Lacrosse roundup: East Chapel Hill stops Broughton

May 13, 2014 

— East Chapel Hill scored the last three goals to defeat Broughton 14-11 in the third round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys’ lacrosse tournament.

The Wildcats shut out Broughton for the final 10 minutes, 32 seconds after Broughton had tied the game at 11-all.

Drew Monroe scored his second goal of the game with 9:21 left off an assist by Ian Levin. Monroe added another with 3:15 left and Chris Cox got the final goal with 1:26 remaining.

Cox had five goals in the game, all in the second half.

The Wildcats trailed 7-3 in the first half and cut the deficit to 7-6 by halftime.

“Our boys just never quit,” East Chapel hill coach Dominic Koplar said. “We got down, but didn’t get frustrated.”

Koplar was pleased with his team’s defensive play late in the game, specifically sophomore goalie Vance Perkins.

“He should be all-state. He is a fantastic player,” Koplar said.

Jordan Steinberg, Rourke Therrien and Ellis Llewellyn also earned praise.

Broughton coach Damian Hall said East Chapel Hill did a good job controlling ball.

“Our defense got tired because they had the ball so much,” Hall said. “It is hard to score when you don’t have the ball.

“A three-goal game is anybody’s game, but we couldn’t finish. We couldn’t capitalize.”

Mitchel Snyder and Cameron Gilchrist each had two goals for Broughton. Levin and Dan Veneziano had two goals each for the Wildcats.

East Chapel will play Durham Jordan (11-6) in the third round. Jordan knocked off Panther Creek 10-6. East Chapel Hill defeated Jordan twice during the regular season.

On the other side of the bracket, Green Hope (13-7) will play either Apex (17-2) or Wilmington Ashley (11-5) in the other Eastern semifinal. Green Hope defeated Wakefield 14-11. Green Hope’s Harrison Wynne and Nolan Paussa led the Falcons with four goals each. Wakefield was led by Casey McKaskel with four goals.

Chapel Hill jumped a six-goal lead midway through the second quarter of a 7-1 win over Carrboro in the 1A/2A/3A playoffs.

"I told the players before the game that you've got to play at a higher level in each round," said Chapel Hill head coach Brent Voelkel, noting the Tigers would face Cardinal Gibbons in the third round. "They're probably the best team in the state, and we'll have to play our best game of the year to make it competitive.

"I believe we can do that, but we've got to rebound quickly from tonight."

In girls play, Cardinal Gibbons (14-2) thumped Green Hope 20-5.

In the N.C. Independent School Athletic Association, Durham Academy, the No. 7 seed, upset No. 2 Ravenscroft 5-4. The Ravens were No. 3 in the N&O rankings.

W.E. Warnock contributed to this story.

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