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Lacrosse: Lambert boys secure playoff spot with win over West

Wilson, Smith torch Wolverines

POSTED: April 24, 2013 7:41 p.m.
Jared Putnam/Forsyth County News

Lambert sophomore Jake Stanford, right, passes the ball while guarded by West Forsyth’s Stephen Gallagher on Saturday at The Horn.

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Spencer Wilson and Peyton Smith were even more dangerous once they started working together. The Lambert duo each scored a pair of goals in the first quarter off assists from other teammates, then connected for four consecutive scores in the second period. 

Wilson finished with five goals and an assist, while Smith tallied four goals and three assists to help Lambert clinch a spot in the Class 6A state playoffs with a 15-4 victory over West Forsyth during Will Davison Day on Saturday at The Horn.

"[West was] sliding from the crease, so they were leaving those guys open in there and our [players] were finding them," Lambert director of lacrosse Rich Wehman said. "I think that’s why they were getting a lot of looks. We teach the kids to read what they’re getting, and I think they just did a really nice job today with that."

Though assured of a spot in the postseason, Lambert (10-6, 4-2 Area 3-AAAAAA) is out of contention for the area’s top two seeds. The Horns will, for the first time in their four-year history, open the playoffs on the road as either a No. 3 seed or No. 4 seed depending on the results of their last two regular season games.

Wehman said he does not think it will make a difference which seed the team ends up with. He believes the two-time defending state champion Longhorns can still be a contender if they can solve some of the key issues that have plagued them throughout the season.

"We’re still tinkering," Wehman said. "We’ve been in every single game, and we’ve played some really good teams. We’ve had a tendency to break down for like a five-minute period and it’s really cost us.

"If we can eliminate those mistakes then we’re right there. We have a great opportunity here."

The Longhorns host Johns Creek at 8 p.m. on Thursday at The Horn.

The Wolverines (8-5, 2-5) have lost three of their last four games and are out of the postseason picture, but they still have a chance to make history under first-year head coach John Laden. West needs to win only one of its final three games to secure the first winning season in program history.

The Wolverines host North Forsyth in their final home game of the season at 7:15 p.m on Thursday.

 

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