By Erik Anderson
Boys lacrosse team moves onto the state semi-finals.
The Mustangs traveled to Eastern High School Monday evening for a rematch against the Eagles in a state quarterfinal match-up. North was full of confidence as they had beaten Eastern 7-5 earlier this month at North in the last regular season game. After a win against Oldham County in the district playoff and a loss to South Oldham in the district championship, North was a district runner-up and drew Eastern, a district champion, to kick off the state tournament.
The Mustangs started the game on the front foot as Senior Jackson Anderson scored the first goal of the game two minutes in with an assist from Senior Spencer Hinnen. EHS tied it up in the first quarter and had two early goals in the second quarter to open up a 3-1 lead. The rest of the first half was a back-and-forth affair. Goals from Hinnen, Senior Chase Hill and Junior Ethan Gay (assisted by Senior Marshall Royce) helped North narrow the gap to just one goal as North trailed only 4-5 as the horn blew for intermission.
Coach Haas rallied the team during halftime and the boys from Goshen came out of the break ready to play as they dominated the third quarter. Hinnen and Hill each scored again before the Eagles responded to tie the game at 6. North finally seized control of the game in the last four and a half minutes of the period as Freshman Luke Hinton scored (assisted by Royce), Sophomore Will Yochum scored (assisted by Gay) and Hinton scored again (assisted by Yochum) to take a 9-6 lead that they would not relinquish.
North started the 4th quarter brightly with a goal from Yochum (assisted by Anderson), but as always seems to happen in key games the opponent found one last burst of energy. Eastern managed to score three straight goals, but the defense refused to break. Seniors Ben Magnus (3 forced turnovers), Jacob Sarno (7 ground balls) and Reid Varda (1 forced turnover and 2 ground balls), along with Senior goalie Parker Congleton (17 saves) squelched the Eagles’ last ditch efforts. North attackman Hinnen delivered the coup de grace (assisted by Royce) in the closing minutes to seal an exciting 11-9 win.