Eastern Alamance’s lacrosse squad carried a four-match winning streak into its April 9 road game at Northern Guilford, with first place on the line in the conference.
While the Eagles were unable to come away with victory in Greensboro, falling 22-6 to the Nighthawks, Eastern got back on track the following night by dominating fellow Mid-State Conference rival Western Alamance, 21-2, in the friendly confines of Fred Brady Stadium. Eastern is on track for another state playoff appearance in head coach Tony Aguilar’s curtain call with the Eagles.
Prior to the Northern Guilford match, the Eagles had really gotten rolling, picking up successive triumphs over Asheboro, Eastern Guilford, and Southern Alamance - each win coming by five or more goals. The Eagles looked particularly impressive in a 17-3 blowout of Eastern Guilford in Mebane on April 3.
Eastern’s showdown with Northern Guilford was for first place in their conference, as both teams came in undefeated in league play. The Eagles got off to a solid early start, scoring three first quarter goals to stick within 6-3 heading into the second quarter. In the second, however, the Nighthawks began to separate themselves from Eastern, as the home team scored six unanswered goals to take a 12-3 lead into halftime.
Although Eastern managed to find the night three more times in the third period, Northern Guilford continued to add to its lead, building a commanding 19-6 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. With such a dominating advantage, the Nighthawks called off the dogs a little in the final period, though they managed to hold Eastern off the scoreboard down the stretch, while scoring three additional goals for a 22-6 triumph over the Eagles.
Despite the quick turnaround, Eastern wasted no time taking control of its April 10 home match with Western Alamance. The Eagles dominated across the board on their way to a 21-2 victory. Nine different Eagles scored goals against the Warriors, led by senior Will Stanley’s five goals. Junior Josh Gollnick added four goals, while eleventh grader Austin Bryant recorded a hat trick with three goals.
A trio of EAHS players - juniors Jackson Poteat, Julian Crespo, and River Faulkner - all had two goals in the victory, while junior Nokai Williams, junior Sam Pettigrew, and freshman Brysen Thorpe contributed one goal each. Junior Henry Hohl set up his teammates with three assists, while fellow junior Jake Isley contributed two assists, and Bryant, Crespo, Poteat, Thorpe, and junior Lanier Rice had one assist each.
Senior goalkeeper Jervey McGlothlin went 40 minutes against the Warriors allowing just one goal, saving five Warriors shots. Junior Brannon Maxfield came on down the stretch and gave up Western Alamance’s second goal, but managed to save three Warriors shots on goal.
The victory over the Warriors improved Eastern’s overall record to 6-3, and its conference mark to 4-1.
The Eagles were supposed to travel to Williams Friday night for a road match against the Bulldogs, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. Eastern’s schedule has been severely hampered by this spring’s heavy rains, with games against Cedar Ridge, Orange, East Chapel Hill, and Williams all getting cancelled or postponed.
The Eagles wind down the regular season this week with a pair of local games. On Monday night, EAHS travels to Orange for a return game against the Panthers, and a makeup of a game that was supposed to be played earlier in the season. Orange handed Eastern one of its three losses thus far on the year - an 18-16 shootout win in Mebane back on March 12. On Tuesday night, the Eagles play their final regular season home game on Senior Night against Southeast Guilford. Eastern is looking for a strong finish to secure a seventh straight berth in the NCHSAA state playoffs.