Apex and Cardinal Gibbons earned a rematch with victories in the second round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys lacrosse championships on Tuesday night.
Apex (17-2) defeated Middle Creek 14-6, while Gibbons (18-1) beat Chapel Hill 15-7. Gibbons swept two regular-season games from the Cougars 15-7 and 8-7.
Apex coach John Hayden said his club played well against Middle Creek.
“We made a few more stops, but it’s never easy against them,” Hayden said. “(Offensively) we didn’t do anything different today, we just finished better.”
Apex senior Derek Sweet, who scored three goals and had three assists, said the Cougars wanted to establish control.
“We knew what we had to do, come out and possess the ball and get up early,” Sweet said.
Apex led 8-3 at the half.
Brandan Farrell had four goals and Colby Lalicker handed out three assists.
Broughton 7, Holly Springs 6 (OT): Broughton advanced with an overtime victory over Holly Springs when Troy Jones picked up a loose ball and scored in the sudden death overtime.
The Hawks led by two goals late in the game and had the lead with 11 seconds left in regulation before giving up the tying goal to Zach Burgess.
The Caps forced a turnover on a double team with 26 seconds left to set up Burgess’ goal
Green Hope 18, Athens Drive 8: Katherine Smith scored seven goals to lead Green Hope (16-1) to a second-round victory over Athens Drive (12-5). Maggie Auslander added five goals and four assists, while Lilly Stanley scored four goals.
Green Hope led 10-5 at the half and pulled away.
The Falcons will play Wilmington Hoggard, a 19-5 winner over Wilmington Laney in the third round.
Ravenscroft 14, St. Mary’s 5: Ravenscroft topped Saint Mary’s 14-5 in a Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Association match.