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Chapel Hill knocks Carrboro out of state lacrosse playoffs

Carrboro attackman William Cordes (11) tries to thwart an attempt by the Tigers’ Sam Williams to clear the Chapel Hill defensive area during their NCHSAA playoff game. Chapel Hill won the match 7-1.
Carrboro attackman William Cordes (11) tries to thwart an attempt by the Tigers’ Sam Williams to clear the Chapel Hill defensive area during their NCHSAA playoff game. Chapel Hill won the match 7-1. TED SPAULDING

CARRBORO Chapel Hill played a great boys lacrosse game in one half last week at Carrboro. Chapel Hill head coach Brent Voelkel would have been happier if his Tiger had extended their effort over all four quarters.

Chapel Hill jumped out to a 6-0 lead midway through the second quarter of Tuesday’s game and got all the scoring it needed in the first half to win 7-1 in the N.C. High School Athletics Association playoff’s second round.

“It’s hard to get out of a hole that deep,” Carrboro coach Ron Mitchell said. “We played hard all game, and the second half was even, but getting down by six goals was just too much to overcome.”

Chapel Hill midfielder Peter Norwood scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and five other Tigers added one goal apiece as they led 7-1 by halftime. Chapel Hill (10-5) out-shot (7-8) Carrboro by a 15-8 margin in the second half, but neither team tallied in the last two quarters.

“I told the players before the game that you’ve got to play at a higher level in each round,” said Voelkel, noting the Tigers would face Big Eight rival 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.”

But Gibbons (21-0) proved too much for Chapel Hill and eliminated the Tigers from the NCHSAA tournament with a 12-2 defeat Friday night in Raleigh. It marked the third defeat for Chapel Hill at the hands of the undefeated Crusaders, who have spent the entire year at No. 1 in the state’s rankings by Laxpower.com.

In other games Friday, East Chapel Hill hosted Durham Jordan in a NCHSAA 4A game. See www.nchsaa.org for results.

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