Sparked by a ten-goal performance and the game-winner in double overtime from senior Jacob Moore, West Stokes lacrosse team overcame an 8-5 deficit to edge out Glenn Tuesday night at home.
“We let a lead slip away at their place earlier in the season and that taste was still in our mouths. We played good enough to win in the first game and we didn’t,” said Wildcats coach Colon Moore.
Jaden Knowles led West with six goals and one assist, Moore netted three and added two assists, Patrick Thigpen added a goal and Patrick Ellis finished with three assists.
“I was pleased with our effort, we had a 5-3 lead in the third quarter but then had some defensive breakdowns. That was a good time for our guys to put their heads down and give up but they didn’t and instead fought back to tie the game,” Moore said.
In the first overtime West was hit with a slashing penalty, but didn’t give up the goal. In the second overtime, they took the face off, moved the ball around on offense and as a result of an impressive screen by Michael Rutherford, Moore was able to get off the game winning shot and goal.
“We’re very well matched against Glenn. In the last two years, every game has been decided by two points or less,” the coach said. “Glenn is a well-coached team and I respect Coach Santiago as much as anyone we play. That leadership trickles down to his players.”
Against the Tigers, Jackson Sapp picked up seven loose ground balls and Alex Finney along with Matthew Allen picked up three.
“We’re getting more confident in our lacrosse ability and getting more aggressive on defense. Austin Taylor, Quentin Teta, and Seth Moore did a good job,” Moore added.
West has six seniors on the team this season with three of them being part of the program since it began four years ago.
“Jacob (Moore) and Jaden (Knowles) have been leaders both off and on the field. They want this team to be good, but just as equally they want to build this team to continue to get better.”
With two wins and moving deeper into conference play Moore is seeing improvement.
“We have better stick skills than we have ever had. These guys not only want to play lacrosse, they want to win at lacrosse and are willing to put in the extra effort to do that,” he said. “We have a long way to
go to get to the level of some of the teams in our conference, but by getting kids interested in lacrosse at a younger age we’re shortening the road.”
West Stokes lacrosse went on to defeat Atkins 12-1 on Monday night.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.