Apex Friendship hosted the Green Level lacrosse teams in their first official games in program history. It was a great night for lacrosse in the triangle and a great moment for both programs to be able to share an historic moment together in an early season double-header.
The girls started the night in spectacular fashion as they went toe-to-toe with a veteran Patriot team. The Gators on the opening draw and got a great look on a crease roll from Meg Wilson but Friendship goalie Evie Kuersud made the first of her eleven (11) saves on the night.
After some back and forth action it was Friendship who struck first on a goal by Lauren Allen. Sophomores Bailey Phillips and Avery Strause scored their first of the season to make it a 3 goal run early in the first half.
It was Katie Hunter who finally got the Gators on the board with a crease roll up the right side where she beat two defenders to the middle and dumped it in low. Friendship's Megan Parker answered a couple minutes later to push the lead to 4-1.
Green Level would then go on a 4-goal run lead by Hunter who netted 3 goals. Vicky Marjuchin also scored in the run, to take a 5-4 lead a little more than halfway through the game.
Friendship would respond with a 4-goal run of their own (Parker , Phillips, Megan Vaughn), to end the half up 8-5.
The second half was a series of runs by each team. Friendship was able to stretch their lead to 13-6 before Green Level attempted a comeback. The Gators were able to pull to within two goals at 14-12. Parker Vaughn and Lilly Campbell scored late for the Patriots to seal a final 16-12.
In the boy's game it was a back and forth battle with one-sided results. Apex Friendship came out and scored the first goal of the game on an unassisted drive by Jack Parker. Two minutes later Peter Mucciaccio scored the first goal for the Gator's program on a low-to-low shot in transition.
Green Level would give the Patriots all they could handle throughout the rest of the quarter, relenting only 3 goals to go down 4-1 after the first quarter in program history.
Friendship would keep plugging away as their experience continued to wear down the young Gator defense led by Zach Mansfield and Andrew Kay with Skylar Stein in net. After the first half, the score was 7-1 in favor of Apex Friendship.
The third quarter was a lot of back and forth with just a single goal scored by Apex Friendship Zach Criddle scoring his third of the game, capitalizing on a feed from Dylan Cote.
The final stanza saw four different Patriots score to bring the final to 12-1.
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