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Apex blasts Wakefield girls lacrosse

There are some contests during which Apex goalie Rose Redfoot doesn’t see many shot attempts. But going against an unbeaten Wakefield team, she had plenty of chances to put her stamp on the game.

With Redfoot in the net, Apex rolled to a 20-7 victory Monday at Wakefield, the No. 1 team in The News & Observer area rankings.

“I prefer games like this,” Redfoot said. “The defense was playing really well, and that helps a lot. They cut down on the (attacker’s) angles.”

Fourth-year Wakefield coach Denna Grasso said Redfoot “made some great saves. She was the difference-maker out there.”

Wakefield’s potent offense took more shots than No. 3 Apex, 30-25, but was denied often by Redfoot’s 20 saves. The Wolverines (11-1) entered the game averaging 18.3 goals per contest and hadn’t been held to fewer than 15.

“There are no words to describe how good (Redfoot) is,” Apex coach Mike Bagnasco said. “And one of the things our defense did well is that every time they took a shot, you heard a stick smack. And if the ball is slowed down, you’re not getting it by her. She’s like having another defender on the field.”

Apex (10-1) had eight players score goals, led by six apiece from Mia Castagnero (three assists) and Erin Cornell (one assist). The Cougars led 13-4 at halftime.

Jessie DeLuca and Abey Flynn scored twice for the Cougars with one assist each.

Kristen Maselli, Sarah Arbes, Meredith Chapman and Michaela O’Leary each added one goal to Apex’s tally.

“All of our attackers can score. We don’t have just one player who can do it. It’s usually spread out, and teams have a hard time defending that,” Castagnero said.

Wakefield’s scoring was spread almost evenly among five players: Julie Anne Pretty (two goals, one assist), Abby Blakely (two goals, two assists), Megan Blawas (one goal), Ashley Blawas (one goal) and Hannah Anderson (one goal, one assist).

“We played nervous to start,” Grasso said. “When you don’t see that competition day-in and day-out, it does make it harder to get into these games, and then you get a little shell-shocked.”

Apex has all but locked up Conference 2. Wakefield will need to complete a season sweep of Broughton on May 2 to lock up Conference 3.

With only 60 schools fielding girls’ lacrosse teams, the N.C. High School Athletic Association organizes conferences and re-names them. However, Conference 2 has only teams from the Southwest Wake Athletic 4A and Conference 3 has just teams from the Cap Eight 4A.