Northwest Guilford tops East Chapel Hill in boys' lacrosse

Goldsmith scores seven goals in victory against East Chapel Hill

Staff WriterMay 15, 2011 

— Fathers Day came early for Northwest Guilford boys lacrosse coach Mark Goldsmith.

Northwest senior Jay Goldsmith, son of the Vikings' coach, scored a record-tying seven goals and added two assists Saturday to hand his father the N.C. High School Athletic Association championship with a 13-9 win over East Chapel Hill.

Cole Abourjilie added four goals for the Vikings (20-2).

Mark Goldsmith led Southeast Guilford to the 2000 NCHSLA championship before moving to Northwest Guilford in 2009, but the Vikings had never played in a state championship lacrosse final before this weekend.

"When we won at Southeast, my son was a 7-year-old who jumped into my arms as soon as the game was over," Goldsmith said. "Today, he was my MVP."

The coach fought to maintain his composure after the game but still choked up as he described the galvanizing effect of sophomore defenseman Chase Bunting's death in a skateboarding accident in October.

"That brought us together with one goal in mind," the coach said. "We dedicated the season to Chris.

"The kids worked so hard for everything we got. I'm just glad we're able to bring home the hardware."

Jay Goldsmith recorded a hat trick in the game's first 4:28 and had five goals in the first quarter to lead Northwest Guilford to a 7-0 lead at the first break.

East Chapel Hill (18-3) never got closer after that than the final score.

"We just didn't execute our offensive set, and that put our defense at a disadvantage," East Chapel Hill coach Franklin Zirkle said. "It's very, very difficult to come back from a hole like that."

Viking goalkeeper Travis Price had 16 saves, 10 in the second half as the Wildcats outshot Northwest 23-11 in the last two quarters.

East Chapel Hill matched the Vikings' three goals in the second quarter and two in the third.

Chandler Zirkle, son of the East coach, assisted on two goals by Leo Moran and one by Ryan Lucey.

Ryan Dotson scored with 25 seconds left in the third quarter to cut the margin to 12-5.

East's Steven Augustine scored three of his five total goals in the fourth quarter to make it 12-8, but it was too little too late to save the Wildcats' 12-game win streak.

Northwest Guilford carried a nine-win streak into Saturday's final.

Goldsmith did all his scoring in the first three quarters, matching what had been a NCHSLA record of seven goals by Durham Riverside's Chris Feifs in 2002 and eclipsing the NCHSAA record of five by Myers Park's Craig Passanant in the association's inaugural lacrosse championship last year.

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