Cary used a quick-strike offense and a smothering defense to beat Fuquay-Varina 15-2 on Tuesday night at Cooper Field.
The Imps (2-2, 2-2 Southwest Wake Athletic Conference) scored five goals over a two-minute, 38-second span in the second quarter and four more in 2 minutes, 27 seconds in the third to dominate the Bengals. Senior attackman Sam McNeece had four goals.
Ethan Lewis, Jacob Snyder and Tanner Orr had two goals each as the Imps look to build their playoff résumé.
“Our offense is looking pretty good this year, and our defense is looking a little better than last year,” McNeece said. “I think if we keep hustling and working hard on our clears, our groundballs and our stick skills, I think we can get into the playoffs this year.”
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The SWAC is a power in boys lacrosse, sending three teams to the third round of the state 4A playoffs last year. Cary wants to join that club.
“These guys want to be a playoff team,” Imps coach Scott Gordon said. “They know where they’ve got to be and they know who they’ve got to beat. That’s their goal, and that’s where we want to be, too.”
Fuquay-Varina coach Jack Bogwicz had a hand in McNeece’s move from midfield to attack, as he played McNeece there on a travel team in the offseason. Gordon likes McNeese at attack because of his larger frame, and it worked well Tuesday.
“He has learned to use his big body to protect that stick,” Gordon said. “He took a lot of hits tonight, but he doesn’t go down very easy. And he’s got a knack for finding his way to the goal.”
The Bengals (0-5, 0-5) have more modest goals in their second year as a program under Bogwicz. Full-time lacrosse players are rare in Fuquay, but Bogwicz hopes the area’s feeder system can yield results in two or three years. Until then, he’s hoping for the best.
“The weather didn’t help us this year,” Bogwicz said. “A team like us, we need that to develop and work with our players. (Tonight), we didn’t give up. I always tell my guys: ‘I can’t control the stick or the refs or the weather, but you and me can control our attitude and our effort. They gave me great attitude, great effort. At this point, where we are, that’s the thing I focus on: attitude and effort.”