This past week, Lake Norman Men's Varsity Lacrosse took a spring break trip to Long Island, New York. The Wildcats came rolling into New York with confidence, riding on a 7 game win streak, but also with a point to prove.
Lake Norman have proven themselves this year to be one of the best teams in the state of North Carolina. After a rough start to the season, losing 4 of their first 7 games, the Wildcats turned things around. They finished regular season conference play undefeated (4-0) and defeated rivals, Mooresville, 18-4.
Coach Brugger and his team came to Long Island on a roll and were determined to keep their season on an exponential upward trend.
Despite coming to Long Island having lost against both out of state opponents faced this season (Kiski [PA], Montgomery Bell [TN]), Lake Norman proved themselves to be the elite team seen in the second half of the season. They won all three games played in New York by an aggregate score of 39-19, and won each game by a larger margin than the last.
Lake Norman 10 - 9 South Side (Rockville Centre, NY)
Lake Norman squeaked past opponents South Side in Rockville Center, NY through potent attacking play from their three attackmen who provided six goals. Freshman, Tucker Goodelle, scored a hat trick from 4 shots on goal. Goalkeeper, Ricky Bockavich, made 13 saves from 22 shots on goal to help the Wildcats start their spring break tour with a win.
Lake Norman 14 - 7 Carey
The Wildcats took home their second win after an excellent second half display against Carey. Down 4-2 at halftime, Lake Norman needed to turn things around both offensively and defensively, which is exactly what they did. In the second half, Lake Norman outscored Cary 12-3; scoring 8 goals and conceding only 1 in the third quarter. The midfield provided most of the goals with Senior, Ryan Caplis scoring 6 goals from 9 shots on goal, and Junior, Matthew Elder scoring a hat trick from 7 shots on goal. Junior attacker, Mitchell Cody provided 7 assists. Additionally, Lake Norman was solid at the back with James Brugger, Christian Nell, Sean Riley and Brandon Garcia all putting in a strong shift on defense, and Ricky Bockavich making 12 saves from 19 shots on goal.
Lake Norman 15 - 3 Sewanhaka
Lake Norman ended their spring break tour with a blowout performance against Sewanhaka. The Wildcats had 10 different goalscorers, with attackers Ryan Werner and Mitchell Cody scoring three and four goals respectively. Juniors Brandon Garcia (8/13) and Ben Belding (6/9) dominated in faceoffs, winning 63.6% of faceoffs in the game.
Lake Norman went 3-0 during their time in Long Island. Lake Norman's next game will be Tuesday, April 25th at 5:00 pm as the conference tournament continues their road to the NCHSAA playoffs. The Wildcats will play again on Friday, April 28 at 7:00 pm with a win on Tuesday.