If there’s an advantage to having a conference opponent 90 minutes away, it happened on Friday when Apex’s lacrosse teams made a trip to a place largely unaffected by two-day rainfall that hit Wake County. Originally scheduled as home games for the Cougars, the varsity doubleheader was held at Pinecrest High in Southern Pines.
The Cougars came away with lopsided wins as expected given the programs’ recent histories.
The Apex boys, last year’s 4A runners-up, defeated the second-year varsity Patriots 16-3.
“We haven’t had a whole lot of difficult games yet but these kids practice really well. They seem to be pretty self-motivated. We’re not looking for effort, it’s there,” Apex boys coach John Hayden said.
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The girls, also state runners-up last year, cruised by the first-year Patriots 19-3. Pinecrest is a only a member of the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference in lacrosse.
It was the last warmup for both teams entering next Saturday’s showdowns in Charlotte.
Apex’s boys will face the team it lost to in the state championship, Charlotte Catholic, at 5:30 p.m. at Providence Day School.
“We’re lucky to have that game at this time. Catholic is looking like they’re at the top of the heap,” Hayden said. “We’ll treat it like a playoff game.”
The Apex girls, also playing at Providence Day, have 2013 state champ Lake Norman at 12:30 p.m.
“I’m still up in the air on my plan,” Apex girls coach Mike Bagnasco said. “It doesn’t matter for conference or anything except if we make it to the title there’s a good chance they’re there. Everybody is going to be down there and parents are going to be driving down and I want to get kids in. I think we match up with them straight up but I’m not sure depth-wise what his plan is.”
The Apex girls (3-0, 3-0) rolled on Friday thanks to goals by Mia Castagnero (six goals, three assists), Meredith Chapman (four goals, three assists), Abbey Flynn (three goals, two assists), Kristen Maselli (three), Graci Fulkerson (one), Alex Tyburski (one) and Emily Beckman (one).
“We’ve been working really hard in practice but we’ve also been using games like this to practice our plays and things we’ll be running in the Lake Norman game, and we know these are our opportunities we have to make mistakes that we can’t make in the Lake Norman game if we want to win,” Chapman said.
The boys (5-0, 5-0) got goals from Chandler Besser (four goals, one assist), Brendan Farrell (three goals, one assist), Cameron Hatch (three goals, two assists), Jack Hayden (three goals, two assists), John Lemoine (one goal), Alex McClue (one goal) and Dayton McGough (one goal). Ryan Campbell had two assists while Justin Freeman, Sean Seaver and Dylan Wolford had one apiece.
Pinecrest’s girls (1-2, 1-2), who already have a win against Holly Springs SWAC play, held their own for much of the game and trailed just 9-3 at halftime.
The Patriots boys (1-3, 1-3), who won three SWAC games last year and have defeated Fuquay-Varina this year, were down 12-2 at half.