seven ground-ball scoops, J.T. Leake gave the Cougars a final lead just 10 seconds into the third quarter when he scored off an assist from George Coria for the only goal of the period.

Archer then opened the final period with four unanswered goals to take a lead for good despite 13 saves from goalie Jordan Surrett.

Newnan (0-4) returns to action on Friday with its fifth consecutive road game in a return to Gwinnett to face Collins Hill.

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