Whitefield Extends Win Streak To 11 In A Row With 10-9 Win Over East Paulding
On Monday, the Whitefield Academy Wolfpack boys lacrosse team looked to extend their 10 game win streak to 11 in a row as they hosted the East Paulding Raiders in a non-region match up. Do to disciplinary reasons, the Wolfpack would start the game with several starters having to sit out early and the Raiders looked to take advantage of the situation as they would take an early 4-1 lead in the first quarter with Luke McCanhan (4 goals) accounting for three of those goals.
In the second quarter and early part of the third quarter, the Wolfpack would settle in, scoring four unanswered goals to take a 5-4 lead and would go up by as many as two goals when they led 7-5. Whitefield’s Justus Nour would score all four of his goals during the Wolfpack’s 6-1 run. The Raiders would not let the Wolfpack get to far out ahead of them though, as they would respond with a quick 3-0 run to regain the lead, going up 8-7 heading into the final period of play.
After Whitefield would tie the game 8-8, East Paulding would once again take a one pint lead as a Luke Young goal would give them a 9-8 lead, but with just under a minute to go, Whitefield’s Bo Thompson would tie the game and then the Wolfpack would get another goal from Alex Bauer to take a 10-9 lead with :52 remaining in the game. The Raiders would have more than enough time to set up their offense after winning the face off but a turnover would give the ball back over to the Wolfpack, who would eventually go on to win the game.
Following the win, Whitefield head coach John Charles spoke on the fact that he had to sit multiple starters for disciplinary reasons and that was a contributing factor to their slow start. “We actually had a few kids make some bad choices and so about seven of them did not start the game and did not come in until about midway through the first quarter,” Charles said in reference to the starters. He added, that once those player were able to enter the game, he felt that’s when they were able to “pick things up and play from behind” and that was something he was proud to see his team do. “As for the remainder of the season, in which the Wolfpack have two more region games thatif they win, would give them the number one seed out of the area, Coach Charles said off the field, he wants to see his players making “wise choices and playing for God” and on the field, “better control of the ball” is something he’d like to see from his team. “Our defense is playing really well and I think we can compete with just about anybody out there,” Charles added.