The lacrosse program at West Stokes is in its fourth year of varsity competition and they’ve started the season as the team to beat with a 3-0 start.
“We are relatively young this year,” commented Wildcats coach Colon Moore. “We have more experience coming into the season than in years past. We start two seniors, four juniors, and five sophomores and I’m excited to see what the season brings. “
The Wildcats started the season on Feb. 27 against 4A North Davidson and had a strong second half and won 14-6. Both teams were tied at four goals each at halftime, but the Cats used a strong third quarter and pulled away with six goals, and then added four more in the fourth for the win.
“We have not led at halftime in any game this year,” stated Moore. “But yet we have managed to outscore our opponents in the second half for the wins.”
Sophomore Alex Puckett led the Wildcats with four goals in the game, while junior Parker Pratt added three goals and two assists. Patrick Thigpen contributed six saves on 11 shots on goals. Sophomore Noah Muniz won 18-of-20 face offs he encounter in the game.
“Noah has been a beast at face offs this year,” exclaimed Moore. “He has won almost 80 percent of them on the year.”
On March 3, the Wildcats encounter another 4A team in the West Forsyth Titans. The Wildcats broke another 4-4 tie at the half and won a close match 7-6.
The Cats scored two goals in the third quarter, while holding the Titans scoreless, and then held them off in the last period for the win.
Junior goal keeper Addison Stump scored his first victory with 11 saves on 17 shots on goal in the full 48 minutes of action. Ellis and Marcus Dowdy led the team with two goals and one assist each. Muniz was eight-of-16 on face offs.
The Wildcats made their third road trip of the season against another 4A team on Monday, March 6 and faced the Glenn Bobcats. Again, the Wildcats fought off a tie at the half (3-3) and used another strong third period and scored five goals to pull away from the Bobcats and win 11-4.
“I think what is the most impressive thing about tonight’s win is we held their leading scorer to no goals,” said Moore. “Our defense has worked really hard to apply more pressure on the scorers and work to get the ball on the ground this year.”
Ellis led the way with five goals and one assist. Puckett tallied three goals, while Reid Pettitt added two goals and one assit. Stump recorded his second win on four saves and eight shots on goal. Muniz was 17-of-19 on face offs.
The Wildcats will face North Davidson again on Friday, March 10 for their first home match of the season.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193