Westminster Takes "Battle of Buckhead" and First In Area Standings With 14-7 Win Over Lovett
On Friday, another “Battle of Buckhead” match took place as the Lovett Lions boys lacrosse team hosted the Westminster Wildcats in a key area match up as both teams came into the night with no losses in area play, meaning the winner would take sole possession of first place in the area standings. As expected with any match up between these two schools, the game would start off in a true shootout style as they would exchange goals throughout the opening period of play which would end with the game tied 4-4.
However, in the second quarter, the Wildcats would gain some momentum offensively while shutting the Lions out defensively, outscoring them 4-0 in the period to take an 8-4 lead at the half. Westminster would continue to control the game throughout the third period of play as they would once again keep Lovett from scoring while adding two more goals of their own to take a 10-4 lead at the end of the quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Wildcats would go up by as many as 10 when they took a 14-4 lead, but the Lions would manage to tack on three late goals as the game would end with Westminster picking up the 14-7 win and taking sole possession of first in the area standings. Westminster’s Max Fritz would lead all players with five goals. Steven Crawford would add three goals and Dylan Farley two in the Wildcats win.
Following the game, Westminster head coach, Tony Souza, said that winning face offs was an important part of their victory over the Lions. “We were able to control the ball and I think the face offs helped a lot as we were able to gain possession,” Souza said and continued, “I think what we were able to do on offense gave them a lot of trouble and I thought we did a good job on defense, which gave us the ball back a lot.”
As for taking sole possession of first in the area standings and being able to maintain that position throughout the remainder of the regular season, Sauza says that growing as a team will be vital. “We’re always teaching be better as teammates and we emphasize that what we learn on the field, we need to learn together be it good times or bad times and I think that will carry us throughout the rest of the year,” Sauza said.
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