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West Forsyth girls lacrosse wins second straight Forsyth Cup

Lady Wolverines clinch title with 13-6 victory over Lambert

POSTED: April 14, 2014 10:58 p.m.
Brian Paglia/Forsyth County News

Lambert’s Molly Walz is swarmed by West Forsyth defenders. The Lady Wolverines’ defense helped West thwart numerous scoring chances for the Lady Longhorns.

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It’s been a year of transition for West Forsyth’s girls’ lacrosse team, but one important constant remains from 2013: the Lady Wolverines are again the Forsyth Cup champions.

The Cup, which is awarded to the Forsyth varsity program that fares best versus its in-county rivals, was hoisted by West for the second consecutive spring after a convincing 13-6 win over Lambert (10-3) on Monday in an Area 3-AAAAAA showdown.

The Lady Wolverines (9-3) will finish the regular season undefeated against Lambert, North, South and Central.

“It was a great win,” said West head coach Dan Kaplan. “We came out and did exactly what we wanted to do—and we’re rewarded with the Cup.” 

West was paced by junior attack Monica Martelli, who scored four goals—including the first of the game.  Junior middie Channing Milford had a fine day as well, chipping in two goals and an assist.

Sophomore middie Sarah Grady scored twice, and junior attack McKinley Puckett found twine once to go along with an assist.

“Each goal got us closer and closer to getting the Cup,” Martelli said, before correcting herself. “Well, towards keeping the Cup.”

West dominated in terms of possession from start to finish, preventing Lambert from generating many good scoring chances. Much of the success in this regard can be attributed to the Lady Wolverines’ ability to protect the ball. Rarely did they commit a turnover.

Martelli played a big role in possession by winning the majority of her face offs.

“The draw control allowed us to [dominate possession],” Kaplan said. “When you control the draw, you control the ball. It’s not like football when you score and the other team gets the ball. That helped a lot.”

When the Lady Longhorns did gain control, West’s defense clamped down and suffocated the Lambert attack. This not only kept the Lady Longhorns from driving to the net, but led to some sloppy plays, as well.

And when Lambert made a mistake, West would more often than not take advantage of the opportunity.

“Our defense played outstanding,” said Kaplan. “The defense itself doubled the ball very well. We worked this week on jumping our adjacent. It’s awesome as a coach to lay out a plan and see your team execute it perfectly.”

The last line of defense was junior goaltender Kara Duclos, who came up with key saves throughout the contest. After West fell into a 2-1 hole early in the first half, Duclos clamped down and stymied most of the Lady Longhorns’ quality chances—deflating the opposition and giving her teammates an extra jolt of energy.

“The girls in front of me played so well,” she said. “Even with me yelling at them, they made things easy for me.”

With Monday’s victory in the books, West will soon head into the postseason in good spirits. The Lady Longhorns now know they can beat any team in the county, and should be poised for a state tournament run.

“These girls work hard,” Kaplan added. “They come out here and work two hours a day, and I put them through a lot … I’m excited for them, because they deserve it all.”


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