Ask any Conference 2 coach would tell you theirs is the toughest boys lacrosse conference in the state. It sure seemed like they were right Tuesday night as Athens Drive, Cardinal Gibbons and Holly Springs each advanced to create almost a conference tournament in the East semifinals.
There was a chance for a fourth, but Apex’s chances were lowered quickly as host Chapel Hill came out on all cylinders in a 12-8 victory.
“They beat us straight up,” Apex coach John Hayden said. “We didn’t really make too much noise. We didn’t play the game we wanted to play.”
Chapel Hill (15-3) was led by five goals from Tommy Voelkel.
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“We’ve been preaching all year to come out hard and punch them in the mouth first, so we did,” Voelkel said. “Some nights you score and some nights it’s a team effort and you do the little things. But tonight, I stepped up and scored. The looks were there and I capitalized on them.”
Chapel Hill led by as many as 9-4 during a third period in which each side scored three.
The Tigers kept the Cougars (14-5) off the board for the first nine of the fourth quarter as goalie Corey Silfen stood tall.
Apex’s Taylor Barrs, Luke Sieber and Derek Sweet each had two goals to lead the Cougars.