Three games into the season, Fuquay-Varina’s third-year boys lacrosse program has a school record for wins. The Bengals, with an 8-5 victory at Apex Friendship, improved to 2-1.
“This feels really good because I’ve been here since the beginning,” said Alex Czibur, who was a freshman when Fuquay began its lacrosse program. “The hard work is paying off. We played smart and controlled the ball confidently.”
The Patriots (0-3, 0-3) – made up of only freshmen and sophomores – gave the Bengals their best shot, holding a 3-0 lead at halftime, but fell apart as Fuquay put together a run to open the third quarter.
After closing the gap to 4-2, the Bengals rattled off five straight to goals to take a 7-4 lead.
“I told them that they came out sleeping and I was going to coach them the same way, but it was up to them to dig deep and get out of that hole,” Fuquay coach Jack Bogwicz said. “They have the biggest hearts in the world.”
Friendship’s Daniel Ritcey finessed a bounce shot into the top left corner with 5:26 to go to keep the Patriots in the running, but a Czibur goal with just under two minutes remaining in regulation iced the game for Fuquay.
Friendship coach Scott Olive cites his ability to build a program as being why he took the job.
“ I saw their desperate situation … and it was more like family that needed help than any of the other high schools,” Olive said. “Having an opportunity to build a team from scratch is special, when they’re juniors and seniors they’re going to be crazy good.”
Trailing by two goals, a Jakob Shields-to-Max Quinn connection sparked the Bengals’ six goal run.
They said it
“I’m hoping now they can realize ‘I dug deep, I came back to win and I am pretty good,’ and have that confidence,” Bogwicz said.
Three to know
Sam Johnson, Apex Friendship: Johnson went 10-for-12 on faceoffs and also had an assist.
“Johnson has been our workhorse,” Olive said. “He’s been getting progressively better every week. He’s our MVP, he’s all over the place.”
Max Quinn, Fuquay-Varina: Quinn led all scorers with three goals, two of which started and ended the Bengals’ crucial six point run.
Will Flynt, Apex Friendship: Flynt’s versatility at midfield – he played both long stick midfielder and short stick on offense – was a major help to the young Patriots.
Despite being a man down, Friendship flashed potential when the Patriots caught the Bengals on their heels with a quick transition fast break in the third quarter that ended in a Dominic Miracola goal. Hunger Vaughan – who also had a goal in the first quarter – made the final pass while taking a hit from a Fuquay defender.
By the numbers
49: Seconds or less it took for the Bengals to strike after scoring on three of their goals in the third quarter.